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‘Shameless’ Adds Katey Sagal, Courteney Cox for Season 9

Expanded ninth season premieres Sept. 9

Showtime is adding a couple of high-profile guest stars in Katey Sagal and Courteney Cox for the upcoming ninth season of “Shameless.”

Sagal will play Ingrid Jones, a crazed psych patient Frank (William H. Macy) encounters in the ER, with whom he is immediately smitten. Cox will play Jen Wagner, a famous actress who’s had a problem in the past with booze. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is hired as her sober companion when she’s in town, and she takes him on a wild ride in search of a cocktail.

Sagal is famously known for her role as Peg Bundy on “Married … With Children” and more recently for “Sons of Anarchy” and lending her voice to animated comedy “Futurama.” Cox, as everyone knows, starred as Monica Gellar on “Friends,” as well as in her ABC/TBS comedy “Cougar Town.”

Season 9 of “Shameless,” which will premiere Sept. 9, will have expanded 14-episode order split into two parts. The first half of the season will end on Oct. 21, with the back-half returning Jan. 20, 2019. This season will also feature the show’s 100th episode.

Macy and White star alongside Emmy Rossum, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Richard Flood and Christian Isaiah. “Shameless” was created by Paul Abbott, and is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television. John Wells developed the series for American television and executive produces with Nancy M. Pimental.