A weak finale suggests Shameless wasn’t even aware it needed to redeem a wasted season

One of the central criticisms of the past few seasons of Shameless has been its attempts to rewrite its own history—the end of “Gallavich” (Ian and Mickey’s relationship) was necessary due to Noel Fisher’s exit, but the way the show reframed their relationship as purely destructive and worked to basically erase Mickey…

Will The Chi be the first series to do Chicago right?

No city is a “character.” As much as creators like to elevate their stories by claiming a location, it’s just a clichéd attempt to make something sound important without earning it. Cities are complicated places, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Showtime’s new drama series, The Chi. As much as recent headlines…

Shameless needs to cut to the feeling soon to get its season back on track

As I’ve discussed before, Showtime’s choice to sell streaming rights to Shameless to Netflix has had a clear impact on the show’s audience. With each new season, there will be a group of viewers who binged through the entire series without breaks, experiencing it fundamentally differently than those of us who have…

Dysfunctional TV families collide as Shameless star Emma Kenney joins Roseanne

We’re pretty sure Roseanne’s hard-working, blue-collar Conner family wouldn’t give the time of day to the con-loving Gallaghers of Showtime’s Shameless, but the two families are nevertheless about to intertwine. Deadline reports that Emma Kenney, who plays recent single mom Debbie Gallagher on Shameless, has now…