The Gallaghers are not going anywhere.
Showtime today confirmed it has renewed Shameless for another season just days after Shameless Season 8 kicked off.
The news comes as no surprise when you consider the fact that it launched with its highest-rated premiere since 2013.
“As challenging as it can be for any show simply to maintain viewers in the current TV landscape, Shameless is adding them in droves,” David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., confirmed in a statement.
“But it’s no mystery why. The series’ reputation for rich and resonant characters and for deep — and deeply twisted — comedy has drawn not only faithful longtime viewers, but a steadily growing audience. And creatively, the season that kicked off this past Sunday is stronger than ever.”
Adds showrunner John Wells, “We are so grateful to Showtime for giving us the opportunity to continue making Shameless. It’s a labor of love (and a blast) for all of us.”
While most series on Showtime have been trending downwards, Shameless has remained as a venerable hit and continues to garner critical acclaim.
in Shameless Season 8, the Gallaghers are trying to be the best possible versions of themselves. Emmy Rossum's Fiona is the landlady of an apartment block in an up and coming part of the Southside, while still pulling double duty at Patsy's Diner.
William H. Macy's Frank has turned to Buddhism to help say goodbye to his ex-wife Monica, whom he believes is the one responsible for his alcohol and drug-fueled binges.
Lip is trying to stay off the alcohol and drugs, and has a solid support system, Ian is still an EMT, but he's trying to win his scorned ex-boyfriend, Elliot back.
Debbie is training to become a welder, Carl is trying to stay in shape for the military and young Liam is enrolled in a prestigious private school.
It all sounds too perfect, right? With this family, it will only be a matter of time before it all comes crashing down and they come together as a family unit to get through it.
Shameless is a remake of the British series of the same name. That series lasted 11 seasons. At the rate Shameless is going, it could easily surpass that.
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