Showtime has announced that family dramedy Shameless has been renewed for an 11th and final season, set to premiere this summer.
“The characters of Shameless have brought Showtime viewers more laughs and tears and pure enjoyment than any program in our history,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “While we are sad to bid the Gallaghers farewell, we couldn’t be more confident in the ability of showrunner John Wells, his writing team and this great cast to bring our series to its appropriately shameless conclusion.”
Premiering in early 2011, Shameless is currently Showtime’s longest running series and its youngest skewing. The three-time Emmy winner is averaging 5.7 million viewers across all platforms in its 10th season and has been used to launch several freshman series recently, including SMILF, Kidding, The L Word: Generation Q, and Black Monday.
It’s yet to be announced whether series star Emmy Rossum, who left in the show’s ninth season, will return for the final go-around and if so, in what capacity.
The departure of Shameless follows recent final season announcements for the likes of The Affair and Homeland. Hollywood fixer drama Ray Donovan is Showtime’s next longest-running series.
Shameless airs Sundays at 9:00 on Showtime.
What would you like to see happen in the final season? If Emmy Rossum returns, what ending should the writers give Fiona? Would you like to see a spinoff centering on any of the current characters?