The Gallagher clan initially burst onto our screens back in 2011 when Shameless premiered and, as the years go on, it's getting tougher to imagine a world where the dysfunctional family no longer lights up our screens. Thankfully, we need not think about that just yet because, despite having just returned for it's eighth season this past Sunday, Showtime has officially renewed Shameless for a ninth season.
Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins, making the announcement, said that in today's world of television it's becoming increasingly difficult for shows to maintain an audience and bring in high viewing figures, but Shameless is "adding them in droves.” He said:
"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.”
Series star Emmy Rossum, who plays eldest Gallagher sibling Fiona, took to Twitter to share the news:
The Showtime comedy series recently brought in a whopping 1.86 million viewers, making the Season 8 premiere the second-most-viewed premiere episode since Season 3 and the highest viewed overall episode since the Season 4 finale.
With a ninth season officially confirmed, the writers will be able to take the Gallaghers on many more outrageous adventures — and, because of the successful ratings, it's likely that Shameless will be around for many more years to come. The Showtime series is based on the UK program of the same name, which ran for eleven seasons, so perhaps the cable network is hoping that their American version will follow suit, repeating the success of the original.
Season 8 of Shameless US will see Fiona continue to further her career as a property developer, while Lip figures out what he wants to do with his life. Ian is currently trying to win back former boyfriend Trevor. It is unknown if fan favorite character Mickey Milkovich will return.
Of course, we couldn't talk about Shameless without mentioning Frank, who hasn't changed at all in the course of seven seasons. The raging alcoholic continues to let his kids down, and it's more than likely we will see this continue throughout Seasons 8 and 9. Either way, we're excited to see what the future holds for the Gallaghers!
Shameless airs Sundays on Showtime.
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