Set in working-class Chicago, the Gallagher family, a working class family of eight, must survive the ups and downs of today's recession. With a mother who is out of her element and an alcoholic father who usually ends up passed out on the living room floor, 18-year-old daughter Fiona is left with the task of keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow. This series is based on the UK series of the same name.

‘Shameless’, ‘House of Lies’ and ‘Californication’ Renewed by Showtime

On the heels of record-setting premiere ratings for the network's Sunday night line-up and continued audience growth, Showtime has picked up new seasons of Shameless, House of Lies and Californication. The announcement was made today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Production on the third season of Shameless, the second season of House of Lies and Californication's sixth season will commence in Los Angeles later this year.

The Showtime Sunday night line-up continues to exceed expectations with double-digit year-over-year growth for its returning series and record numbers for its new comedy. The critically-acclaimed drama series Shameless averages 4.75 million weekly viewers across platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR), up 30 percent versus season one. The series ranks as the network's No. 2 rated show behind only Dexter. House of Lies debuted as the network's second highest-rated freshman premiere night ever and is on track to be the network's highest-rated comedy. The series has faced consistent competition in its Sunday night time-slot since its premiere, but has delivered outstanding numbers across platforms, to average 3.98 million weekly viewers. Season five of Californication averages 2.96 million viewers across platforms, up 10 percent versus its prior season.

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Watch the ‘Shameless’ Season 2 Premiere!

Showtime is debuting Season 2 of Shameless tonight, Sunday, January 8 at 9 PM ET with Episode 2.01: Summertime. We have the entire episode right here, and you can click on the video player below to watch the Season 2 premiere of Shameless.

It's summertime in Chicago and the Gallagher's are hustling.

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‘Shameless’ Season 2 Promo Art

Showtime's hit comedy Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, returns for Season 2 on January 8th at 9pm. Two new pieces of promo art have been released to celebrate these all-new episodes. Check them out below.

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‘Shameless’ Season 2 Poster

Showtime's popular new comedy Shameless, starring William H. Macy as an alcoholic father raising an unruly family of eight, returns this January for a whole new run of episodes. Showtime has released the first poster for Shameless Season 2, which you can check out below.

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Showtime Announces Comic-Con 2011 Schedule

Come party with the cast and creative team behind the critically-acclaimed new hit Showtime original series Shameless. If you thought your family was dysfunctional, wait until you meet the Gallaghers. Get the inside scoop on what's in store for the new season as Mike Schneider (TV Guide Los Angeles Bureau Chief) leads an interview and Q&A with series stars William H. Macy (Frank) and Emmy Rossum (Fiona) and many more, along with executive producer John Wells.

This fall, the war on terror comes home in the new Showtime original series Homeland from executive producers/writers Howard Gordon (24, The X-Files) and Alex Gansa (24) starring Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers, Life), Mandy Patinkin (The Princess Bride, Criminal Minds) and Morena Baccarin (V, Firefly). Comic-Con favorite Baccarin will make a special appearance to introduce the exclusive trailer from Homeland.

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EXCLUSIVE: Noel Fisher Talks ‘Battle: Los Angeles’

At just 26 years of age, Noel Fisher has amassed over 50 credits spanning over film and television. After a string of smaller movie roles and guest-starring spots on a number TV shows, he played young Cael Malloy in the critically-acclaimed but short-lived FX series The Riches. While he currently has a recurring role in the new Showtime series Shameless, and an upcoming role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Noel Fisher can next be seen in theaters this weekend in the highly-anticipated action-adventure Battle: Los Angeles. He portrays PFC Shaun Lenihan in this upcoming adventure, which opens in theaters on March 11. I recently had the chance to speak with this busy and talented actor over the phone. Here's what he had to say.

I was actually on the set back in December 2009.

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‘Shameless’ and ‘Episodes’ Renewed by Showtime

Hot off their highly successful freshman seasons, Showtime has ordered second seasons of Shameless and Episodes, it was announced today by David Nevins President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, the outrageous hour-long family drama Shameless received a 12-episode order for its second season, while half-hour comedy series Episodes, starring TV icon Matt LeBlanc as a fictional version of himself, received a second season order with the number of episodes to be determined. Both series premiered on January 9 to widespread critical and audience acclaim, with Shameless becoming Showtime's best performing freshman drama ever. Production on both series will begin later this year.

From John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Paul Abbott (State of Play, Touching Evil), Shameless is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy winner and Oscar nominee William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) and Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River). Macy plays a working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids headed by the eldest sibling (Rossum) who keep the home afloat while their dad is out drinking and carousing. The series averages nearly four million weekly viewers across multiple platforms and is on pace to be the network's second-highest rated drama series behind Dexter (5.2 million). Shameless is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Wells and Abbott are executive producers; Andrew Stearn (The West Wing, Southland) also serves as executive producer.

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Watch Showtime's ‘Shameless’ Series Premiere Right Now!

William H. Macy stars as a broke alcoholic father with six children in this new Showtime series.
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