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'Shameless' and 'House of Lies' season finales earn record ratings

Showtime comedies Shameless and House of Lies had good Sunday nights: The two shows scored their highest finale ratings ever.

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'Shameless' switches Emmy categories: It's a comedy now

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Shameless is changing teams. The Showtime series will compete as a comedy in this year’s Emmy Awards after being submitted as a drama the past three seasons.

Shameless has typically been described as a dramedy and has received three Emmy noms for actors on the show (though not for its star, William H. Macy). The move follows a similar decision made by Netflix, which originally intended to submit the freshman season of Orange is the New Black as a drama series, then last fall decided to submit it as a comedy instead.

Last year the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated ABC’s Modern Family — which won — along with FX’s Louie, HBO’s Girls, CBS’ Big Bang Theory, NBC’s 30 Rock and HBO’s Veep. Of those, 30 Rock is not eligible this year having concluded last season. That potentially opens up at least one slot, though Fox freshman comedy and Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine could also be a contender.

While on the drama side, competition is fierce. The final seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad (whose final eight episodes from last summer are eligible) and Mad Men (whose upcoming first half of its final season is eligible) are going to be tough to beat, plus there’s HBO’s chronic bridesmaid Game of Thrones, along with Showtime’s Homeland and others to worry about.

Shameless fans, you decide: Is this show a comedy or a drama?

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan to guest star on 'Shameless' finale -- EXCLUSIVE

After Fiona (Emmy Rossum) proved she wasn’t exactly the best guardian on the planet — one of the kids got into her cocaine stash during Sunday’s episode — she was escorted to jail, so it looks like she can kiss her cushy office job goodbye. The good news, however, is that there will be a handsome face welcoming her to her new job at a diner.

Enter Denny Duquette Jeffrey Dean Morgan! EW has learned exclusively that Morgan will guest star in the show’s season 4 finale as Charlie, the manager of the diner, a.k.a. Fiona’s new boss (with dimples that are to die for). This is Shameless we’re talking about, though, so don’t hold your breath for a happy ending.

Shameless airs Sundays at 9  p.m. on Showtime. Morgan’s appearance in the finale is set for Sunday, April 6.

Emmy Rossum on the 'darker, harder' 'Shameless,' and why Fiona will self-destruct

For three seasons, Emmy Rossum has led the wild herd that is the Gallagher family on Showtime’s bold, often jaw-dropping dramedy Shameless. Eldest sister Fiona ended last year with a cushy office job, but Rossum suggests that the character might not be long for the corporate world.

As the show gears up for its fourth season premiere on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, the tight-knit Gallaghers have found themselves at a surprising crossroads. EW chatted with Rossum to find out what’s in store for the most hard-headed of the bunch.
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'Shameless' First Look: Will Fiona and Jimmy fizzle in season 3? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Jimmy and Fiona are going to hit a rough patch when Showtime’s Shameless kicks off its new season January 13. What the problem? Well…nothing!

“They’ve gotten to the point in their relationship where things have gotten a little bit boring,” previews Justin Chatwin. But you can bet things aren’t going to stay that way.

For an look at all the adventures and trials that await Fiona, Jimmy and the rest of the gang on Shameless in season 3, check out the video below, which you’re seeing first here on EW.com! READ FULL STORY

Bradley Whitford to guest star on 'Shameless'

Bradley Whitford has signed on to guest star on the third season of Shameless.

The West Wing alum will appear in two episodes of the upcoming season playing Abraham — a “powerful, well-dressed, sophisticated gay man who is a political activist.” Let’s hope he takes his cues from White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman and not his shady Cabin in the Woods character.

In addition to starring in The West Wing and The Cabin in the Woods, Whitford has also appeared in The Good Guys, The X Files and ER.

Shameless stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin. The Showtime series will return for season 3 on January 13, 2013 at 9 p.m.

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'Revenge,' 'Magic Mike,' and Jessie J lead nominees for the 2012 'NewNowNext Awards' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Logo’s NewNowNext Awards don’t air until April 9 on the cable network, but EW has exclusively learned the roster of nominees for the fifth annual event, which showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012.

