Shameless (U.S. TV series)

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Shameless
Shameless 2011 Intertitle.png
GenreDramedy
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
Laura Slade Wiggins
Opening theme"The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
Composer(s)iZLER
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (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
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
GenreDramedy
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
Laura Slade Wiggins
Opening theme"The Luck You Got" by The High Strung
Composer(s)iZLER
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24 (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
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runJanuary 9, 2011 (2011-01-09) – present
Chronology
Related showsShameless (UK)
External links
Website

Shameless is an American television dramedy series that airs on Showtime. It is a remake of the award-winning British series of the same name broadcast on Channel 4. The series is set in Chicago's South Side Canaryville neighborhood, although it is filmed in South Lawndale, Chicago[1] and Burbank, California at Warner Bros. Studios. The series premiered on January 9, 2011.[2] The show's second season, which began shooting on July 5,[3] premiered on Sunday, January 8, 2012.[4] On February 1, 2012, the series was renewed for a third season,[5] which began shooting on June 27, 2012.[6]

Contents

Premise

The series follows 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.[7] 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."[7] 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".[7]

Cast

Main cast/Characters

Recurring cast

Development and production

Somehow all the resonances from the original series occur in the remake, but in a different vocabulary[7]

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.[9] By October 2009, the development had moved to Showtime. John Wells Productions filmed a pilot episode for the cable network in December 2009.[10] William H. Macy stars in the lead role as Frank Gallagher.[11] Also joining the cast were former Dragonball Evolution co-stars Emmy Rossum as Fiona, and Justin Chatwin as Steve.[12][13] 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.[7]

In April 2010, Showtime green-lit the series with a twelve-episode order.[14] In late August, Joan Cusack was cast as Sheila, a romantic interest for Frank, replacing Allison Janney, who portrayed the role in the pilot.[15] Production began in mid-September.[15]

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.[2]

Although the series is set in Chicago, the show is mostly filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago.[16]

Episodes

Reception

Ratings

The first episode of the series, "Pilot", was watched by 982,000 viewers, which makes it the network's biggest turnout for a series premiere since Dead Like Me in 2003.[17] The episode airing January 30, "Casey Casden", received 1.45 million total viewers, making Shameless the best performing first-year drama on Showtime.[18]

Reviews

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 average score on Metacritic is a 66, which is a generally favorable review.[19] 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'".[20] BuddyTV ranked Shameless #8 on its list of 2011's best new TV shows.[21]

Accolades

Worldwide release

CountryNetworkPremiere Date
 ArgentinaI.Sat Argentina2011 – present
 AustraliaWDecember 2011 – present
Brazil BrazilI.Sat Brazil2011 – present
Bulgaria BulgariabTV Cinema2012, July 28 - present
 CanadaThe Movie NetworkJanuary 2011 – present
 CanadaCitytvApril 2012 – present
 CanadaAddik TvFebruary 2012 – present
 CroatiaDoma TVAugust 2012 – present
Finland FinlandCanal+March 2011 – present
France FranceCanal +September 2011 – present
Germany GermanyFOX ChannelJanuary 23, 2012
Hungary HungaryViasat3March 2012 – present
 JapanWOWOWDecember 2011 – present
 ItalyMyaOctober 10, 2011 – present
 IrelandRTÉ TwoJanuary 27, 2011 – present
Israel IsraelHot NetworkNovember 2011 – present
New Zealand New ZealandTV2November 2011 – present
Norway NorwayCanal+March 2011 – present
Norway NorwayVOXPremiering in April[22]
Peru PeruI.Sat2011 – present
Poland PolandnPremium HDSeptember 2011 - present
Portugal PortugalRTP2July 2011 – present
Portugal PortugalFOXJune 2012 – present
Slovenia SloveniaPOP BrioDecember 2011 – present
 South AfricaM-NetDecember 2011 – present
 South AfricaM-Net HDDecember 2011 – present
Sweden SwedenCanal+March 2011 – present
 TurkeyCNBC-e2011 – present
 Turkeye2March 15, 2011 – present[23]
 United KingdomMore 4April 2011 – present
 United StatesShowtimeJanuary 2011 – present

