James Abbott, the writer and creator of the UK’s original Shameless TV series, says that the 11th season will be the show’s last, notes THR. Production is currently underway in Manchester on the final 14 episodes. They’ll air sometime in 2013.
Abbott, who is is planning “a suitably Shameless finale,” believes the time is right to end the show.
He said, “We’ve given back in spades and got away with absolute murder, on behalf of such a fantastically outspoken audience. But this is also the year my Dad died and he was, in abstract, my core inspiration for starting the whole Shameless party rolling, I wanted to make invisible people vivid. Closing the two eras in the same year feels very right. Now I’m off to build the next whatever-it-is.”
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, called the show “ground-breaking when it launched and gob-smacking ever since.”
Shameless initially focused on Frank Gallagher, his six children, and their friends and neighbors. The Maguire family was later introduced and has become the focus of the show as the Gallagher children have departed. Only David Threlfall and Rebecca Atkinson have remained since the beginning.
A US version of Shameless started airing on Showtime in 2011 to successful ratings and critical acclaim. Starring William H. Macy, that show has been renewed for a third season.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the original Shameless? Are you sorry that it’s ending or should it have ended earlier?