Life with the Gallaghers will continue on at Showtime.
The premium cable network has handed out a 10th season renewal for dramedy Shameless. The William H. Macy starrer from Warner Bros. TV already ranked as Showtime’s longest-running scripted original and has now become its first series to reach the 10-season marker. Season 10 will return in late 2019.
The news, announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, helps solidify the future of the John Wells-run drama following the upcoming departure of female lead Emmy Rossum and after her co-star Cameron Monaghan departed in the first half of season nine. Rossum’s Fiona — the eldest of the Gallagher siblings — will be written out in the season nine finale as the actress moves on to pursue other opportunities after a decade on the series. Showtime entertainment co-president Gary Levine announced that Monaghan will indeed return for season 10.
Shameless ranks as Showtime’s most-watched series and is one of Netflix’s top acquired series. For season nine, Showtime added two episodes and split it in half in a bid to help launch comedy Black Monday. The Don Cheadle 1980s-set Wall Street comedy launched with the second half of season nine staring Jan. 20.
Renewing Shameless helps solidify Showtime’s originals roster as breakout hit Homeland and The Affair are both ending in 2019. The cabler’s slate includes Billions, The Chi, Ray Donovan, SMILF, Kidding, Black Monday, City on a Hill and the upcoming Penny Dreadful revival, long-gestating Halo adapation and Roger Ailes miniseries, among others.