Showtime’s longest-running scripted original series will be back for yet another season.
Announced this morning, the network has officially renewed “Shameless” for a tenth season, set to premiere sometime later this year. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the veteran dramedy made its midseason premiere earlier this month.
“The Gallaghers are a force of nature, and they are coming back,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks. “’Shameless,’ with its ever-growing fan base, is like no other show on television. We are thrilled it will live on with its unique blend of love and larceny on Showtime.”
“All of us on ‘Shameless’ are delighted that we get to tell more wonderful Gallagher stories – and thankful to Showtime for their continued support,” added executive producer John Wells. “We can’t wait to get back to work with this extraordinary cast.”
The renewal also comes despite star Emmy Rossum’s impending departure from the series at the end of its current, ninth season, and after her co-star, Cameron Monaghan, say goodbye to the series during the first half of the season last year.
So with two of its main cast leaving this season, many had wondered how much longer “Shameless” could go on for, but it looks like Showtime remains confident enough in the show to keep it going, for at least another year. In addition to the renewal today too, Wells confirmed that, though Rossum is still leaving the show, Cameron Monaghan will be returning as Ian in the now-announced tenth season.
The series is currently averaging a 0.4 live + same day rating among adults 18-49, down from its eighth season’s 0.5 average. But even despite that season-to-season drop, “Shameless” remains Showtime’s highest-rated original series,
“Shameless” airs Sunday nights on Showtime.