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Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Shameless’ Season 8 finale was a missed opportunity that largely ignored the show’s history
“As much as I might be able to forgive Shameless for some of its choices with regards to its past,” says Myles McNutt, “there is no forgiving how little I care about its future. ‘Sleepwalking’ concludes a season that managed to generate zero forward momentum, largely ignoring the show’s history but never managing to use that clean slate to say anything meaningful or create any stories to interest me in what next season brings. The stories that are resolved are resolved poorly, and the stories that are left unresolved have offered no reason to feel like their resolution will rescue them from poor story decisions. Even the season’s best storyline could not escape ‘Sleepwalking’ unscathed, leaving behind a show that failed to capitalize on its history, struggled to articulate its present, and seems entirely disinterested in investing me in its future. ALSO: Shameless producer: We opted for an “organic” ending to Season 8.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
Shameless star Ethan Cutkosky pleads no contest to reckless driving after DUI arrest
The 18-year-old actor was reportedly arrested in a car smelling of marijuana. But his no contest plea for “dry reckless driving” will exclude any allegations of alcohol or drug use. He was sentenced to a $250 fine and two years of informal probation.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Showtime is hopeful for more seasons of Shameless
“I don’t know what the end point of that show is,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said of Shameless, which was renewed late last year for Season 9. “It’s having its strongest year ever by a long shot. It’s up significantly over last year, so it has grown steadily. A lot of people feel like this was one of its best creative years, too, so as long as it keeps doing that, I’m happy to have them for as long as possible. Shows that show the ability to renew themselves get to stay — if I can afford them.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Lena Waithe’s The Chi is being compared to The Wire, but it has more in common with Shameless
The Showtime series also has a lot in common with The Wire creator David Simon's acclaimed HBO series Treme, says Matt Zoller Seitz. “Like Shameless and Treme, The Chi is “mainly concerned with the lives of working class and poor people struggling to survive day-to-day, rather than the system they’re struggling within,” says Seitz. “It’s a rare drama that bothers to remind us that even when somebody in your family dies unexpectedly, you still have to work, pay rent, and drive mom around. Yet somehow, for all the occasional horror and persistent indignity, life goes on here, every day, every minute, and The Chi appreciates that as well, often pausing to take in the beauty of an intricately painted mural on the wall of a bodega, or the way the orange sunset light glints off the side of an elevated train rounding a curve.”
- The Chi arrives more than a decade after The Wire, “and the contours of its ambition and scope are recognizable”
- The Chi quickly carves its own niche with a concept that defies simple description
- It looks like a work in progress that shows some potential, yet also some predictable storytelling
- The Chi offers a remarkably raw portrayal of its characters’ strengths and flaws
- It needs time to grow: You end up wanting to appreciate it more than you actually appreciate it
- Waithe: “This is about showing us as people. Not perfect people. But as human beings”
- “My mission is to show these young black men are not born with a gun in their hand,” says Waithe
- Waithe invites Chicagoans to critique her show: “You get first dibs”
Posted Monday 11/27/17 at 8:49AM EST
Shameless star Ethan Cutkosky charged with DUI
The 18-year-old actor’s misdemeanor charge is for driving under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Shame on Shameless for fat-shaming!
On Sunday’s episode there was “fat-shaming for no real purpose,” says Megan Vick, who adds that “it feels weird when the show takes a misstep and feels like it's beating up on a marginalized group instead of giving them the space to tell their story, however unpolished that might be.” ALSO: William H. Macy praises his Shameless son Ethan Cutkosky following his DUI arrest.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Why are poor and working-class people so rare on TV?
Shows like The Middle are the rarity these days, argues Joanna Weiss. “For many series, material comfort isn’t essential to the characters’ lives; it’s incidental,” she says. “Yes, Showtime’s Shameless romanticizes the Gallaghers’ on-the-edge existence, and CBS’ Mom gets the set design exactly right. But like the 20-something characters in Friends, who rented suspiciously spacious New York real estate on entry-level salaries, many television denizens enjoy interiors straight out of Houzz, regardless of their presumed income levels. In Kevin Can Wait, Kevin James’ retired Long Island cop has a beautiful kitchen. OK. But how many shows could, presumably, tell the same stories regardless of their characters’ economic status? Would ABC’s Modern Family play any differently without the conspicuous consumption? Could Amazon Prime’s Transparent be told without the glorious real estate? Could it even be told better?”
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 9:32PM EST
Emmy Rossum speaks about her Shameless fight for equal pay
Rossum's “standoff” last year was quickly resolved after it was made public. “I don’t particularly like the private aspects of my life, specifically monetarily and business-wise, to be public,” says Rossum. “But I understand that when it did kind of leak out, it was part of a larger conversation and that’s important.” She adds: “It just as easily could not have worked out and not be a happy ending.” ALSO: Why Shameless recast Liam Gallagher.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Shameless renewed for Season 9
Showtime’s renewal comes after Season 8 debut delivered the show’s biggest audience since Season 3.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
Ethan Cutkosky’s arrest won’t impact Shameless’ production schedule
Filming on the current season was completed before Cutkosky’s arrest for DUI last Wednesday.
Posted Tuesday 11/07/17 at 10:17AM EST
Shameless star Ethan Cutkosky arrested for DUI
The 18-year-old actor was taken into custody Thursday night when, according to TMZ, police spotted him driving his BMW and straddling traffic lanes.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
Shameless unveils its Season 8 trailer
Showtime has also released its “trying to get higher” poster for the eighth season, which premieres on Nov. 5.