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It's been a great year for television, and narrowing down the list of best TV shows for 2014 was no easy task. Between comedy, drama and the growing number of shows that fall somewhere in between, the bigger challenge isn't finding ten great shows, it's narrowing down the selection of favorites to the series that standout as this year's absolute best.
For all the quality upgrades that cable series have in comparison to broadcast networks, it’s always a bummer to have to wait eons for news about the next season. Thankfully, Showtime has gone public with the premiere date for the upcoming seasons of Shameless, House of Lies and Episodes.
Dermot Mulroney has signed on for a recurring role in Shameless's fifth season, which is expected to air in 2015. From the character description it sounds like he'll play a potential -- ok, most likely eventual -- love interest to Fiona. Spoiler alert if you're not caught up on Shameless through Season 4!
Following up on the lengthy list of Emmy nominations that was announced today, we've picked over the choices the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made with regards to the main categories, and we found quite a few reasons to applaud the nominees, and just as many reasons to to wave our fists and complain over the talented actors and outstanding TV shows that didn't make the cut this year.
Shameless is long overdue for more awards recognition and perhaps switching from the drama category to comedy will do the trick in securing some wins. That may be what the Showtime series is hoping for as they have reportedly received approval to qualify for the comedy categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Nobody cancels the Gallaghers! Showtime appears to agree as the premium cable network has picked up Shameless for a fifth season. Along with the Season 5 renewal for the excellent and under appreciated dysfunctional family-centric dramedy, Showtime has also renewed House of Lies for Season 4. Both series join Episodes in being lined up for new seasons in 2015.
Shameless fans know that the Gallaghers are at their best when they’re united, and that their time to shine always comes when they’re plowing through adversity. They’re survivors, and the act of surviving is the driving force of this series. So what happens when they’re actually on their feet but separated, either literally or figuratively?
In what is likely an effort to whet viewers’ appetites for some of their returning original programming, Showtime has made the season premiere episodes of Shameless, Episodes and House of Lies available for free online ahead of their planned premieres this Sunday night. This should help curb some of the anxiety TV watchers may be experiencing in anticipation of next Sunday night, which piles the Golden Globes, HBO premieres...
If you’re like me, you spent more hours than you care to admit binge-watching Shameless on Showtime this weekend. It’s been virtually nothing but Gallaghers on the premium cable channel since Friday afternoon, as Showtime has aired (or is in the process of airing, technically) all three seasons of the dysfunctional family dramedy a week ahead of its fourth season premiere.
So you’ve heard all about how amazing-funny-dramatic-unpredictable Showtime’s Shameless is and you’ve been meaning to marathon through the first few seasons to get caught up for the Season 4 premiere? Or maybe you’re just looking for a refresher course.
Ok, who got the Gallaghers all fired up? Knowing what we do about the upcoming fourth season of the underrated Showtime drama, it’s more a “what” than a “who” per se for these Shameless characters. But the new poster for Season 4 teases a united front as the Gallaghers look as though they’re roaring for a revolution. And as the tagline says, “This ain’t no tea party.”
When a show goes more than a year between seasons, we begin to wonder if that series is still on or if it was cancelled. This seems especially true for cable television, which is where it tends to happen more often than with network TV. Such is the case for Episodes, which believe it or not, isn’t cancelled. The Showtime comedy hasn’t really settled on what time of year it wants to air.
One of the big cliffhangers from the third season of Showtime's Shameless was the fate of Jimmy, Fiona's boyfriend, who'd gotten himself mixed up with a drug kingpin. He was last seen boarding a boat and we were left to wonder if the repercussions of failing to keep his "wife" from getting deported would be fatal. This latest bit of news doesn't bode well for the character, but all hope is not lost!
Showtime aired the season finales of House of Lies, Shameless and Californication last night, and while I'm sure many of us are sad to see the series wrap up, rest assured that all three of them have already been renewed for another season. That's a seventh season for Californication, a third for House of Lies and a fourth for Shameless. Showtime made sure to remind subscribers of Shameless' planned return with the above promo.
Am I alone in feeling emotionally beat up after last night's episode of Shameless? Things have taken some dark turns this season, and based on the promo for next Sunday night's Season 3 finale, the hard times aren't over. But the Gallaghers are survivors, right? There's nothing they can't overcome. Or this is my lame attempt at being optimistic that somehow they're going to come out of this season on a positive note.