Shameless just aired its midseason finale, but will there be a 10th season? Recently, showrunner John Wells spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the Showtime TV show.
The dark comedy follows alcoholic father Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) and his resilient, self-reliant kids who scramble to survive. The cast also includes Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, and Cameron Monaghan.
Already, we’ve reported two cast members are leaving Shameless — Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan. So will the Showtime series continue without two of its leading stars? Wells told THR that he hopes Monaghan and Rossum will return someday:
That’s a decision for the actors to make. As Emmy said in her statement, Fiona is “moving down the block.” I’m hopeful that she’s going to miss us enough that she wants to keep coming back and doing more in the future. And the same with Cam. I hope he decides that he wants to figure out a way to stay involved. But the show was always about Frank (Macy) as our central character and we’ve really enjoyed being able to write more for Debbie (Emma Kenney) and for Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) as they’ve grown up from being child actors to being young adults. I love the Lip (Jeremy Allen White) character and what Jeremy has done with that character. His world is expanding and we’ll expand with it. I think we’re going to try and mirror what happens in your own family when people start leaving and how you expand out into other worlds.”
As for a 10th season, Wells says he’s hopeful it will happen if William H. Macy is in:
I think at this point if the man who plays Frank doesn’t do it anymore, we’re probably looking at having to decide whether [continuing the show] makes sense or not. We described Frank as the proverbial cockroach who will still be around after the apocalypse, and if Bill were to decide he didn’t want to make the show anymore I think we probably would really be looking at not doing it anymore. But the show continues to do very well. We all still want to write it, and as far as I know Bill does [want to continue]. I’ll be very surprised if we don’t at least do a season 10.”
What do you think? Do you watch Shameless? Do you want a 10th season?