‘Shameless’ renewed for season 9 at Showtime

Shameless” has been renewed for a ninth season at Showtime, the network announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Season 8 debut on Sunday, which was the show’s highest-rated since Season 3. It drew in 1.86 million viewers Sunday night, representing an improvement of approximately 50 percent over the Season 7 premiere.

“We are so grateful to Showtime for giving us the opportunity to continue making ‘Shameless,’” said series executive producer and showrunner John Wells. “It’s a labor of love (and a blast) for all of us.”

One of the network’s longest-running and most successful series ever, “Shameless” ranks as the network’s number one comedy and attracts the youngest-skewing audience of any Showtime series. Production on Season 9 will begin in 2018.

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Actress Emmy Rossum attends the 'Shameless' screening at Los Angeles Times' 3rd annual The Envelope primetime Emmy screening series at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Actor William H. Macy attends the 'Shameless' screening at Los Angeles Times' 3rd annual The Envelope primetime Emmy screening series at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Emmy Rossum attends the 'Shameless' Season 2 Reception at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Emmy Rossum attends the 'Shameless' Season 2 Reception at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Actors Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin speak during the 'Shameless' panel during the Showtime portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at The Langham Huntington Hotel on January 14, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R)Actors Jeremy Allen White, Laura Wiggins and Joan Cusack of the television show 'Shameless' speak during the Showtime portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Jeremy Allen White attends the 'Shameless' screening at Los Angeles Times' 3rd annual The Envelope primetime Emmy screening series at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Jeremy Allen White attends the season 2 premiere of 'Shameless' at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: William H. Macy with his cast from the television show 'Shameless', Cameron Monaghan, Justin Chatwin and Shanola Hampton attend the ceremony honoring both Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LYNWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actor Jeremy Allen White helps build homes with 'Habitat For Humanity LA' on October 25, 2014 in Lynwood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Noel Fisher attends the season 2 premiere of 'Shameless' at Haus Los Angeles on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actors Emmy Rossum, Emma Kenney and William H. Macy attend Showtime's 'Shameless' Los Angeles special screening held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 4, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Emmy Rossum attends the screening and panel discussion with Showtime's 'Shameless' at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 4, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Emmy Rossum, Emma Kenney, Shanola Hampton and Zach McGowan attend Showtime's 'Shameless' Los Angeles special screening held at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 4, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actors William H. Macy (L) and Emmy Rossum attend the Showtime celebration of the all-new seasons of 'Shameless,' 'House Of Lies' And 'Episodes' at Cecconi's Restaurant on January 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Emmy Rossum arrives at The Women of Showtime's 'Shameless' screening and panel discussion at The London Hotel on March 22, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Shanola Hampton and actor William H. Macy attend the Showtime Emmy eve party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Shanola Hampton arrives at The Women of Showtime's 'Shameless' screening and panel discussion at The London Hotel on March 22, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Emmy Rossum attends The Paley Center for Media's 11th Annual PaleyFest fall TV previews Los Angeles for Showtime's Shameless at The Paley Center for Media on September 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Emmy Rossum attends The Paley Center for Media's 11th Annual PaleyFest fall TV previews Los Angeles for Showtime's Shameless at The Paley Center for Media on September 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Actors William H. Macy (L) and Emmy Rossum speak onstage during the Shameless panel during the 2017 Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)
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“As challenging as it can be for any show simply to maintain viewers in the current TV landscape, ‘Shameless’ is adding them in droves,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Networks. “But it’s no mystery why. The series’ reputation for rich and resonant characters and for deep – and deeply twisted – comedy has drawn not only faithful longtime viewers, but a steadily growing audience. And creatively, the season that kicked off this past Sunday is stronger than ever.”

The series stars Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winner William H. Macy, Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Elliot Fletcher, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Christian Isaiah, Steve Howery, Shanola Hampton, and Isidora Goreshter. Created by Paul Abbott, it is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Developed for American television by John Wells, the series is executive produced by Wells, Nancy M. Pimental, and Sheila Callaghan.

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