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Old 01-13-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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remake of the British show of the same name starring William H Macy & Emmy Rossum



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Once again the Brits have broken in a TV series before America takes it as its own. Although Shameless attempts to jam a lot into one hour, the show’s tremendous cast, smart pacing and fresh storyline keep it engaging. And the longtime success of the British version is an encouraging sign that it could last awhile.

My primary attraction to Shameless was William H. Macy whose performances have impressed ever since his role as car salesman Jerry Lundegaard in 1996’s Fargo. I expected Macy to be the bright spot in an otherwise mediocre series—but I greatly underestimated the show.

The Gallagher family may be a completely dysfunctional disaster, but at least they’re a family, despite a constantly drunk daddy Frank (Macy). The motherless bunch survives, however, because Frank’s eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) refuses to let them do otherwise. Living in the projects, the six kids (all white except for a black toddler who Frank says resembles his sponsor) all contribute in their own ways—working odd jobs while going to school, scraping pennies just to pay the electric bill—while dad spends his disability check (headless chicken accident at a slaughterhouse) on booze.

Frank: “I gave my life to that company.”
Fiona: “You worked there a week.”

In the premiere Fiona meets Steve (Justin Chatwin) who defends her honor during an altercation at a club one night and is then unexpectedly introduced to the entire family. While the kids sleep, Steve and Fiona mix it up on the kitchen counter before being interrupted by the cops making a routine delivery of the dead-drunk Frank to the living room floor. Fiona says goodnight to Steve thinking she’ll never see him again only to be surprised by his appearance the next day as he courts her with the delivery of a new washing machine.

The series is filled with likable performances in the packed first hour. Joan Cusack plays the phobic housewife Sheila with a clown-loving husband who chases two of the Gallagher teen boys out of the house after Sheila’s nymphomaniac daughter performs fellatio on them under the kitchen table (the title should serve as a warning this is no ordinary family).

But it’s Rossum above everyone else who sparkles in one of those watch-out-for-her performances. From resentment to despair, to joy and anger, her range of genuine emotion is inspiring. Macy, passed out in half of his few scenes, is naturally great. And though I tuned in mainly to see him, I’ll keep watching to see Rossum.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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Loved the pilot.
Will watch.

Emmy Rossum gets a
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:57 AM   #3
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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Irony: Episodes has also just started on Showtime.

YouTube - Matt LeBlanc - Episodes Trailer
wasn't really a fan of it - did you like it?
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:52 AM   #5
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Has that show started yet? I haven't been watching showtime lately. I only subscribe for Nurse Jackie and US of Tara.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:53 AM   #6
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last sunday was the first episode.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:54 AM   #7
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Caught the commercial- the one involving the wife beater. That's enough to get me to tune in.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:56 AM   #8
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wasn't really a fan of it - did you like it?
I was amused in an uncomfortable way. I'll give it a chance.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:04 PM   #9
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Emmy Rossum getting plowed.... two thumbs up.... great titties!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:44 PM   #10
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I liked the pilot.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:45 PM   #11
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I liked the pilot.
what was his name?
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:17 PM   #12
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Good pilot, I'll continue watching.

+11ty on Emma Rossum getting dirty on the kitchen floor. Plus the scene with the see through wife beater was a great opener.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:20 PM   #13
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I'm watching. So far, I don't get why the responsible daughter puts up with the uncontrollable alcoholic father. I do not like his character
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:23 PM   #14
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I'm watching. So far, I don't get why the responsible daughter puts up with the uncontrollable alcoholic father. I do not like his character

It's called the plot. Most shows try to have one.
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I had no idea William H. Macy could be so despicable. What an actor!
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Some excellent casual nudity in this show!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:05 PM   #17
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Macy is the only one who I don't like so far. It just seems like he's trying too hard. The rest of the cast is excellent.
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #18
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Anybody still watching?

The last few episodes have been pretty good. The scene with the dad and the girl in the bathroom was pretty funny. Was very nice to see her titties too. I wonder if she is just playing him to make him uncomfortable and make him leave or if she is really into older bums?
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Old 02-04-2011, 01:59 PM   #19
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I love it. Makes me miss Chicago. Reminds me that if people with next to nothing can be happy, I should be able to as well.
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Still watching, still great.
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It's a good show. Will continue to watch.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:08 PM   #22
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The wife and I watch this show, love it. Love the titties also. Fun show, something different, and each episode flies by.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #24
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I haven't seen any other episodes of this season so far, but I caught tonight's episode (ep6?). It seems like it could be a good show. I was entertained by this episode. Oh, and more Emmy Rossum nakedness was definitely a plus.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:33 AM   #25
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Been watching it regularly since it came on. It's an awesome show, but they need to show the psychotic son (Carl) more often... his part in last night's show was great

Also, I tried watching the British version and i couldn't understand a goddamn ****ing word of it.
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