References

  1. ^ Anonymous. "Shameless". filming.90210locations.info. http://filming.90210locations.info/tv-locations/shameless/. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (July 12, 2010). "January Premiere Dates For Showtime's 'Shameless', 'Episodes' & 'Californication'". Deadline Hollywood. http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/january-premiere-dates-for-showtimes-shameless-episodes/. 
  3. ^ Emmy Rossum (2011-07-03). "@emmyrossum on Twitter". Twitter. http://twitter.com/#!/emmyrossum/status/87547781463539712. Retrieved 2011-07-18. "Crazy week getting ready for season two. Tuesday july 5 is day 1 of shooting. Read thru Thursday was great. We have a lot of fun in store!" 
  4. ^ Porter, Rick (2011-08-04). "'Weeds' may continue past Season 7; 'Shameless' returns in January". Zap2it. http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/weeds-may-continue-past-season-7-shameless-returns-in-january.html. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  5. ^ Gorman, Bill (2012-02-01). "Showtime Renews 'Shameless,' 'House Of Lies,' & 'Californication'". TVByTheNubmers.com. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/02/01/showtime-renews-shameless-house-of-lies-californication/118379/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tvbythenumbers+%28TVbytheNumbers%29. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Okay, bedtime. First day of shooting for season 3 starts tomorrow!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
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  10. ^ Moody, Mike (April 8, 2010). "Showtime picks up 'Shameless' remake". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/news/a213083/showtime-picks-up-shameless-remake.html. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  11. ^ "William H Macy fits the bill perfectly as drunk Frank Gallagher in new U.S. version of hit show Shameless". The Daily Mail (London). 3 November 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1325956/William-H-Macy-set-star-Frank-Gallagher-US-version-Shameless.html. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Allison Janney, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin Join US Shameless Remake – Sky TV". Tv.sky.com. http://tv.sky.com/allison-janney-joins-us-shameless-remake. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  13. ^ Martin, Daniel (January 7, 2011). "Shameless remake set for US TV debut". guardian.co.uk (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/jan/07/shameless-remake-us-tv-debut. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Showtime Greenlights Shameless to Series". The Futon Critic. April 8, 2010. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2010/04/08/showtime-greenlights-shameless-to-series-35250/20100408showtime01/. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 31, 2010). "Joan Cusack Joins Showtime's 'Shameless'". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/joan-cusack-joins-showtimes-shameless/#more-64022. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  16. ^ "It's showtime for 'Shameless' stars in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. November 13, 2011. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-13/entertainment/chi-showtime-shameless-chicago-20111113_1_shanola-hampton-jeremy-allen-white-cameron-monaghan. 
  17. ^ Reynolds, Mike (January 10, 2011). "'Shameless' Opens As Showtime's Top Drama Series Debut In Seven Years". MultiChannel News. http://www.multichannel.com/article/462230-_Shameless_Opens_As_Showtime_s_Top_Drama_Series_Debut_In_Seven_Years.php. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ Gorman, Bill (1 February 2011). ""Shameless" Ratings Rise On Sunday". TV By The Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/02/01/shameless-ratings-rise-on-sunday/81128. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Shameless (US): Season 1". Metacritic. January 24, 2011. http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shameless-us/season-1/critic-reviews. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  20. ^ O'Nell, Tom. "Can 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum win an Emmy?". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/awards/2011/03/shameless-showtime-emmy-rossum-tv-news-story.html?cid=6a00d8341c630a53ef014e5fe920b6970c. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  21. ^ "The 11 Best New TV Shows of 2011". BuddyTV. http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/game-of-thrones/the-11-best-new-tv-shows-of-2011-84679.aspx. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.voxtv.no/programmer/shameless/shameless-1.14624
  23. ^ http://www.e2.tv.tr/Kusaklar/bolumozetleri.aspx?broadcastId=50

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