Shameless (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||Paul Abbott|
|Developed by||John Wells|
|Written by||Paul Abbott
Nancy M. Pimental
|Starring||William H. Macy
Jeremy Allen White
Laura Slade Wiggins
|Opening theme||"The Luck You Got" by The High Strung|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||48 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||John Wells
Los Angeles, California
|Running time||45–55 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bonanza Productions
John Wells Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original run||January 9, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Shameless (UK)|
Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago. The series premiered on January 9, 2011. The show's second season, which began shooting on July 5, 2011 premiered on Sunday, January 8, 2012. On February 1, 2012, the series was renewed for a third season, which began shooting on June 27, 2012 and premiered on Sunday, January 13, 2013. On January 29, 2013, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fourth season, which premiered on January 12, 2014. On February 18, 2014, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fifth season.
The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.
The show's producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank's alcoholism affects his family. Paul Abbott, creator of the original, said, "It's not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It's got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It's not blue collar; it's no collar." When John Wells, the showrunner, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park. He explained, "We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren't 'the other' – they're people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over".
|Season 1||Season 2||Season 3||Season 4|
|William H. Macy||Frank Gallagher||Main|
|Emmy Rossum||Fiona Gallagher||Main|
|Justin Chatwin||Steve Wilton
|Jeremy Allen White||Philip "Lip" Gallagher||Main|
|Cameron Monaghan||Ian Gallagher||Main|
|Emma Kenney||Debbie Gallagher||Main|
|Ethan Cutkosky||Carl Gallagher||Main|
|Brennan Kane Johnson
Blake Alexander Johnson
|Shanola Hampton||Veronica Fisher||Main|
|Steve Howey||Kevin Ball||Main|
|Joan Cusack||Sheila Jackson||Main|
|Laura Slade Wiggins||Karen Jackson||Main||Recurring|
|Noel Fisher||Mickey Milkovich||Recurring||Main|
|Jane Levy (season 1)
|Zach McGowan||Jody Silverman||Recurring||Main|
|Jake McDorman||Mike Pratt||Recurring||Main|
Development and production
HBO began developing an American version of Shameless after striking a deal with John Wells in January 2009. By October 2009 the development had moved to Showtime. John Wells Productions filmed a pilot episode for the cable network in December 2009. William H. Macy stars in the lead role as Frank Gallagher. Also joining the cast were former Dragonball Evolution co-stars Emmy Rossum as Fiona and Justin Chatwin as Steve. Paul Abbott, whose semi-autobiographical telescript became the pilot episode for the original UK version, is credited as an executive producer on the U.S. version.
In April 2010, Showtime green-lit the series with a twelve-episode order. In late August Joan Cusack was cast as Sheila, a romantic interest for Frank, replacing Allison Janney, who portrayed the role in the pilot. Production began in mid-September.
A unique presenting trademark is a main character's breaking the fourth wall at episode beginnings, inquiring as to why the viewer supposedly didn't view the previous episode before recap flashbacks with unaired scenes.
The first episode of the series, "Pilot", was watched by 982,000 viewers, making it the network's biggest turnout for a series premiere since Dead Like Me in 2003. The episode airing January 30, "Casey Casden", received 1.45 million total viewers, making Shameless the best performing first-year drama on Showtime.
Critical reaction to the series has been mostly positive. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said that "Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing". The show's first season score on Metacritic is a 66 of 100, which is a generally favorable review. The second season score on Metacritic is a 76 of 100, indicating increasingly favorable reviews. Tom O'Neill of the Los Angeles Times acknowledged the Emmy buzz around Shameless, especially the performance of Emmy Rossum, stating "she didn't have much Emmy buzz after Shameless debuted in January, but that changed after she gave powerhouse turns in such episodes as 'But at Last Came a Knock'". BuddyTV ranked Shameless #8 on its list of 2011's best new TV shows.
Awards and accolades
|Argentina||I.Sat Argentina||2011 – present|
|Australia||SoHo||December 2011 – present|
|Austria||FOX Channel||January 23, 2012 – present|
|ORF eins||November 4, 2013 – present|
|Brazil||I.Sat Brazil||2011 – present|
|Bulgaria||bTV,bTV Cinema||2012, July 28 – present|
|Canada||The Movie Network||January 2011 – present|
|City||April 2012 – present|
|Addik TV||February 2012 – present|
|Chile||I-sat||2011 – present|
|Croatia||Doma TV||August 2012 – present|
|Finland||Canal+||March 2011 – present|
|France||Canal +||September 2011 – present|
|Germany||FOX Channel||January 23, 2012 – present|
|Hungary||Viasat3||March 2012 – present|
|Japan||WOWOW||December 2011 – present|
|Italy||Mya||October 10, 2011 – present|
|Ireland||RTÉ Two||January 27, 2011 – present|
|Israel||Hot Network||November 2011 – present|
|Lithuania||TV1||November 2012 – present|
|New Zealand||TV2||November 2011 – present|
|Netherlands||TNT Benelux||2012 – present|
|Norway||Canal+||March 2011 – present|
|VOX||Premiering in April|
|Peru||I.Sat||2011 – present|
|Poland||nPremium HD||September 2011 – present|
|Portugal||RTP2||July 2011 – present|
|FOX||June 2012 – present|
|Russia||Amedia Premium||July 2013 – present|
|Slovenia||POP Brio||December 2011 – present|
|South Africa||M-Net||December 2011 – present|
|M-Net HD||December 2011 – present|
|Sweden||Canal+||March 2011 – present|
|Turkey||CNBC-e||2011 – present|
|e2||March 15, 2011 – present|
|United Kingdom||More4||April 2011 – present|
|United States||Showtime||January 2011 – present|
|Spain||Canal+||March 2011 – present|
|FDF||July 2013 – present|
|Thailand||True series||January 2011 – present|
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