Showtime Greenlight Shameless

SHOWTIME, Warner Bros. Television and acclaimed Emmy(R) Award-winning television and film producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING, SOUTHLAND, WHITE OLEANDER, FAR FROM HEAVEN, SHOWTIME's AN AMERICAN CRIME) are bringing an adaptation of SHAMELESS, the long-running British series, to American premium television starring Emmy(R) Award winner and Oscar(R) nominee William H. Macy (Door to Door, Fargo, Pleasantville, The Cooler), Golden Globe(R) nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) and guest starring Emmy(R) Award winner Allison Janney (The West Wing) in a recurring role.

SHOWTIME has ordered 12 episodes of the hour-long drama tracing the lives of a very unconventional family which will be executive produced by Wells and the series' original creator and Emmy(R) Award-winner Paul Abbott. The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. The series will start production at the end of summer 2010.
"We're so happy to be bringing this richly textured drama about a dysfunctional blue-collar family to SHOWTIME with two of the greatest television producers working today, John Wells and Paul Abbott," said Greenblatt. "And to have William H. Macy and this incredible cast bringing these original characters to life is an embarrassment of riches."

"Paul Abbott and I have been plotting to bring SHAMELESS to American audiences for several years now and we're delighted that Bob Greenblatt and SHOWTIME have given us this wonderful opportunity," said John Wells. "We're remarkably fortunate to get to work with this exceptional cast led by Bill Macy and Emmy Rossum. We can't wait to get started bringing the raucous humor, ribald characters and political incorrectness of Paul's SHAMELESS to SHOWTIME."

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