For a while last year, it looked like the Shameless TV show might be cancelled by Showtime. Eventually though, Emmy Rossum’s contract was resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. Although there was no such agita ahead of the ninth season, Rossum has announced this will be her final turn as fierce Fiona Gallagher. Does this mean the whole clan will pack it in, too? Last fall, William H. Macy indicated the end may well be nigh. Will Shameless be cancelled or renewed for season 10? If it is renewed, will it end there? Stay tuned. **Status update below.
A dark Showtime dramedy, Shameless follows alcoholic father Frank Gallagher (Macy) and his resilient, self-reliant kids who scramble to survive. In addition to Macy and Rossum, the series stars Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Richard Flood, and Christian Isaiah. The cast also includes Scarlet Spencer. In the ninth season of Shameless, which includes the 100th episode, political passions overrun the South Side of Chicago, so the Gallaghers pursue their own brand of justice. While Frank becomes a voice for the everyman, Fiona (Rossum) winds up taking a big risk in hope of bigger rewards. Meanwhile, Kevin (Howey) and V (Hampton) are trying to rebrand the Alibi as a socially conscious business.
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For comparisons: The eighth season of Shameless averaged a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.499 million viewers.
What do you think? Do you still like the Shameless TV show? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a tenth season on Showtime, or end here?
**1/31/2019 Status Update: Shameless has been renewed for season 10 on Showtime. Details here.