Showtime Renews ‘Shameless’ for Season 7

TCA 2016: Series stars William H. Macy as drunk patriarch of dysfunctional family

William H. Macy in Showtime's "Shameless"

Showtime has renewed “Shameless” for a seventh season, the premium cable network’s president announced Tuesday at TCA.

Season six premiered on Jan. 10, and delivered the series’ biggest premiere performance ever across all platforms. The show, which is the network’s highest-rated comedy series, received a 12-episode order, with production on season seven starting later this year.

“‘Shameless’ has clearly resonated with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights over the past 6 years,” Gary Levine, Showtime’s head of programming, said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by John Wells, Nancy Pimental and the entire cast, producers and writers – and we so appreciate ‘Shameless’ clear and distinctive voice.”

Season six picks up shortly after last year’s finale, leaving the Gallaghers to prepare for yet another long Chicago winter. Change is hard and the Gallaghers are as surprised as anyone at how life is turning out for them. But the question remains, as they come into their own and find out who they are, is it really possible that the Gallaghers could grow apart for good?

Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, “Shameless” is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning television and film producer Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Pimental, Davey Holmes, and Krista Vernoff.

Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant. “Shameless” is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.