Academy Award®-nominated actress Joan Cusack has joined the cast of SHOWTIME’s new one-hour drama series SHAMELESS. Cusack, who will appear in all 12 episodes of the new series, will play the role of Sheila, an
agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher.
Production on the first season begins in mid-September, with the series premiering on SHOWTIME, Sunday, January 9th at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
SHAMELESS, a new drama series from Emmy® Award winners John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Southland”) and Paul Abbott (“The Girl in the Café,” “State of Play,” “Touching Evil”), is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy® Award winner and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville, The Cooler) and Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River).
Macy plays a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. The series also stars Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds), Ethan Cutkosky (The Unborn), Shanola Hampton (“Related”), Steve Howey (“Reba”), Emma Kenney (Three Little Puppets), Cameron Monaghan (Click), Jeremy Allen White and Laura Slade Wiggins (“Eleventh Hour”).