Shameless Season 12: Renewed or Cancelled?

Created by John Wells for Showtime, ‘Shameless’ is a tragicomedy-drama show from the award-winning British television series of the same name by Paul Abbott. Set in the South Side community of Canaryville in Chicago, the slice-of-life drama revolves around the dysfunctional Gallagher family. The patriarch Frank Gallagher who is usually drunk is always on the lookout for delirious misadventures. Following his wife’s death, he goes on a downward spiral and finds his life crumbling, and his children grow apart.

Following its original premiere in January 2011, the comedy series spawned eleven seasons, becoming the longest-running scripted show in the network’s history. Thanks to its accomplished cast, compelling story arcs, and occasional shock value, the series garnered widespread acclaim in the media. Naturally, you must be eager to know if a twelfth installment is underway. In that case, we’ve got news.

Shameless Season 12 Release Date

‘Shameless’ season 11 premiered on December 6, 2020, on Showtime, with the season’s finale being aired on April 11, 2021. The season released in its entirety on October 11, 2021, on the streaming platform Netflix. The eleventh season consists of twelve episodes with runtimes per episode ranging between 45 and 59 minutes.

Let us now consider the prospects of the follow-up season. On January 13, 2020, Showtime picked up the series for its eleventh round. At the time, Showtime’s President of Entertainment, Gary Levine, announced the news of the renewal while also revealing that season 11 would conclude the journey of the Gallagher family.

Frank Gallagher has been the center of the family drama, and he is primarily evasive regarding his paternal responsibilities for most of the series. Showrunner John Wells divulged in an interview that the plan was always to have the character face the consequences of his actions. He said, “Frank absolutely can’t have survived forever without any consequences to all of this bad behavior, particularly that behavior has been allowed in many ways by the fact that his family has stuck around.”

The reel lives up to the real in the final season of this drama as Frank contracts the COVID-19 virus. Seemingly, he cannot evade the past, and it catches up to him at last – with his alcoholic dementia worsening, an onset of COVID-19 sees Frank finally biting the dust. The ending is also a nod to the lives claimed by the virus in the economically deprived section of Chicago’s South Side.

Moreover, the ratings had taken a hit in the later seasons of the show. The eleventh season was watched by 576,000 viewers, which is down by 32 percent compared to the tenth installment. Looking at all these different aspects, it seems that the show’s ending was only the destined trajectory. But fortunately, it managed to wrap things up on a conclusive note. Therefore, it is unlikely that ‘Shameless’ season 12 will ever get made.

However, the show has been one of the most popular to have ever aired on Showtime, and there remains a chance of spin-offs. Some questions are not answered in the series finale, for example, whether Lip sells the family home or not. If a spin-off is indeed conceived, it may revolve around the lives of the Gallagher siblings. Although it is an interesting possibility, no official announcement has been made regarding a sequel show.

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