Shameless (U.S. TV series)

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Shameless
Shameless 2011 Intertitle.png
GenreComedy-drama
Created byPaul Abbott
Developed byJohn Wells
Written byPaul Abbott
John Wells
Nancy M. Pimental
Alex Borstein
Etan Frankel
Mike O'Malley
Cindy Caponera
StarringWilliam H. Macy
Emmy Rossum
Justin Chatwin
Ethan Cutkosky
Shanola Hampton
Steve Howey
Emma Kenney
Cameron Monaghan
Jeremy Allen White
Joan Cusack
Noel Fisher
Emma Greenwell
Jake McDorman
Zach McGowan
Laura Slade Wiggins
Opening theme"The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
Composer(s)iZLER
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Wells
Paul Abbott
Andrew Stearn
Producer(s)Michael Hissrich
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles, California
Running time45–55 minutes
Production company(s)Bonanza Productions
John Wells Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Showtime Networks
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runJanuary 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) – present
Chronology
Related showsShameless (UK)
External links
Website
 
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Shameless
Shameless 2011 Intertitle.png
GenreComedy-drama
Created byPaul Abbott
Developed byJohn Wells
Written byPaul Abbott
John Wells
Nancy M. Pimental
Alex Borstein
Etan Frankel
Mike O'Malley
Cindy Caponera
StarringWilliam H. Macy
Emmy Rossum
Justin Chatwin
Ethan Cutkosky
Shanola Hampton
Steve Howey
Emma Kenney
Cameron Monaghan
Jeremy Allen White
Joan Cusack
Noel Fisher
Emma Greenwell
Jake McDorman
Zach McGowan
Laura Slade Wiggins
Opening theme"The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
Composer(s)iZLER
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes48 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)John Wells
Paul Abbott
Andrew Stearn
Producer(s)Michael Hissrich
Location(s)Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles, California
Running time45–55 minutes
Production company(s)Bonanza Productions
John Wells Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Showtime Networks
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runJanuary 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) – present
Chronology
Related showsShameless (UK)
External links
Website

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[1][2][3] neighborhood on the South Side, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago.[4] The series premiered on January 9, 2011.[5] The show's second season, which began shooting on July 5, 2011[6] premiered on Sunday, January 8, 2012.[7] On February 1, 2012, the series was renewed for a third season,[8] which began shooting on June 27, 2012[9] and premiered on Sunday, January 13, 2013.[10] On January 29, 2013, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fourth season,[11] which premiered on January 12, 2014. On February 18, 2014, Showtime renewed Shameless for a fifth season.[12]

Premise[edit]

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.[13] 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."[13] 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".[13]

Main cast[edit]

ActorCharacterSeasons
Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4
William H. MacyFrank GallagherMain
Emmy RossumFiona GallagherMain
Justin ChatwinSteve Wilton
Jimmy Lishman
MainCameo
Jeremy Allen WhitePhilip "Lip" GallagherMain
Cameron MonaghanIan GallagherMain
Emma KenneyDebbie GallagherMain
Ethan CutkoskyCarl GallagherMain
Brennan Kane Johnson
Blake Alexander Johnson
Liam GallagherMain
Shanola HamptonVeronica FisherMain
Steve HoweyKevin BallMain
Joan CusackSheila JacksonMain
Laura Slade WigginsKaren JacksonMainRecurring
Noel FisherMickey MilkovichRecurringMain
Jane Levy (season 1)
Emma Greenwell
Mandy MilkovichRecurringMain
Zach McGowanJody SilvermanRecurringMain
Jake McDormanMike PrattRecurringMain
Emily BerglSammiRecurring

Development and production[edit]

Somehow all the resonances from the original series occur in the remake, but in a different vocabulary[13]

Paul Abbott in an interview with The New York Times

HBO began developing an American version of Shameless after striking a deal with John Wells in January 2009.[14] By October 2009 the development had moved to Showtime. John Wells Productions filmed a pilot episode for the cable network in December 2009.[15] William H. Macy stars in the lead role as Frank Gallagher.[16] Also joining the cast were former Dragonball Evolution co-stars Emmy Rossum as Fiona and Justin Chatwin as Steve.[17][18] 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.[13]

In April 2010, Showtime green-lit the series with a twelve-episode order.[19] In late August Joan Cusack was cast as Sheila, a romantic interest for Frank, replacing Allison Janney, who portrayed the role in the pilot.[20] Production began in mid-September.[20]

A preview of the pilot aired on December 12, 2010, after the Season 5 finale of Dexter. The first season officially began airing on Showtime on Sunday, January 9, 2011.[5]

It is filmed in the North Lawndale[21] community area of Chicago[22] and Burbank, California, at Warner Bros. Studios.

