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'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Mar 28th 2011 6:40AM
William H. Macy['Shameless' - 'Finale']

After twelve weeks of 'Shameless' enjoyment, we have, alas, reached the season finale of this ridiculously addictive show, and now our Sundays will be bereft of car theft, inadvisable sex, baby-stealing minors, and so many shots of William H. Macy's bare behind that the supermoon pales in comparison (unless you have a very colorful social life, I suppose). But what a ride these past three months have been ...

There's plenty of pressure on a season finale, which has the unenviable task of tying up the year's loose ends while unraveling some new ones for Season 2 (yes, the show has already been renewed, yay!). And while the ending wasn't quite as surprising as some of the earlier episodes have been, there was still a lot to love in the season's final hour.

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Showtime Picks Up 'Shameless,' 'Episodes' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 28th 2011 3:30PM
William H. Macy, ShamelessCan't get enough of drunken William H. Macy and self-absorbed Matt LeBlanc? Good news: Showtime announced today that it has renewed both 'Shameless' and 'Episodes' for second seasons.

"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," Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins said in a statement.

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Cameron Monaghan on Playing Closeted Gay Teen in 'Shameless'

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Feb 24th 2011 4:00PM
Cameron Monaghan on Playing Closeted Gay Teen in 'Shameless'If you've been watching the raw Showtime dramedy 'Shameless,' you'll definitely recognize Cameron Monaghan. The scene-stealing 17-year-old plays Ian, the tough-as-nails gay son of Frank Gallagher, his alcoholic single father (played brilliantly by William H. Macy). As if that wasn't angsty enough, Ian is also dating his married Muslim boss. Oh, and he hasn't come out to most of his family and friends yet. And did we mention he shares a run-down home in a low-income neighborhood with his five brothers and sisters?

If you're thinking that Ian sounds like one of the most complex characters on TV right now, you're right. That's what drew Monaghan to the role. He's been acting since he was 8, getting his big break in the TV movie 'The Music Man' with Matthew Broderick. Since then, he's been in everything from 'Click,' playing Adam Sandler's son, to TV shows like 'Monk,' 'Criminal Minds' and 'The Mentalist.'

This April you can catch Monaghan on the big screen in 'Prom,' about a group of high schoolers getting ready for their big night. TV Squad caught up with Monaghan to get the scoop on what it's like to work with William H. Macy, what's going to happen with Ian throughout season 1 of 'Shameless,' and what we can expect from his character in 'Prom.'

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William H. Macy Gives Regis a Lesson on How Chickens Lay Eggs (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 17th 2011 11:30AM
William H. Macy Gives Regis a Lesson on ChickensWilliam H. Macy gives Regis Philbin a lesson on chickens, explaining that rooters aren't needed for egg production. But Philbin has a hard time buying it on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"You don't need a rooster to get eggs," said Macy, who keeps a number of hens. "You need a rooster to get chickens."

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'Shameless' Confessions: Emmy Rossum Talks About Her Character's 'Crazy' Life

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 1st 2011 1:45PM
There are a lot of upsides to playing Fiona Gallagher, as far as 'Shameless' star Emmy Rossum is concerned.

She gets to act alongside a top-notch cast that includes William H. Macy, who plays ne'er-do-well alcoholic Frank Gallagher, the head of a hardscrabble Chicago family with many kids but little money. The tough, spontaneous Fiona, who assumed much of the responsibility that Frank abandoned, is not remotely like the "princessy" roles she's played in the past, Rossum noted.

"I get cast 'princessy' a lot, and this is so down and out and edgy and not princessy. I really, really enjoy it. This is much more fun," said Rossum. "As an actor, it's very liberating to not have hair and makeup."

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'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 24th 2011 6:15AM
William H. Macy['Shameless' - 'Aunt Ginger']

I've got to say, I'm impressed at the how thoroughly 'Shameless' is living up to its name. Episode 3 marked the first example of the US series diverging from its UK namesake for a twisted new plot, and this one's a doozy. If crossdressing homeless men, social security fraud and kidnapping old ladies aren't the epitome of shamelessness, I don't know what is.

