EXCLUSIVE: Zach McGowan has been made a series regular for Season 3 of Showtime’s hit series “Shameless.” McGowan has been recurring on the show this season playing ex-sex addict Jody Silverman who likes cooking breakfast in the nude. Shameless, which was given an early renewal 2 weeks ago, will begin production on Season 3 begins in July. McGowan, repped by Innovative Artists and manager Ronni Hart, recently did Alloy Entertainment’s Web series Dating Rules from My Future.
After a strong start to the current season, Showtime has given an early renewal to its entire Sunday lineup of Shameless, House Of Lies and Californication. With the pickup of dark comedy House Of Lies, both of Showtime’s freshman series greenlighted by entertainment president David Nevins are going into a second season, along with drama hit Homeland. Shameless has been picked up for a third season, while Californication was renewed for a sixth. “These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights,” Nevins said. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by the casts, producers and writers – and I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”
Showtime’s Sunday night lineup is posting double-digit year-over-year growth for its returning series and strong numbers for rookie House Of Lies. Shameless averages 4.75 million weekly viewers, up 30% vs. Season 1 to rank as Showtime’s No. 2-rated show behind only Dexter. House Of Lies is on track to be Showtime’s highest-rated comedy. Season 5 of Californication averages 2.96 million viewers across all platforms, up 10% from Season 4.
Another solid series premiere for a Showtime series. New dark comedy House Of Lies debuted last night with 1.03 million viewers at 10 PM. It was in line with the network’s most recent series premiere of drama Homeland, which opened with 1.08 million in October. However, Homeland had a bigger lead-in, and for the night over three plays House Of Lies amassed 1.38 million viewers, 13% higher than Homeland‘s opening-night viewership. (Showtime had a free weekend, but the ratings for its series include only subscribers.) With online and on-demand sampling, Showtime estimates that some 1.2 million sampled the pilot episode of House Of Lies. In terms of comedy series debuts, the show starring Don Cheadle landed between Showtime’s two most recent debuts: The Big C (1.15 million) and Episodes (768,000).
Leading into House Of Lies was the Season 2 debut of drama Shameless (1.58 million), which spiked 61% from its series premiere last January. For the night, the drama starring William H. Macy averaged 2.06 million viewers. At 10:30 PM, veteran Californication (758,000) was down 11% from last season’s opener, which followed Shameless’ series premiere.
The cast of Showtime’s drama series Shameless is getting into the holiday spirit while staying true to the irreverent spirit of the show. The actors have recorded a non-PC Christmas carol, with music and lyrics by star William H. Macy, who also plays the ukulele. The song showcases the music talents of co-star Emmy Rossum, a trained opera singer. The clip was created to promote the upcoming Season 2 of Shameless, which premieres on January 8.
September 28, 2011, Los Angeles, CA – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released the 16th annual Where We Are On TV report, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2011-2012 television season. After a significant increase last year, the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks experienced a decrease while the overall LGBT character count remains steady on cable television.
Complete results and report are available here: www.glaad.org/tvreport11. GLAAD uses these results with networks and industry leaders to discuss the state of LGBT images and discuss ways to include more diverse LGBT images.
“While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers, such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife, weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show,” said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. “Whether it’s the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy, Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.”
Sony says that fire crews are still at its wrecked DVD and CD factory in Enfield, north London. Smoke levels are preventing surveyors from getting in and assessing damage. Rioters broke in to the Sony DADC Distribution Centre on Monday night and set it ablaze. The studio, which handles physical DVD distribution for indie UK distributors and record companies, says that 25 million discs have been lost in the arson attack. Disney Games titles as well as Sony’s own discs have been hit by the blaze. Sony is remanufacturing 1.5 million discs that need to be shipped urgently from its manufacturing sites elsewhere in the UK and Austria. It is sending out more discs out direct from its UK manufacturing site to reduce shipping delays. And other home-entertainment distributors have also pitched in offering to help.
Lamorne Morris has been cast in Fox’s New Girl, the Zooey Deschanel series that set to premiere Sept. 20. He will play Winston, a former athlete who is one of three roommates that takes in a fourth (Deschanel). … Callum Keith Rennie has been booked as a series regular on NBC’s midseason drama The Firm opposite Josh Lucas and Juliette Lewis. He will play Ray McDeere, the older brother to Mitch (Lucas). Rennie is repped by APA and Hodgson Management. … Richard T. Jones will recur on the upcoming season of CBS’ Hawaii 5-0. He is repped by Buchwald/Fortitude.