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.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

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.[23] The episode airing January 30, "Casey Casden", received 1.45 million total viewers, making Shameless the best performing first-year drama on Showtime.[24]

Reviews[edit]

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.[25] 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'".[26] BuddyTV ranked Shameless #8 on its list of 2011's best new TV shows.[27]

Awards and accolades[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.
2011Artios AwardOutstanding Achievement in Casting
Television Pilot - Drama
John Frank LeveyNominated[28]
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actor in a Drama SeriesWilliam H. MacyNominated[29]
2011Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesJoan CusackNominated[30]
2011Satellite AwardBest Actor - Television Series DramaWilliam H. MacyNominated[31]
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Actress in a Drama SeriesEmmy RossumNominated[32]
2012GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesShowtimeNominated[33]
2012Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesJoan CusackNominated[34]
2012Prism AwardComedy Series - Substance Use Prism AwardShamelessWon[35]
Best Performance in a Comedy SeriesWilliam H. MacyWon
Best Performance in a Comedy SeriesEmmy RossumNominated[36]
2013BMI Film & TV AwardBMI Cable Television Music AwardFil Eisler (as iZler)Won[37]
2013Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesJoan CusackNominated[38]
2013Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series
Recurring Young Actor
Nicky KorbaNominated[39]
2014GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Drama SeriesShowtimeNominated[40]
2014Young Artist AwardBest Performance in a TV Series
Guest Starring Young Actor 14-16
C.J. BerdahlPending[41]

Worldwide release[edit]

CountryNetworkPremiere date
 ArgentinaI.Sat Argentina2011 – present
 AustraliaSoHoDecember 2011 – present
Austria AustriaFOX ChannelJanuary 23, 2012 – present
ORF einsNovember 4, 2013 – present
Brazil BrazilI.Sat Brazil2011 – present
Bulgaria BulgariabTV,bTV Cinema2012, July 28 – present
 CanadaThe Movie NetworkJanuary 2011 – present
CityApril 2012 – present
Addik TVFebruary 2012 – present
 ChileI-sat2011 – present
 CroatiaDoma TVAugust 2012 – present
Finland FinlandCanal+March 2011 – present
SubApril 2013
France FranceCanal +September 2011 – present
Germany GermanyFOX ChannelJanuary 23, 2012 – present
Hungary HungaryViasat3March 2012 – present
 JapanWOWOWDecember 2011 – present
 ItalyMyaOctober 10, 2011 – present
 IrelandRTÉ TwoJanuary 27, 2011 – present
Israel IsraelHot NetworkNovember 2011 – present
Lithuania LithuaniaTV1November 2012 – present
New Zealand New ZealandTV2November 2011 – present
Netherlands NetherlandsTNT Benelux2012 – present
Norway NorwayCanal+March 2011 – present
VOXPremiering in April[42]
Peru PeruI.Sat2011 – present
Poland PolandnPremium HDSeptember 2011 – present
Portugal PortugalRTP2July 2011 – present
FOXJune 2012 – present
Russia RussiaAmedia PremiumJuly 2013 – present
Slovenia SloveniaPOP BrioDecember 2011 – present
 South AfricaM-NetDecember 2011 – present
M-Net HDDecember 2011 – present
Sweden SwedenCanal+March 2011 – present
 TurkeyCNBC-e2011 – present
e2March 15, 2011 – present[43]
 United KingdomMore4April 2011 – present
 United StatesShowtimeJanuary 2011 – present
Spain SpainCanal+March 2011 – present
FDFJuly 2013 – present
ThailandTrue seriesJanuary 2011 – present

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