Frank had an ... eye-opening experience with Sheila last week, but that clearly wasn't enough to chase him back to the loving arms of his freezing family -- he was having way too much fun playing house with his neurotic girlfriend and long-suffering Karen to worry about gas bills or a little thing like government officials turning up at his door.

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'Shameless' Stars Talk Drinking, Secrets, Love Interests & More (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 22nd 2011 12:00PM
Have you had a chance to catch 'Shameless' (Sundays, 10PM ET on Showtime)? If not, maybe the charming cast will convince you to give it a shot.

I caught up with stars William H. Macy (who plays drunk patriarch Frank Gallagher), Emmy Rossum (who plays his oldest daughter Fiona) and Justin Chatwin (her "stage-five clinger" of a boyfriend) to talk all about the Gallagher family dramas. Yes, you could say they're unconventional. And sure, their lives teeter on depressing every now and then. But there's more funny than sad, and you can't deny that the attitudes of the characters -- much like the stars themselves -- really win you over.

Watch to get a sneak peek at what's to come for Fiona and Steve -- including some more lies, some cheating and a little physical violence -- and Frank and his lady love, played by the fabulous Joan Cusack.

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William H. Macy Talks About His 'Shameless' College Antics (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 19th 2011 8:30AM
William H. Macy Talks Drunken Antics on 'Lopez Tonight'On Showtime's 'Shameless,' William H. Macy plays Frank, the (often drunken) single father of six kids. When Macy visited 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), the host asked whether the actor had ever done anything "shameless" when he'd been drinking.

Back in college, Macy went on a big bender out in the country with some buddies. Early the next morning the dorm's guard threatened to have Macy's truck towed if he didn't move it.

He painfully made his way downstairs ("Oh, I was in bad shape") and couldn't get the front door to open all the way. "I stick my head out -- there's my truck on the third step ... I drove up onto the porch!"

But the gate had been locked overnight. "We searched for tire tracks -- nobody knows how we got the truck in there."

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'Shameless' Confessions: William H. Macy Talks About His Bold New Showtime Drama

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 6th 2011 12:45PM
William H. Macy has embraced one hell of an acting challenge.

In the new drama 'Shameless,' which premieres Sunday on Showtime, he plays Chicagoan Frank Gallagher, the working-class father of six independent-minded kids.

The kids have had to grow up fast, because their mom left a few years ago and Frank isn't exactly working. He's an alcoholic. When he can be found in the family home, he's usually passed out on the floor.

"When you have an addicted parent, it does make the rest of the family coalesce," Macy said in a recent interview on the show's Chicago set. "They've got to look after each other. I think Frank's left-handed gift to his family is that they look after each other."

Macy's gift is making Frank someone you want to watch, no matter how self-serving and inept he is as a parent and as a man. It's hard to think of any other actor who could have made Frank appealing, but Macy gives Frank, who is modeled on the no-account father in a hit British TV series of the same name, an irrepressible joie de vivre and even a wily charm.

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'Shameless' Questions: Did Macy Babysit Cusack? What's T-Bag Doing in Chicago?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 22nd 2010 1:10PM
A recent visit to the set of 'Shameless,' the Chicago-set drama that premieres Jan. 9 on Showtime, held a few surprises.

William H. Macy, Joan Cusack and Emmy Rossum and the rest of the show's cast spent last week on Chicago's West Side, filming exterior season for the first season of the show, which is mostly shot in Los Angeles. On the drama, which is an adaptation of a well-regarded U.K. TV series, Macy plays Frank, the sozzled patriarch of the Gallagher clan, Rossum plays his eldest daughter, Fiona, and Cusack plays their agoraphobic neighbor, Sheila.

The cast was in fine form and there was no drama except when the cameras were rolling. No surprises there.

