Emmy Rossum is set as the lead opposite William H. Macy in “Shameless,” John Wells’ drama pilot for Showtime.
Additionally, Allison Janney has signed on for a key recurring role, reuniting with her “West Wing” executive producer Wel
ls. And Justin Chatwin has been cast in the pilot from Warner Bros. TV/John Wells Prods.
Based on the long-running British series by top U.K. TV writer Paul Abbott, “Shameless” revolves around the Gallaghers, a working-class Chicago clan dealing with the recession. The mother is AWOL, and the alcoholic patriarch (Macy) usually ends up passed out on the living room floor, so their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter Fiona (Rossum) is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.
Janney plays a pivotal character that will become a love interest for Macy.
Chatwin will play Steve, a car thief who falls in love with Fiona.
Source: Hollywood Reporter and IMDB