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Showtime Picks Up a Ninth Season of SHAMELESS

By on November 8, 2017

Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher, Emma Kenney as Debbie Gallagher, Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher, Christian Isaiah as Liam Gallagher, Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher, Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher, Steve Howey as Kevin Ball and Shanola Hampton as Veronica Fisher, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless (Season 8) - Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/SHOWTIME

Showtime has officially renewed Shameless, one of the network’s longest running and most successful series ever, for a ninth season.

The news comes following Sunday’s eighth season premiere, from David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc.

“As challenging as it can be for any show simply to maintain viewers in the current TV landscape, Shameless is adding them in droves,” Nevins said. “But it’s no mystery why. The series’ reputation for rich and resonant characters and for deep – and deeply twisted – comedy has drawn not only faithful longtime viewers, but a steadily growing audience. And creatively, the season that kicked off this past Sunday is stronger than ever.”

“We are so grateful to Showtime for giving us the opportunity to continue making Shameless,” said series executive producer and showrunner John Wells. “It’s a labor of love (and a blast) for all of us.”

The series stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Season eight finds the Gallaghers on an upswing – Frank (Macy) comes out of a drug-induced haze and decides it’s finally time to be a contributing member of society. Fiona (Rossum) faces hard decisions when she discovers her success as a landlord might mean someone else’s misfortune.

Lip (Jeremy Allen White) struggles with unexpected sacrifices he must make to stay sober, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) takes up a cause in hopes of getting back with Trevor (Elliot Fletcher).

Debbie (Emma Kenney) builds her future at welding school while juggling life as a single working mom, as Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) gets creative finding tuition money after he loses his scholarship.

Meanwhile, Liam (Christian Isaiah) discovers just how different the Gallaghers are from the families of his rich classmates as Frank schools him on “sticking it to the man.”

Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) have to find a way to deal with Svetlana (Isidora Goreshter) after she steals their bar, The Alibi.

Production on season nine of Shameless will begin in 2018.

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