Shameless Season 5
The fifth season of Shameless, an American comedy-drama television series based on the British series of the same name by Paul Abbott, premiered on January 11, 2015 on the Showtime television network. Executive producers are John Wells, Paul Abbott and Andrew Stearn, and producer Michael Hissrich. Like all previous seasons, the season consisted of 12 episodes.
Shameless Season 5
The season picks up two to three months after the events of the previous season. Fiona, officially off house arrest, is still a waitress at the Golden House diner, which has been renamed to Patsy's Pies and is now under the new ownership of Sean Pierce (Dermot Mulroney); Sheila leaves town after her house burns down; Frank, Sammi and Chuckie move into the Gallagher household; Mandy moves to Indiana with Kenyatta; and Ian remains in denial of his bipolarity as Mickey continues to look after him. When Ian begins showing increasingly erratic behavior, Mickey gets Ian to admit himself into a psychological evaluation ward.
Meanwhile, Debbie begins dating Derek, a boy she bonds with during boxing lessons. Debbie goes on birth control and has sex with Derek, despite being advised against doing so within 48 hours; this ultimately results in Debbie becoming pregnant, to Fiona's dismay. Lip and Amanda continue a non-exclusive relationship, though Amanda eventually begins showing feelings for Lip, which he ignores. When Lip pursues his older professor, Helene (Sasha Alexander), Amanda angrily lashes out at him for ditching her. Kevin and Veronica struggle with parental life, and the two go through a brief break-up period, in which Svetlana strikes an unlikely bond with Kevin. Kevin and Veronica eventually make amends at the end of the season.
At the Gallagher home, Sammi takes charge as the family's caretaker. She begins openly showing a disdain for Frank, her eyes opened to her father by her half-siblings. Frank wants to get rid of Sammi and convinces Carl, who has begun dealing drugs, to use Chuckie as a drug mule. In the second half of the season, Frank bonds with his doctor Bianca (Bojana Novakovic), who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bianca refuses to endure chemo, instead wanting to experience a debauched lifestyle that Frank introduces her to. They eventually begin a romantic relationship. As Bianca's health begins deteriorating, she and Frank take a trip to Costa Rica. While Frank is sleeping, Bianca leaves a thankful goodbye note for him before walking into the ocean to presumably drown herself.
Ian returns to the South Side and reunites with Mickey. However, Ian breaks up with him, affirming that he doesn't want to put Mickey through his bipolarity. The fifth season closes on a cliffhanger, with Sammi suddenly showing up and attempting to shoot Mickey with a gun. The shootout ultimately results in both Mickey and Sammi's incarceration.
On February 18, 2014, Showtime announced the series would be renewed for a fifth season. Production on the first episode began on July 3, 2014 with the first table read, with principal photography commencing on July 8, 2014.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the fifth season a 92%, based on 12 reviews. The critics consensus reads, "Settling into its fifth year with a irascible sense of fun, Shameless hints that the Gallaghers won't become a functional family unit anytime soon - but audiences will adore them all the same."
Season 5 of the Showtime series Shameless, which has already been renewed for a sixth season, finds the Gallagher family dealing with the upsides and downsides of personal growth. Fighting demons both personal and genetic has become old hat for the Gallaghers, who have learned to make lying, cheating and stealing into a currency to help them survive. And yet, through it all, they still have an obvious love for each other that helps make it all bearable.
He'll take booze over family any day! Shameless returns for its fifth season with incorrigible drunk Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) secretly making his own home brew, despite recently undergoing a liver transplant. His kids also continue their ride on the razor's edge. Former jailbird Fiona (Emmy Rossum) will find herself juggling four guys: Sean (Dermot Mulroney), her boss at the diner and a fellow recovering addict; rock musicians Gus (Steve Kazee) and Davis (Axle Whitehead); and her jerky ex-lover Jimmy (Justin Chatwin), who isn't dead after all.
And what the hell is wrong with Sammi (Emily Bergl)? Frank's eldest daughter, who was introduced just last season, is having such a tough time getting Dad's attention that she resorts to unsavory tactics -- like having sex right in front of him. "She can't accept the fact that he will never be a real dad, something the rest of the Gallagher kids accepted years ago," says Pimental. "Sammi is a grown woman and a mother, but the wounded child inside of her is spinning out of control -- and it will only get crazier."
