‘Shameless’ Renewed for Season 7 at Showtime

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Shameless” has been renewed for a seventh season.

The renewal, announced Tuesday by Showtime CEO David Nevins at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., comes just two days after the dramedy’s Season 6 premiere.

All key cast members are expected to return for Season 7, according to Nevins.

The order, like previous seasons of “Shameless,” consists of 12 episodes. Season 7 will head into production sometime this year.

“Shameless” kicked off its sixth season this past Sunday with nearly 1.5 million viewers up against the Golden Globes on NBC. Last season, the dramedy averaged about 1.6 million viewers in “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, making it the network’s second most popular show behind “Homeland.”

Starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, “Shameless” debuted in January 2011. The series revolves around the dysfunctional Gallagher family, headed by patriarch Frank Gallagher, played by Macy.

Also at TCA, it was announced that the fifth season of Matt LeBlanc’s “Episodes” will likely be the final season of the series.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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  1. shady says:

    there is no television in this world without Shameless! Please keep the seasons coming!

  2. kate says:

    Oh thank god i was going to cry if there wasnt another season like ive binged through all 6 seasons in like 2 weeks on Netflix and i have to know what happens next

  3. holly maffia says:

    the best show ever

  4. alefiore93 says:

    I’d like to see again Fiona along with Jimmy / Steve

  5. Achius says:

    Fiona is sample, how life can change us from good to worst. Same with all other characters or vice versa. You call Fiona Whore and Slut ? Well she has problems, she didn’t grew up in so lovely,warmth family like you all. She got nothing from life, but problems. You all just Judge her and have no idea what could happen if you were in her place.

    We all are egoist but not at all. Its all about how much we share and we don’t take a thing, after we think that we can have some piece of our lives. I can’t fking imagine how is it to grow up without parents and with alot hungry children.

  6. Carlpsycho says:

    Fiona is a whore and slut , but of course she’s “shameless”

  7. buckybadger says:

    The show has fallen off. They have to stop pretending Fiona is any kind of a guardian and is thinking of anyone but herself. Show follows to much of a formula. If the character is up at the start of the season he/she will be down at the end.

  8. Jules says:

    I’ve been a loyal Shameless fan since day one! This show is unlike anything else out there…it’s raunchy, funny, sad, and downright entertaining! I’ve watched all of the actors grow up and the characters evolve. I can’t imagine tv without this little gem of a show. KUDDOS to the writers who think outside the box and keep the craziness crazy! I love the cast, too…they are the best! There will never be a show that compares to it!

  9. Deidra says:

    I love Shameless! Every episode has me laughing, crying or both. I’ve watched for 6 seasons. I’ve gotten attached to the kids who are now becoming adults. They were a product of their environment always subjected to whatever came their way. Now they actually have a choice of who they want to be. Bravo Showtime hope there is an 8th Season!

  10. Rena Moretti says:

    6 seasons of bad ratings… Why not a seventh? After all when you’re just throwing money away, who’s counting?

    • Mark says:

      The ratings are fantastic, it’s the second highest rated show on Showtime, second only to Homeland.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Sorry, but the fact Showtime’s schedule is littered with flops doesn’t make Shameless’ bad ratings any better.

  11. Amalgamate says:

    season 7? who is watching this?

    • Mark says:

      People who love great TV, including the 1 500 000 people who tuned in to watch the season premier Sunday night.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        I know… Mentioning the actual ratings of flops and why they’re awful is just oh-so-annoying.

        Didn’t say they were “incompetent”, you did.

        On the other hand, maybe you read my comments about the totally incompetent Mr. Robot, which IS incompetently made and a flop because of that.

        My point is that Showtime is losing money with that show and elected to lose more instead of trying to produce something better (ie. something more people would enjoy).

        If people were blown away by the quality of Showtime’s programming, they’d subscribe. I used to and now I don’t because their programming is just awful (not really blown over by the hype surrounding Homeland which I never could muster any interest in in spite of the great cast).

      • Mark says:

        The Soprano’s was on HBO, which has wider distribution than Showtime, and went off the air in 2007, it’s a very different TV world today. Netflix didn’t even exist back then. 1 500 000 is a very good number for a premium cable show, especially one that has been on the air for 5 years.

        “Pay back the investment,” that doesn’t even make sense, it’s not a movie or video game. If the show attracts viewers and subscribers, which it does, it was a wise investment.

        People like you are so annoying, just because you don’t like a show, you decide that no one else should either and that the people who produce it, must be incompetent. How is the cable channel you run doing in the ratings out of curiosity.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Which, for a “big” season premiere is just awful.

        Remember that The sopranos had double-digit overnight audiences…

        As for it being “great TV”, audiences everywhere disagree.

        It’s a shame more money is being wasted on a show that will never pay back the investment.

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