16 items from 2014
Two-time Emmy-winner and 10-time nominee William H. Macy has landed his first bid for Showtime's "Shameless" after a surprise switch from the drama categories, where the show competed for its first three years. Macy competes for Best Comedy Actor for his portrayal of deadbeat dad Frank Gallagher. -Break- Emmy Rossum on 'Shameless' shocker that 'blew my mind' (Exclusive Video) Synopsis: In Macy’s submitted episode, "Lazarus," Frank wakes up at the hospital after an emergency liver transplant and is immediately asked about his whereabouts by his new bride Sheila (Joan Cusack) and newly discovered daughter Sammi (Emily Bergl). Frank is amazed to learn he's married and now has a new group of adopted Native American kids, whom Sheila brings to the hospital to meet Frank. After the kids leave, the doctor visits Frank to prep him for release. He warns Frank of the side effects of his medication, »
Joan Cusack just reaped her fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for playing Sheila Jackson on "Shameless." However, this year she's contending in Best Comedy Guest Actress, instead of the equivalent drama race, thanks to a savvy category switch by Showtime. Belowe, we break down the pros and cons of her episode submission "Liver, I Hardly Know Her." -Break- Join the red-hot discussion about the Emmys going on right now in our fiery forums Synopsis: Sheila is desperate to get married to somebody, anybody -- including bed-ridden ex-lover Frank (William H. Macy) -- in order to obtain a marriage license that will allow her to adopt a group of Native American children and put an end to her loneliness. After Frank's health takes a turn for the worse, Sheila pushes up the wedding and she and Sammi (Emily Bergl) arrange a black market liver transplant that ends with disastrous results. »
Recently, CBS revealed the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Elementary" episode 23 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Art In The Blood," and it sounds like it'll be quite interesting as Holmes and Watson take on a murder case, involving the British Intelligence community, and more. In the new,23rd episode press release: Holmes and Watson will investigate a murder on U.S. soil that's connected to the British Intelligence community. Press release number 2: Holmes and Watson are going to come into contact with Mi-6, the British intelligence agency, when a standard murder investigation turns out to have international and political implications. In the meantime, in the wake of a crisis, Watson is going to reevaluate her relationships with Sherlock and his brother, Mycroft. Guest stars will feature: Ralph Brown (Tim Sherrington), Emily Bergl (Marion West), Jim Norton (Sir James Walter), Jordan Gelber (M.E. Hawes), and Tony Sheldon »
I know it's tempting to keep nominating Maggie Smith for her cutting one-liners on "Downton Abbey," and I certainly wouldn't deny defending Emmy champ Anna Gunn another turn for the great last season of "Breaking Bad," but if Emmy voters want to truly represent the best acting of the season, they should reserve a few seats for the women of "Parenthood" in the Drama Supporting Actress race. -Break- Gold Derby Emmy Mvp: Emily Bergl steals scenes and hearts on 'Shameless' It's possible Monica Potter came close last year. NBC staged an aggressive campaign to bring attention to the actress, who had an emotional story arc in which her character, Kristina Braverman, battled breast cancer. The effort resulted in a Critics' Choice Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and nominations from the Golden Globes and the Television Critics Association, but Emmy voters, ever set in their ways, picked from »
Did you catch Sunday night’s shocking season finale of Shameless? If you did, you likely gasped at the bad-ass return of (Spoiler!) the previously-thought-dead Jimmy/Steve—and hey, you weren’t the only one to clutch your pearls.
Judging by the cast’s reactions on Twitter, not even the actors in the Gallagher clan were aware that Justin Chatwin’s perennially troubled rich kid would turn out alive, after the season three finale found him presumably dead in the water after he was escorted onto the yacht of a Brazilian mafioso who had every reason to murder him. In Sunday’s post-credits scene, »
- Marc Snetiker
Before we start, I just have to say: Goddamn you, Shameless. Last week you lulled us into complacency with a spirited episode involving organ harvesting and bar brawls. And then you turn around and dickslap us with what many have been fearing all along: that Ian Gallagher has inherited his mother’s mental illness. It was agonizing to watch, all the more so because of the recognition on his siblings’ faces (they are all too familiar with depression) and because it came at the point where Mickey is finally all-in with his carrot-topped beau.
