Shameless — In the midst of a very strong third season, Shameless will be back for a fourth, hoping to maintain the critical and ratings momentum it has been building.
House of Lies — I had hoped the shaky first season was not a sign of what was to come, but three episodes into the second season, “House of Lies” is still a show with a much better cast than the writing deserves. It’s become something akin to “Entourage” with consultants.
Californiacation — After six seasons, apparently Showtime has not tired of David Duchovny’s sex dramedy, although Showtime has a tendency to keep its programs around long past their expiration date (“Dexter,” “Weeds”). I can’t speak to that on “Californiacation,” however, because I stopped watching after the first season.
Banshee — Cinemax picked up this good but flawed drama. I was high on the pilot, but subsequent episodes haven’t been as strong and my interest is waning.