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OTRC: Showtime's 'Shameless' and 'Episodes' get second seasons

William H. Macy and Emmy Rosum in a promotional poster for the Showtime series 'Shameless.'/Tamsin Greid, Matt LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan in a promotional poster for 'Episodes.' (Showtime)

Showtime has ordered second seasons of their new shows "Shameless" and "Episodes," Showtime president David Nevins announced today.

"Shameless," an hour-long drama starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum received a 12-episode order, while the half-hour comedy "Episodes" starring Matt LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself, received a second season order but the number of episodes is yet to be determined.

Both of the Showtime series premiered on January 9 and "Shameless" became the network's best performing new drama ever.

"The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both 'Shameless' and 'Episodes' since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits," said Nevins in a press release. "We are thrilled with the response to both series and eager to start planning for their second seasons."

The shows have something else in common- a link to the United Kingdom. "Shameless" is based off of the long-running hit UK show of the same name which premiered in 2004, while "Episodes" is about a British husband and wife comedy writing team who go to Hollywood to remake their fictional British series, at Matt LeBlanc's request. Season one of the series averaged nearly two million weekly viewers across multiple platforms.

"At the end of the first series the writers have placed our three protagonists in the middle of comedy hell," said executive producer Jimmy Mulville. "Like the rest of the audience I can't wait to see what is going to happen to them!"

"Shameless" follows the dysfunctional Chicago family of Frank Gallagher, a single father (Macy) of six children whose oldest (Rossum) keeps the home together while dad is out drinking and stirring up trouble. The series receives an average of four million weekly viewers.

"We're delighted that our wonderful partners at Showtime are giving us the opportunity to make additional episodes of 'Shameless,' said executive producer John Wells. "We're having an unbelievably good time making the show and look forward to bringing more of the humor, pathos, and wild sexuality of the dysfunctional Gallagher family to a shocked American audience."

New episodes of "Episodes" air on Monday at 10 p.m. ET and "Shameless" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, both on Showtime.

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