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Why did Jeffrey Dean Morgan exit Shameless after only one episode? Jeffrey Dean Morgan is probably best known at this point for playing Negan on The Walking Dead, having joined the hit horror series during the season 6 finale. Negan's introduction is one of the most infamous sequences in the entire show and featured the gruesome demise of two fan-favorite characters at his hands, but over the years, the show has worked to redeem the former villain. Negan is far from Jeffrey Dean Morgan's first scene-stealing performance though. He gave a memorable turn as The Comedian in Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen, broke many hearts on Grey's Anatomy as Denny Duquette, and played John Winchester on Supernatural.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character appears in the Shameless season 4 finale and is then never to be seen nor heard from again. It's odd, considering the series set up the character to be a mainstay for a period and then simply dropped him for a different storyline that includes Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding). Here's why Jeffrey Dean Morgan left Shameless after only one episode.
Fiona is given a job at the restaurant after being brought there by her parole officer Gail, with Charlie agreeing to give Fiona a chance, though warning if she shows up drunk or high she'll be fired and reported. He and Fiona later attend a Recovery meeting together but in Shameless season 5, Peters is gone, and the restaurant is renamed Patsy's Pies. Of course, it makes no sense to bring in Morgan for such a small part unless it was supposed to be bigger, and Charlie was meant to play a much larger role in the fifth season.
This Sunday (January 11), while Hollywood's best, brightest, and wealthiest collect their Golden Globes, Showtime will be airing a much more blue collar-friendly event: the season five premiere of its beloved dramedy "Shameless."
Picking up mere months after its emotional season four finale, William H. Macy -- who is nominated for a Globe for "Shameless," by the way -- Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, and the rest of the zany Gallagher clan all return for season five, four episodes of which MTV News had the pleasure to screen in advance. And while we obviously can't reveal everything that goes down in first third of the season, here are some of the bat--t crazy secrets we learned from the Gallaghers:
Okay, okay, so it's not like Fiona is going to prison or allowing Liam to ingest cocaine like she did last year... at least not yet. In fact, when season five picks up she's still waitressing in Dermot Mulroney's halfway-house diner thing and attending NA meetings on a regular basis, so good for her.
However, Fiona doesn't exactly go back to the solid, self-assured Fiona we knew from seasons 1-3. Instead, we find a Fiona who is struggling to figure out who she is, and what type of person she wants to be. Is she destined to be the family's matriarch-slash-savior, or does she just have too much Frank in her to figure it all out? Is she doomed to repeat her father's mistakes, and put the ones she loves in jeopardy?
These will be the questions that drive Fiona's arc throughout the season, though her full-speed-ahead quest for a man is what takes center stage these first four episodes. And trust me, when Fiona wants something, she gets it...
Speaking of meaty plot lines that are grounded in reality, Ian's (Cameron Monaghan) burgeoning bipolar disorder from last season does not get swept under the rug and forgotten. It's Ian's central story this year, and a lot of the weight of Ian's issues are being shouldered by Mickey (Noel Fisher).
While Lip, Fiona, and Ian carry most of the dramatic burden, Debbie (Emma Kenney) and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) -- who both hit puberty during their off-season in a major way -- go about doing ridiculous, very "Shameless" things. Specifically, Debbie sets off on the business of losing her virginity, while Carl orally pleasures older girls at the local pool. Seriously.
It's early yet in the season, so maybe "Shameless" will give these two a little bit more to work with in the second and third acts. Debbie was great last year as she dealt with teen bullying, and Carl's cringe-inducing/heartbreaking need to connect with his father has been a great running thread for his character, so let's just wait and see what's in store for the little Gallaghers as time goes on...
It's hard to top an emotional whirlwind of a season like "Shameless'" fourth, but I'm happy to report that five is just as good -- maybe even better since, you know, Kev isn't having sex with Veronica's mom. The show is growing and changing just like the Gallaghers are, though it's still just as excellent at balancing the blue collar comedy with the dramatic struggles that stem from that lifestyle as it was back in season one. Keep watching -- "Shameless" only gets better and better. 041b061a72