Showtime Renews ‘Shameless’ And ‘Episodes’ For Season 2

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Showtime’s done well with its latest original shows. Hour-long drama Shameless and half-hour single-camera comedy Episodes are both getting a second season courtesy of the cable network, with Showtime announcing their renewals in a press release today.

Shameless is based on the British television show of the same name. It follows a drunk, neglectful father (played by William H. Macy of Fargo and upcoming  film The Lincoln Lawyer) and his six children in a squalid Chicago suburb. When the father is unable to provide even basic support for his kids, they learn to fend for themselves. The show, created by Paul Abbot, the showrunner for the UK original, is a mix of dark comedy and drama, highlighting the plight of the extreme poor.

Episodes is a sitcom about a sitcom. The premise is a strange one: a husband and wife team of writers/producers for a British sitcom are approached by an American studio executive who wants to adapt their show for the States. After the pair move to Los Angeles, the studio replaces their wizened, articulate leading man with… Joey from Friends.

The fish-out-of water comedy combined with Matt LeBlanc’s surprisingly subtle acting makes for a reshreshing and self-referential comedy. Check out Screen Rant’s review of the first two episodes of, uh, Episodes.

Both shows have done well on Showtime. Shameless premiered to 1.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched pilot for the premium cable network since 2003. Ratings have stayed high for the series ever since, and there are still three episodes left of the first twelve-part season.

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Shameless has been renewed for another twelve episodes. Episodes debuted to 770,000 viewers, dropping to 590,000 for its finale last weekend. The show has done even better in the UK, where it consistently scored over a million viewers. Episodes ran for seven episodes in its first season, but Showtime hasn’t settled on a number for the second.

Both Shameless and Episodes will return in 2012, probably in same January slots the occupied this year.


Shameless airs Sunday nights at 10 PM on Showtime. Episodes has concluded its first season, but you can still catch reruns Monday nights at 11:00 and 11:30.

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  1. Shameless is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I tried the British version too but it just wasn’t as good. There is something about an American dysfunctional family that beats the British uprightness and the accent of course.
    Have to try Episodes now.

    • The British upright? Verily you jest, good sir!

      Only caught a couple of Episodes but the cast have a good chemistry. Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig were two of the main characters in surreal hospital comedy Green Wing, which makes Scrubs look like a documentary – well worth checking out.

  2. I loved both of the shows, I hope they keep “Californication” with this lineup. It’s a good mix!

    • Yea it’s a good lineup. Though I’m really starting to get sick of The daughter on Californication, I mean she’s always been annoying but it’s reaching new heights.

      Shameless has been excellent, and I really enjoyed the first season of episodes

  3. I am loving Shameless. I would like to watch the British Version now.

  4. I loved Episodes and the way things built from “installment” to “installment” (sorry, I just could not bring myself to use the title when referring to the chapters of the story). Great stuff!

  5. Shameless has been great. Great cast and story. I highly recomend it.

  6. Shameless was a great show. Just when I thought showtime couldn’t do it again, they did.

  7. Shameless renewed !! Oh yeah !!!

  8. Both shows, Episodes and Shameless, are sharp, witty and well written. I love them both, but Episodes needed to be a few more shows. Rock on, Showtime!

  9. Love love love shameless. Just found it on my sod and watched all 12 episodes over the weekend. Can’t wait for it to come back! Also love that it’s an hour long! Awesome show and a fantastic cast!!!

  10. My husband, who otherwise is in bed at 10:00 pm every evening, stays up to watch Shameless. His favorite show. Great actor chemistry (William H. Macy is successfully disguisting) and complex characters make this a very interesting watch. Great way to start my week. Thanks Showtime!

  11. Speaking from the uk – i enjoyed Episodes, but i dont really like tamsin grieg, i didn’t like her in green wing either. i will watch the second series though.

  12. I haven’t seen the UK version but did Fiona & steve get back together again? Or should I say Buma & Goku lol.

  13. I really like this show.. I only started watchnin it because of emmy rossum, I saw her n phantom of the opera a while back and I fell in love with n a none lesbo way :) but I love the show its really great.. good job shotime

  14. I can hatdly wait for the next season..
    i love shameless..
    Fiona and steve!..perfect couple.. <3

  15. Shameless needs to come on sooner then 2012 I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for season two going crazy out of my head I can’t wait till it comes back on I really love the cast of shameless I’d love to meet them one day n hope there are many more episodes then just 12 and way more seasons then just 2

  16. Shameless is definitely set and filmed in the city of Chicago… not a suburb.

  17. 2 favoret shows of all times are SONS OF ANARCHY & SHAMELESS!!! BOTH AWSOME!!!!

  18. Episodes its not Joey from friends per se but Matt Le Blanc playing Matt Le Blanc who used to be the Joey character in friends

  19. Umm…everyone knows that, james! – -’

    Btw, I really love Joey..oops! “Matt” on this show. LOL
    He’s so charming!

  20. Episodes was really funny! Very glad they are keeping it going. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I enjoyed Joey. Maybe thats because its premium programming? Bring on Season 2!

  21. I like Episodes only because of Matt… The rest of the cast ranges from nothing special to downright weird. I think the woman that plays the Director of Comedy must be someone’s girlfriend or something, because she’s completely useless in Season 1. She adds nothing to the storyline and is not in the least bit funny. I cringe every time Merv(?) is in a scene. Another weirdly written character. Basically Matt is the only thing that makes this show even watchable, but his scenes are so good, that I have to keep watching.

  22. Best comedy show I’ve seen in years. Keep it coming.

  23. when r the new SHAMELEE COMIN ON… I LOVE THAT SHOW