Dermot Mulroney will guest star in Season 5 of Showtime‘s series Shameless in a season-long story arc. Mulroney will play ex-bad boy and recovering addict Sean Pierce, Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) new manager at Patsy’s Pies. Mulroney most recently appeared with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ award-winning August: Osage County. He also starred as a series regular in Crisis. Currently, Mulroney is in production on his first horror genre movie, Insidious 3: Into The Further.
EMMY Noms Analysis: ‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ & ‘Shameless’ Fare Well Amid Category Brouhaha As Free-TV Slips To New Low
In the months leading to this year’s Primetime Emmy nominations, a lot of attention was focused on HBO’s decision to enter the eight-episode True Detective as a drama series, Showtime switching Shameless from drama to comedy series after three seasons, and Netflix entering Orange Is the New Black as a comedy after calling it a drama for the Golden Globes.
The moves worked fine for all three. True Detective and Orange Is The New Black each netted 12 noms – a very strong showing for freshman series — to tie veteran Downton Abbey and Seth MacFarlane’s documentary Cosmos as the fourth-most-nominated primetime series. Both landed noms in all major categories they were eligible for, including best drama (True Detective) and comedy series (Orange), best lead actor/actress, best writing, directing and casting.
Meanwhile, after a single Emmy nom for each of its first three seasons competing as a drama series — all for recurring guest actress Joan Cusack — Shameless more than doubled its Emmy tally with three noms this year. That includes a break into the lead actor category for star William H. Macy, joined by Cusack, nominated for a fourth consecutive time, and a mention for stunt coordination.
EXCLUSIVE: In the rolling spirit of Emmy politics, Showtime is cutting to the chase for its Shameless campaign. Starting June 1 and running until the end of the month, 100 buses in LA will feature For Your Consideration ads for the cable network series’ fourth season. Plastering its Emmy hopes on the side of LA’s buses is nothing new for Showtime; it has done that in past years. What is new is that the cabler is having some fun almost at its own expense with ads that show a crossed-out “DRAMA” replaced by a scrawled “COMEDY.” After three years of competing in the drama category and not getting a series nomination, Shameless strategically shifted to the comedy category this year. In late March, the TV Academy agreed to the category change for the dramedy after a request by executive producer/showrunner John Wells. Based on a UK series, Shameless has only been able to score Emmy noms for guest star in a drama series, Joan Cusack, the past three years. Besides the category change and addressing it head-on in the ads, Showtime will not be using billboards as a part of its Emmy campaign as it has in past years.
Showtime‘s Shameless is switching Emmy categories. The hourlong dramedy, which competed as a drama for the past three seasons, will be submitted as a comedy this time after a request by executive producer and showrunner John Wells was granted by the TV Academy. Dramedies always have straddled the drama and comedy worlds, never quite fitting into either. Traditionally, they have been more successful when competing as a comedy, including a best comedy series win for Fox’s Ally McBeal and comedy acting Emmys for Ally McBeal and ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. Netflix’s hourlong comedic drama Orange Is The New Black also will compete as a comedy series at the Emmys after being submitted as a drama (and largely shut out) at the Golden Globes. In the past three years, Shameless, based on the UK drama series, has earned three Emmy nominations for guest star in a drama series, Joan Cusack.
Showtime has promoted Emily Bergl to series regular for Season 5 of dramedy Shameless. Bergl is currently completing a 10-episode arc as Sammi Gallagher, a long-lost daughter of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). Shameless‘ current fourth season is pacing as its highest-rated yet, averaging 5.5 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 8% vs. Season 3. Bergl is repped by Innovative and Thruline.
Andrea Bogart (General Hospital) has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She’ll play Megan Volcheck, wife of FBI agent Volcheck (Kip Pardue), who also will return as recurring on the Mark Gordon Co-produced series. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Bogart is with Bohemia Group and Intelligence Artists Agency.
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Showtime has made 12-episode orders for a Season 5 of blue-collar dramedy Shameless and Season 4 of dark comedy House Of Lies to air in 2015. They join previously picked up comedy Episodes to complete a renewal of the network’s entire winter original lineup. Shameless, House Of Lies and Episodes air originals on Sunday night. Shameless‘ current fourth season is pacing as its highest-rated season yet, averaging 5.5 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 8% vs. Season 3. House Of Lies is averaging 3 million viewers per week across platforms, on par with its second season. The series starring two-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle hit a season high last week.
Showtime and HBO have made opposite programming decisions for Super Bowl Sunday. Showtime, which originally planned to air repeats on February 2, has now decided to air originals of its series Shameless, House Of Lies and Episodes against the big game. I hear the call was made after Showtime brass were encouraged by the shows’ performances last Sunday when, against the strongest primetime NFC Championship Game in 19 years, they managed to post a 17% year-to-year audience growth for the night. With over 70% of Showtime subscribers watching series on a time-shifted basis, the network decided not to interrupt its weekly delivery of originals.
EXCLUSIVE: Milestone Media is just getting underway with Comet, a quirky indie romantic comedy that stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Justin Long. Sam Esmail is directing his screenplay, and Scott Stone and Farnaz Fahid are producing for Milestone along with Lee Clay and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton and Steve Golin.
Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship. “Comet is about the drama, comedy and utterly surreal state of heartbreak — a subject in which I am well versed,” the writer-director explained. Besides her role as Fiona Gallagher on the Showtime comedy-drama, Rossum shot You’re Not You with Hilary Swank for Alcon Entertainment. Long most recently starred in the Kat Coiro-directed IFC film In Case Of You opposite Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Sienna Miller, Busy Philipps, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn and Brendan Fraser. That film premiered at Tribeca, and Long co-wrote it with Christian Long and Keir O’Donnell, and he’s also serves as producer. Rossum is repped by The Schiff Company and ICM Partners. Long is repped by CAA and Intellectual Artists Management and Esmail by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.
Looks like Jimmy Lishman really did meet his fate at the end of Season 3 of Shameless. Executive Producer John Wells revealed last night at a panel at the TV Academy that Justin Chatwin, who has played Lishman since Season 1, would not be coming back to the Showtime show for the fourth season as a series regular. However, there might be more Jimmy. Showtime has confirmed that Chatwin might return for future episodes in some as yet undetermined capacity. Well’s confirmation of the death of the character was much of a surprise after what was implied in April at the end of the last season. Chatwin’s reformed conman character was last shown being hauled on to a boat by drug dealers in a distinctly unfriendly manner. Though the love interest to female lead Emmy Rossum’s Fiona Gallagher character, Lishman had married a drug kingpin’s daughter so she could stay in America legally. Showtime renewed Shameless for a fourth season back in January. The new season is expected to air in 2014.
Three weeks into the season, Showtime has renewed its entire current Sunday lineup: Drama Shameless for a fourth season, comedy House Of Lies for a third and veteran Californication for Season 7. The pickup comes as all three series are off to a strong start this season. They all returned on January 13 with their highest-rated episodes ever. The third season of Shameless is currently averaging 5.4 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 22% from last season and up 63% vs. Season 1. The second season of House Of Lies is averaging 3.2 million weekly viewers, up 10% from Season 1, and the sixth season of Californication is averaging 3.1 million weekly viewers, up 21% vs. season five. Production for the new seasons of all three series will kick-off in Los Angeles later this year for a 2014 launch. “Californication, House Of Lies and Shameless possess highly distinctive comedic voices, and given that all three continue to grow their audience season after season – the pick-up decision was easy,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins.
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Premium cable channels enjoy the luxury of not having to worry as much as commercial TV about success in certain time slots, Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said during today’s TCA Q&A with reporters. He pointed out that 65% of the Dexter audience watches the show at some time after its original airing.
But Showtime chose to focus on a time slot – an evening, that is — in presenting this afternoon’s panel featuring actors from its Sunday night series House of Lies (Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell), Californication (Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon) and Shameless (William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum).
The lively conversation ranged all over the map but at one point wandered to Macy’s short haircut, a marked difference from the filthy flowing locks his character sported when Shameless began (and the clean flowing locks the actor wore in the 2012 movie The Sessions). “I cut it off on the show, it was very dramatic,” the actor said, joking that after his buzz cut he enjoyed watching the faces of onlookers searching for something positive to say about his new look. “I got 7 hats for Christmas,” he added.
Of his character, the actor drew laughs by saying: “There is no low for this character. They have installed special low-cal scenery because I’ve been eating so much of it.”
Mike Vogel and Nestor Carbonell have joined the cast of A&E’s upcoming series Bates Motel, which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho, in recurring roles. The series examines the twisted relationship between serial-killer-to-be Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Varmiga). Carbonell will play Sheriff Royce Romero, who has something almost sinister about him. Vogel will play Deputy Zach Shelby, described as “a completely engaging, attractive, intelligent sociopath.”
Bradley Whitford, Eric Edelstein and Maile Flanagan have been cast for arcs on the Showtime dramedy Shameless. Whitford will play Abraham, a powerful, well-dressed, sophisticated gay man who is a political activist. Edelstein, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, will play Bobby Mallison, a seemingly benign and polite manager of a grocery store who makes utterly shameless demands on his female employees. Flanagan, repped by Bauman Redanty & Shaul and manager Miriam Milgrom, will play Connie, the Mid-Western co-worker at a company where Fiona (Emmy Rossum) goes to work.
UPDATED: AMC’s The Killing opened its second season with 1.8 million viewers tuning in for its two-hour premiere, 661,000 of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was down 33% and 26%, respectively, from the mystery series’ debut last April. The second season premiere was also down 22% from The Killing‘s first season finale. Was it a lingering backlash from the first season ending with no resolution? For the night, The Killing drew a total of 2.5 million viewers for the 8 PM and 11 PM airings. Last year’s impressive cume, 4.7 million, included 2 encores, at 11 PM and 1 AM. At 10 PM, Mad Men (2.9 million total viewers, 1.3 million adults 18-49) was down 17% in viewers from last week’s two-hour fifth season premiere, 19% in 18-49.
Meanwhile, the second season finale of Showtime’s Shameless drew 1.45 million viewers, up 26% from the Season 1 finale. Through 8 weeks of total data, Shameless‘ season two is running 29% above last season. The freshman season finale of House of Lies posted 775,000 viewers, down from the 1.03 million for the series premiere but up from the dark comedy’s most recent airings. Californication ended its fifth season with 768,000 viewers, up 40% from the Season 4 closer. No numbers yet for the second season premiere of HBO’s Game Of Throne last night.
EXCLUSIVE: Howey will star along with Zoe Kazan and Mark Feuerstein in the romantic-horror film currently in pre-production. Directed by Brin Hill and written by Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes revolves around two polar opposites who have surprising connections. Howey is a regular on Showtime’s Shameless and recently starred in Warner Bros’ Something Borrowed. He is repped by UTA and manager J.B. Roberts at Thruline Entertainment.