Showtime has renewed both of its freshman series, drama Shameless and comedy Episodes, for a second season. The William H. Macy-Emmy Rossum-starring family drama Shameless received a 12-episode order, while the size of the order for the Hollywood-centric Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc is yet to be determined. Production on both series will begin later this year. With the pickups for Shameless and Episodes, Showtime is now bringing back its entire winter Sunday lineup. In January, the pay cable network gave an early renewal to veteran comedy Californication. “The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both SHAMELESS and EPISODES since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “John Wells is carving out a tone that is truly unique in the television landscape—equal parts drama and comedy. And Episodes marks the universally embraced and hilarious return to television of an inspired comedy triumvirate: Matt LeBlanc, and creators Jeffrey Klarik and David …
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.”