James Wolk (Lone Star) has been cast in a multi-episode arc on the second season of Showtime’s Shameless. He will play Adam, an investment executive who makes a connection with Fiona (Emmy Rossum). Wolk is repped by WME. … Teddy Sears (Raising the Bar) has been cast in Lifetime’s Drew Peterson movie alongside Rob Lowe, playing Peterson’s best friend. Sears, who is recurring on USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, will next be seen as a mysterious character on Torchwood. He is repped by APA and manager Sandy Erickson. … Mariana Klaveno has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Dexter. She will play Carissa Morris, a professor at Florida University. Klaveno recently guest starred on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and plays a vampire on HBO’s True Blood. She is repped by APA and Shelter Entertainment. … David Andrews has been set …
This year’s Emmy race for Outstanding Drama Series will continue cable’s dominance in this most prestigious category. Cable claimed 10 of the 13 nomination spots over the past two years, and 13 of 19 since 2008. By contrast, cable earned a mere nine nods combined in the seven years between 2001 and 2007 when the networks still ruled. The shift from broadcast is so extreme in 2011 that CBS’ The Good Wife is considered the only network series with a solid shot to earn its second nomination in as many years. (Though not in that league, NBC/DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights, NBC’s Parenthood, and CBS’ Blue Bloods deserve consideration while ABC has entered a rebuilding phase.) The sad reality is that the broadcast networks, which just signed a new eight-year deal with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to carry the Emmys, are facing a possible first-ever shutout from the top drama series category. That’s because of the continuing strength and ambition of programming on cable — in particular, HBO in a return to form, and AMC still on a roll.
HBO’s Prohibition-era hourlong Boardwalk Empire drew the most critical attention this Emmy season because of its pedigreed producer team, headed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and creator/showrunner Terence Winter, a Sopranos alum. How interesting that the pay channel’s expensive serial will compete against another period drama from that other Sopranos alum Matt Weiner. AMC’s first acclaimed original series, Mad Men, has won this category three years running and is bidding this year to be the first series to win four in a row since NBC’s The West Wing (2000- 2003). Though the frontrunner, Mad Men could be hurt by a long hiatus.
AMC has seized the mantle from HBO as TV’s preeminent quality-drama purveyor with a pair of newcomers that could crack the series field this year: the zombie-themed hour The Walking Dead, and the dark murder mystery The Killing. Even though two-time category nominee Breaking Bad is not eligible for 2011, AMC could still land three nods, becoming the first network in 10 years to do so in this category, after NBC scored the hat trick in 2001 with The West Wing, ER, and Law & Order. No cable network has ever managed the feat to date.
And then there’s Showtime, whose Dexter is in the running for its fourth consecutive Outstanding Drama nomination, along with first-season Shameless. FX is pushing its increasingly buzzed-about Western, Justified and, to a lesser extent, Sons Of Anarchy. TNT wants attention for The Closer, Men Of A Certain Age, and Southland. USA is pressing Covert Affairs and White Collar. Here’s our assessment of the chances for this year’s drama series in alphabetical order:
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
It was a shaggy-haired William H. Macy who showed up this afternoon in Pasadena for a TCA session hyping his new John Wells-produced Showtime series Shameless that premiered last Sunday. He portrays Frank Gallagher, the single father of a wildly dysfunctional clan who is unapologetic about his chronic alcoholism. And in fact, so is Macy himself — unapologetic about his character’s drinking issues, that is.
“It sure is fun to play someone who’s toasted all the time,” Macy said. “I feel like I spent my whole career speaking for the little guy, the disenfranchised. A lot of people in this country right now are toasted, drunk as skunks…and I speak for them, for the people who like to start the day with a couple of brewskis…I have the role of the century here. Plus, the wife really digs the hair. This (touching his facial hair), not so much.”
Showtime will use the Dexter finale to get big sampling for new drama Shameless, which is slated to premiere January 9. The pay cable network will preview the first 20 minutes of Shameless following the Dexter season finale this Sunday. Based on the UK series, Shameless, from John Wells and Paul Abbott, stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Joan Cusack recurs as an agoraphobic Chicago housewife who strikes up a special friendship with Frank. Here is the trailer:
After Blythe Danner and Swoosie Kurtz made a memorable turn as Peter Facinelli’s lesbian moms on the first season of Nurse Jackie, the show’s producers decided to bring the characters back for another guest stint in the upcoming third season. However, Danner was unavailable because she is shooting a movie, so Judith Light was tapped for the role… Robert Knepper is adding to the string of bad guys he’s played on TV, most notably on Prison Break and Heroes. In a 2-episode arc on Showtime’s upcoming drama Shameless, he will play a goon who is chasing William Macy’s alcoholic partiarch character because of a scam they had going together.
UPDATED: Coming in January, all of Showtime’s original series will run on one night, Sunday. Back in July, Showtime announced that new drama Shameless will debut on Jan. 9 and air in the Sunday 10 PM slot. Returning comedy Californication and new half-hour Episodes were scheduled to premiere Jan. 10 and air on Mondays at 10 PM and 10:30 PM, respectively. Now new entertainment president David Nevins has tweaked the plan, putting all 3 series on Sundays: Californication at 9 PM, leading into Episodes and drama Shameless. All will premiere on Jan. 9.
Joan Cusack has joined the cast of Showtime’s new drama series Shameless and appear in all 12 episodes of the new series. She’ll play the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher. She replaces Allison Janney, who played the role in the pilot but had to pull out because of her commitment to ABC’s Mr. Sunshine after the producers of Shameless decided to make the character more prominent than originally planned. Production on the series begins in mid-September for a January 9 premiere.