So I guess the ultimate point of this script-flipped season was that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
We start with a wall of ice – wait, is this Game of Thrones?! I knew agreeing to recap both shows in one night was a mistake!
At the hospital, Frank (William H. Macy) is waking up. »
- Brian Juergens
Shameless broke its own “11th episode rule” by delivering a solid but not particularly Earth-shattering penultimate episode to a great fourth season. Are they saving the pepper for next week, or do they figure that they put us through enough in the season’s pitch-dark first half and are letting us off easy this year?
Let’s dig in.
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is on the prison bus. She makes small talk with a woman who stabbed another woman in the gut to prove that she wasn’t pregnant. She was. “Oops.” The prison is about 3 hours from Chicago.
Chuckles tells a still-unconscious Frank (William H. Macy) that they get to go to Ruby Tuesday’s when he wakes up. What, are you trying to put him right back in the emergency room? The new patient next to Frank – an adorably doomed girl named Emily – needs a new heart. Chuckles asks, »
- Brian Juergens
This week’s Shameless managed to pack in organ harvesting, domestic abuse, childbirth, larceny, and drug-fueled downward spirals, and yet it still felt about half as upsetting as most of the other episodes so far this season. This must be what Frank’s painkiller tolerance feels like?
Let’s dig in!
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) snorts lines, downs shots of Tito’s (good taste!), and smokes joints. People have sex behind her on the couch. She dances. It’s her big Downward Spiral Party, or as I like to call it, “a Tuesday in my twenties.” But then Fiona fall down go boom, and we match-cut to a close-up of Frank (William H. Macy) on his deathbed (again). Subtle as a Jagerbomb!
Sammi (Emily Bergl) tells Carl (Ethan Cutkowsky) that this might be his last goodbye, so he should make it good. Carl decides to run out of the house instead. »
- Brian Juergens
In yet another excellent episode of Shameless, the season’s twin leitmotifs of daddy issues and prostitution both got considerable play, a few Awol characters returned unannounced, and one of the Gallaghers stole a live reptile. And it wasn’t the one you would expect. Oh – and that screaming you heard at 9:59 Edt last night? That was the sound of the universe reacting to Fiona’s making the worst decision in a long history of worst decisions. Let’s dig in!
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) showers and dresses for… an interview? She and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) discuss bills, and she is adamant that he not leave school to support the family. She’ll take care of it. Mickey (Noel Fisher) breezes through and they both marvel, “Mickey’s still here?” Liam, however, is not – he’s missing. They find him in the downstairs closet. Lip tells Mickey that this »
- Brian Juergens
Showtime has promoted Emily Bergl to series regular for Season 5 of dramedy Shameless. Bergl is currently completing a 10-episode arc as Sammi Gallagher, a long-lost daughter of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). Shameless‘ current fourth season is pacing as its highest-rated yet, averaging 5.5 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 8% vs. Season 3. Bergl is repped by Innovative and Thruline. Related: Wall Street Drama From Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman & David Levien Gets Showtime Pilot Order Andrea Bogart (General Hospital) has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She’ll play Megan Volcheck, wife of FBI agent Volcheck (Kip Pardue), who also will return as recurring on the Mark Gordon Co-produced series. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Bogart is with Bohemia Group and Intelligence Artists Agency. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Another week, another puddle of tears on my couch thanks to Showtime’s criminally good Shameless. Thanks to the short first season of Looking, I should be back to getting these puppies up on Mondays for the next few weeks. Which is great, because nothing says “Happy Monday!” quite like house arrest, pregnant prostitutes, and farts that reek of the stench of a thousand open graves.
Let’s dig in!
