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Showtime Greenlights 'Shameless' Series

0408 Showtime William H. Macy Showtime has ordered twelve episodes of “Shameless,” a drama based on the Paul Abbott-penned British series of the same name. The American version stars William H. Macy as the alcoholic head of a working-class Chicago family and Emmy Rossum as the daughter who keeps watch over her five siblings, since Dad is drunk and Mom is AWOL. Allison Janney will also have a recurring role after a guest spot in the pilot, which John Wells wrote with Abbott. Abbott will stay creatively involved with the project, while Wells will serve as showrunner.

Read the story at the Hollywood Reporter.

Pictured: William H. Macy (Photo by Getty Images)

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