The new critically acclaimed hit drama Shameless, from award-wining executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Warner Bros. Television, stars award-winning actor William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) as the good-natured alcoholic father of an unconventional, working-class Chicago South Side family. The release is in stores two weeks before season two premiere of Shameless on Sunday, January 8 at 10/9c on Showtime.
Meet Frank Gallagher (Macy), a proud, working-class, patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids who, in all honesty, would probably be better off without him. In Frank’s booze-addled view, parenting just eats into his hard-earned, bar-crawling and carousing time — so he leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum — The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort. Life has appointed her as the unofficial matriarch of the family and she’s fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs.
Phillip “Lip” Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) the second oldest, is an extraordinarily intelligent high school student who helps to support the family by taking other students’ SAT’s in exchange for money. Fifteen-year-old Ian (Cameron Monaghan), who is full of secrets, also pitches in by working at a local grocery store. Sweet Debbie (Emma Kenney), one of the middle kids, has a good heart and collects money for charity all year long — some of which, she winds up keeping for herself. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) the second youngest is an angel-faced troublemaker and budding arsonist who enjoys melting things in the microwave. Last but not least is the youngest Gallagher, Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson and Brennan Kane Johnson) an adorable toddler who’s just happy to be along for the ride.
The Gallaghers don’t apologize for who they are — they are way too busy finding clever ways to pay for the electric bill, put food on the table and keep social services from splitting them up — even if it means stealing from the milkman, the butcher or “borrowing” an elderly woman with dementia to pose as their dear old Aunt Ginger. They are irreverent, endearing, resilient, and they are absolutely, wildly and unapologetically shameless!
Based on the long-running, award-winning British series by the same name, Shameless, which aired in more than 14 countries, was adapted for American television by John Wells and original UK series creator Paul Abbott (State of Play) and made its U.S. debut on Showtime January 9, 2011. The series’ premiere was the most watched debut of any Showtime drama in seven years. The show’s finale attracted 1.5 million viewers, the network’s largest viewership for a freshman show’s finale in a decade.
Shameless is executive produced by John Wells, Paul Abbott and Andrew Stearn (The West Wing, Southland, Third Watch). The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
The series also stars Joan Cusack (Mars Needs Moms), Justin Chatwin (Taken, Weeds), Shanola Hampton (Miami Medical), Steve Howey (Reba) and Laura Wiggins.
DVD Bonus Material:
- Bringing Shameless to America: This behind-the-scenes documentary delves into the art of writing the audacious material featured in the series from the perspective of Executive Producer John Wells, Shameless Creator Paul Abbott and the production team.
- Shameless: Bringing the “Fun” in “Dysfunctional” – John Wells and Paul Abbott discuss the importance of getting the right actors for these highly unorthodox roles, while the cast relates their desires to step into these characters’ skins.
- A Shameless Discussion About Sex – A no-holds-barred discussion about the awkwardness, anxiety and all-out hilarious situations that come with filming frequent sex scenes on the set of the series.
- Shameless Season Two Sneak Peek.
- Commentary for Two Episodes Including the Series Pilot.
- Deleted Scenes.