The biggest 'Shameless' shock? The fact that it was about 70 degrees and sunny all week long as the cast and crew filmed scenes set in the depths of a Chicago winter. The guy in charge of fake-snow replenishment was kept very busy tossing the white stuff on the streets and sidewalks between takes.

Another surprise? Running into Robert Knepper, a.k.a. T-Bag from 'Prison Break' on the 'Shameless' set. He's guesting in a couple of episodes as a goon sent to get money from Frank. That's Macy, with Knepper on foot in the background, in the photo at right.

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William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum Are 'Shameless' in New Trailer

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 20th 2010 7:00PM
William H. Macy in 'Shameless'When Hollywood remakes perfectly good -- or, in the case of 'Shameless,' perfectly amazing -- shows, they don't often turn out the same caliber as their originals. But, judging from the first trailer for the new Showtime version of the popular British series 'Shameless,' that might not be the case here.

William H. Macy stars as the drunken patriarch of a large, working-class family, with Emmy Rossum as his eldest daughter (and the main source of order in the household). Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Laura Dern and William H. Macy Heading to Cable

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 8th 2010 10:45AM
For thousands of years, mankind has been engaged in an unending search for spiritual and intellectual enlightenment. A search that has finally reached its inevitable destination: HBO.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the cable giant has given the green light to 'Enlightenment,' a new comedy starring Laura Dern as "a self-destructive woman who has a revelatory experience at a treatment center and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating unexpected havoc at home and work."

The series, which has been expanded to 10 episodes following a successful pilot, is being co-produced and written by Mike White ('School of Rock,' 'Amazing Race 14') and co-stars Luke Wilson and Dern's real-life mother, Diane Ladd. White, for one, couldn't be happier.

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Emmy Rossum to Star in Showtime's 'Shameless'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:40AM
The cast is quickly coming together for the upcoming Showtime adaptation of 'Shameless.'

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that actress Emmy Rossum will star in the drama series, opposite William H. Macy. She'll play 18-year-old Fiona, who must care for her five younger siblings while her mother is AWOL and her father (Macy) battles alcoholism.

Produced by 'Southland''s John Wells, the series, set in Chicago, is based on the BAFTA-winning U.K. dramedy, and will reportedly revolve around the current economic recession.

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Poehler and Arnett Team up on 'Parks and Recreation' -- What Other Real-Life Couples Should Try It?

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 18th 2009 11:29AM
Things are heating up this season in Pawnee, Indiana. E! Online reports that the 'Parks and Recreation' team have Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, accidentally getting involved in a sex scandal that derails her plans for a city Santa's Village. Producer Mike Schur says, "There are rumors swirling about another city councilman scandal -- who was disgraced by cave sex in the 'Practice Day' episode -- and Leslie ends up getting photographed with him at a bar late at night by a tabloid newspaper."

As if that isn't enough, Leslie and Dave the Cop don't stand the test of time. "We were so lucky to get Louis C.K.," says Poehler of her character's love interest, "but he's starting his own show."

Luckily, it has just been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that 'Parks' fans will see that role filled by none other than Poehler's real-life love, Will Arnett. Of course, Poehler and Arnett have worked together many times, including on 'Arrested Development' and in films such as 'Blades of Glory' and 'Monsters vs. Aliens.' So it's only natural that Arnett would stop by 'Parks.'

Arnett's arrival on the show will coincide with that of Justin Theroux who will, incidentally, also vie for Leslie's heart.

With thoughts of Arnett and Poehler teaming up again, we brainstormed some other real-life couples whose pairings would translate well to the small screen.

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William H. Macy in 'Shameless,' Ving Rhames in 'Gravity' & More Casting News

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 15th 2009 3:55PM
William H Macy With cancellations, renewals and new lineups, fall is traditionally dominated by network television. But this season some of the biggest news has instead come from cable and today is no exception, as Showtime has announced that award winning actor William H. Macy has been tapped to star in their new drama 'Shameless.'

Plus: Ving Rhames, Bravo's 'Work Out' spin-off and more ...

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