Due to difficult contract talks, it looked like the Shameless TV show might be cancelled after its seventh season on Showtime, or return without star Emmy Rossum, who was holding out for pay parity. In the end, all parties were able to arrive at an agreement, so the Gallagher family is back for its eighth season. How long will viewers have a ringside seat to their dysfunction? Will Shameless be cancelled or renewed for season nine? Stay tuned.
A black comedy, Shameless follows alcoholic father Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) and his six resilient, self-reliant kids who scramble to survive without him. In addition to Macy and Rossum, the Showtime series also stars Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hamptom, Jeremy Allen White, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Isidora Goreshter, and Christian Isaiah. This year, recurring guest stars include Jessica Szohr, Faran Tahir, Elliot Fletcher, and Scott Michael Campbell.
In Shameless, season eight, Franks lays off the drugs and decides to work for a living. Meanwhile, Fiona (Rossum) realizes her success as a landlord comes at a price for others. As Lip (White) struggles with sobriety’s sacrifices, Ian (Monaghan) wants to win back Trevor (Fletcher), and Debbie (Kenney) juggles single motherhood with work and welding school. After losing his scholarship, Carl (Cutkosky) has to find another way to finance his tuition, while Liam (Isaiah) starts to understand how different his family is from those of his schoolmates. In addition, Kev (Howey) and V (Hampton) look for a way to handle things with Svetlana (Goreshter), after she swipes their bar, The Alibi.
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For comparisons: The seventh season of Shameless averaged a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.416 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you still like the Shameless TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a ninth season on Showtime?