A ‘Shameless’ Family Affair Premieres Tonight on Showtime

BY: FRAZIER MOORE NEW YORK — The new Showtime drama “Shameless” overflows with its boozy, heedless father and the six unsinkable kids who care for him and one another. William H. Macy (“Fargo,” “Door to Door”) plays the shiftless grifter dad. As Frank, he is abrasive, self-absorbed, manipulative and delusional. “I’m the father, teacher, mentor, […]

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Macy, Rossum Starring in Showtime’s ‘Shameless’

LOS ANGELES The long-running British TV drama ‘Shameless‘ is being adapted for Showtime with William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum leading the cast. The premium cable channel said Thursday it’s ordered 12 episodes of the series about a Chicago blue-collar family. The executive producers are the drama’s original creator, Paul Abbott, and John Wells, whose […]

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Can John Wells Turn the Recession into Good TV?

Where Emmy-winning funny man Kelsey Grammer came up ratings-poor, can veteran drama auteur John Wells strike it rich, mining the recession for good TV? Wells, who has brought us such acclaimed fare as ‘ER‘ and ‘The West Wing,’ is now executive-producing a Showtime pilot about a working-class Chicago family waylaid by the recession. In ‘Shameless,’ […]

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