Shameless Stars React to "Bittersweet" Final Season Announcement

See how much the cast of Shameless has changed over the years as the end approaches

By Chris Harnick Jan 13, 2020 8:12 PMTags

It's the end of an era for Showtime with the end of Shameless nigh. The cable channel announced Shameless, which is currently airing season 10, will return for season 11—the show's last.

The announcement was made at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour. This brings the US version of Shameless to the same season count of the UK series. Series star Emma Kenney took to Instagram after the news came out.

"One. Last. Hoorah. Shameless season 11: our final season. Thank you @showtime for keeping us employed the last 11 years and letting everyone party with the Gallagher's, too. And thank you guys for sticking with us for so long through all of our ups and downs. This is so bittersweet," she wrote.

Shanola Hampton shared the video Showtime put out and said, "Let's go on our final ride!! Season 11! @shameless! What a ride it has been!"

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Christian Isaiah also posted the video and said, "Guys it has been fun! Thank you all for the love and support."

"I'm unbelievably thankful for all of the years of support from Gary Levine and everyone at Showtime that's allowed us to make Shameless," executive producer John Wells said in a statement. "It's been a fantastic experience and all of us in the cast and crew have had a wonderful time following the lives of the Gallagher family and friends. It's been a pleasure!"

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Below, see how much the cast has changed on their wild ride.

William H. Macy as Frank

Willam H. Macy played Frank, the alcoholic, type-B Gallagher family patriarch, on all 11 seasons of Shameless. As of April 2021, the month the series ended, the actor has been nominated for an Emmy five times for his role.

Emmy Rossum as Fiona

Emmy Rossum played Fiona Gallagher from season one to season nine in 2019, two years before the series ended.

Christian Isaiah as Liam

Liam Gallagher is the youngest sibling in the family, and since the start of the show has been played by several different actors (babies, man). Christian Isaiah took over the role for season nine in 2018.

Ethan Cutkosky as Carl

Ethan Cutkosky, whose other credits include Law & Order: SVU, played troubled youth-turned-cop Carl Gallagher on Shameless for all 11 seasons of Shameless.

Jeremy Allen White as Lip

Jeremy Allen White played Philip "Lip" Gallagher for Shameless' entire run. The actor's razor sharp-witted but hot-headed character began a family of his own towards the later seasons and stepped up to assume the parental role among his siblings after Fiona left.

Life imitated art for White: He is a proud father of two children.

Cameron Monaghan as Ian

Cameron Monaghan, aka Ian Gallagher, exited Shameless during its ninth season but returned for the next one. The actor's other credits include Gotham, The Giver and Mercy Street.

Emma Kenney as Debbie

Emma Kenney played Debbie Gallagher on all 11 seasons of Shameless. She also stars in The Conners, the spinoff of Roseanne, as Harris, Darlene's (Sara Gilbert) daughter.

Steve Howey as Kevin

Steve Howey, who was famous for his work on Reba McEntire's self-titled sitcom, played Kev Ball on the series since its debut. Kev is Veronica's husband and the Gallagher family's neighbor.

Shanola Hampton as Veronica

Shanola Hampton played Veronica Fisher, the Gallagher family neighbor, on all 11 seasons of Shameless.

Isidora Goreshter as Svetlana

Viewers first met Isidora Goreshter as Svetlana in season three. She left the show in season eight.

No premiere date for the final season of Shameless was announced.