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) can’t sleep – what, is she Still high? No, just trapped in her own home, life, choices, etc. She reaches for a beer – atta girl! – and then dumps it out, opting to bake pre-made cookies instead. Not necessarily a wise choice from a nutritional perspective, but a good one nonetheless.
Debs (Emma Kenney) has a Virginity Countdown that leads up to the big day, which will be on her 16th birthday (I’m guessing because that’s »
- Brian Juergens
Shameless was back on Sunday night with the denouement to toddler Liam’s accidental overdose, and things are gradually returning to normal – which includes the return of our favorite GI Ginger. Last time we saw Ian (Cameron Monaghan), he was working in a gay bar dressed as a lit cigarette. (Give it a minute.) This week he’s back and… well, in the saddle. Of several older men with crisp $20 bills.
Let’s dig in!
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) wakes up to the sounds of life in the Gallagher house, after arriving home to a vacuum the night before. Downstairs, the kids dote on Liam, whipping him up a fresh glass of Tang (come on – wasn’t the cocaine bad enough?!) and going so far as to gang up on Sammi (Emily Bergl) for letting Frank smoke weed upstairs. Debs (Emma Kenney) and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) actually make a pretty intimidating tag-team. »
- Brian Juergens
Hey there! As I mentioned last week, I’m going to try my darnedest to turn in recaps of what has shaped up to be a stunning season of Shameless. They may come late or not at all, but I’m gonna try!
A whiz-bang follow-up to last week’s jaw-dropper, this week’s episode may be the most aggressively miserable in the show’s history. And considering the number of accidental deaths, suicides, murders, breakups, overdoses, and counts of child endangerment the show has racked up in the last four years, that’s saying something. Gone was almost all of the show’s wicked humor, which is usually liberally applied to undercut the legitimately ghastly things happen to these characters (or because of these characters) day-in and day-out. The show pulled literally everything out from under Fiona (even her socks!), leaving her in the worst place we’ve seen her since… »
- Brian Juergens
After somehow having sex with her boyfriend's brother, she wound up doing it again and almost got caught. Her goal was to tell him it wouldn't happen again, which shows just hot committed she is to ending it. Her boyfriend during the act and she hid under a table, like an adult. Once she got away with it, she let the brother know that was the last time, so it wasn't.
Meanwhile, Debs (Emma Kenney) is anxious to have sex with her 20-year-old boyfriend. As a refresher, she's 13. Her friends encourage her to send sexy photos to the guy, but she doesn't like the ones she takes. So instead she texts him an image of a naked girl from a magazine. He »
Well, that certainly was an interesting episode of "Shameless." After the reveal in episode 2 that Frank (William H. Macy) had another daughter, that promise was certainly delivered on in the form of Sammi (Emily Bergl).
The problem is, she doesn't know Frank's her dad and, instead, seems romantically interested in him, which is a whole new level of creepy on the Frank Gallagher scale. She's willing to give him a piece of her liver though, so Frank is trying to figure out a way to make everything work.
Sammi also has a son, meaning Frank is a grandpa. He takes a bit of a liking to the pudgy kid and hopefully gets a chance to play the grandpa role. Maybe that'll be enough to make him act like an adult once in a while, though probably not.
Fiona (Emmy Rossum) continues to spend more time with her boyfriend than the »
At the end of the last episode of "Shameless," Frank (William H. Macy) dropped a bomb: There's yet another Gallagher child, Frank's oldest daughter named Samantha (Emily Bergl). A new preview of episode 3 reveals how that information affects the Gallagher family dynamic.
Of course, that information only comes out because Frank needs something (a kidney), but a new member of the family could change the dynamic entirely, once they all inevitably get together. Especially since it's not just one new Gallagher in the mix. Samantha has a son, making Frank a grandfather.
Don't expect him to come right out and admit who he is, though. Frank and honesty don't mesh well, especially when he has a goal in mind. The question is whether Samantha will fall under his spell or not.
With Frank off getting to know his other daughter, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) continues to be less interested with what's going on at home, »
16 items from 2014
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