Nominees range from Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp and Parenthood‘s Michael B. Jordan in the Next Mega Star category to Jessie J and FUN. in the Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist category to Magic Mike and Snow White & The Huntsman in the Next Must-See Movie category.

The 90-minute show will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Avalon in Hollywood on April 5. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting today, the public can vote for the awards on Logo’s NewNowNext website. Check out all the nominees here:

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'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' and 'Californication' renewed by Showtime

Showtime has renewed a third season of Shameless, a second season of House of Lies, and a sixth season of Californication.

“These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights,” said Entertainment President David Nevins, in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by the casts, producers and writers – and I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”

All three Sunday night shows have posted double-digit year-to-year growth, Showtime says. Shameless averages 4.75 million weekly viewers across multiple platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR) and is up 30 percent versus season 1. House of Lies bowed as as the network’s second highest-rated freshman premiere night ever (3.98 million weekly viewers).

Season five of Californication averages 2.96 million viewers.

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'Fringe,' 'Castle,' 'The Secret Circle,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday, all!

What a week it’s been. If you, like me, are suffering from this strange, post-holiday walking coma, then hopefully this week’s column puts a little skip back into your step.

Thanks to everyone who has been answering the call for questions. (Remember, no question is stupid! Unless it is. Kidding!) So keep it up! spoilerroom@ew.com

Oh, and I just figured out how to make one of these nifty Twitter buttons! (Don’t tease — I know I’m ridiculously late to the cool button party.)

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'Shameless' DVD extras: The cast talks about sex scenes! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Showtime’s series Shameless is known for its sexy scenes, but what are the rules between the actors shooting those? The actors from the series — including Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Shanola Hampton, and Steve Howey — sit down to discuss the rules in the extras on the series’ DVD release, which goes for sale Dec. 27. EW has an exclusive clip of that conversation from the extras, which veers into some interesting territory. You can find the clip below. Before that, though, there are some upbeat intros to this exclusive clip from Chatwin, Hampton, and the ever-cute Emma Kenney. (Their bloopers of said introductions come after the clip.) Enjoy!

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'Shameless' holiday video: Emmy Rossum sings (but not nude)

To help promote the next season of Showtime’s Shameless premiering Jan. 8, the cast of the dark comedy gathered at a bar (which kind of looks like the one from My Name is Earl) to sing their version of a Christmas Carol — except this one dings grandma’s holiday turkey and suggests the best route home in case you partake in too much holiday cheer.

(In case you were wondering about the nude comment, Rossum repeatedly stripped down during the show’s first season, prompting one journalist to ask her about it at Comic-Con. Read her reply here).

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First look of Shameless from season 2

 

 

'Shameless': First Look at William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum from season 2 -- PHOTO

The Gallagher family won’t stumble back to Showtime until January, but it’s never too early to start pregaming before the party starts. Those who missed this loving-yet-dysfunctional family’s antics over their own summer should worry no more, because EW obtained an exclusive first look photo of William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum that proves that Shameless’ mischief is far from over. (See it after the jump!)

“Fiona [Rossum] is trying to deny that she was really in love with Steve, so she’s dating other people,” teased exec producer and showrunner John Wells. “She makes a mistake about who she sleeps with, someone that she knows from high school, and now she’s being chased by that person. She ends up hiding under the table with Frank [Macy]. He thinks it’s very amusing that now she’s hiding.”

Wells also gave EW some exclusive details on season 2 of the addictive family dramedy, which will showcase an eventful summer in Chicago’s South Side. Get ready for new additions, steamy love triangles, get-rich-quick schemes, and, of course, more run-ins with the law for Frank. READ FULL STORY

Fox, HBO most gay-friendly networks on television, says GLAAD report

Fox and HBO lead the broadcast and cable networks, respectively, with the most lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters on television, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The 16th annual survey shows that LGBT characters account for 2.9 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks, which is down from a high of 3.9 percent last fall. Cable, too, has fewer portrayals: There are 29 LGBT characters on mainstream cable networks this year, which is on par with last year but down from a high of 40 in 2008. Additionally, GLAAD notes that it counted 25 recurring characters on cable. READ FULL STORY

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