This is way over due, I was supposed to guest blog for Mike a loooooooooong time ago. But better late than never. Here’s my blog on Shameless.
One of my favorite forms entertainment is premium cable. Why? Because there are no commercials during the shows/movies airing, no censoring, and the stories are concise and not bloated. Most cable shows order at 12-14 episode season so there’s less of those annoying filler episodes when regular tv shows have 24 or so episodes. The teams behind these shows are very concerned with getting all the awards they can so they also seek out the best of the best for the acting department. But anyway, I’m here to talk to you guys about one of my current favorite shows; Showtime’s Shameless.
Shameless is based on an original British show of the same name. It’s about a poor family at the end of their rope making it day to day. Now, that might sound glum and horrible, there’s humor thrown in to make you not feel completely bad for these characters. I’ve seen the first four or so episodes of the original which were definitely good, but I much prefer the US version. Now, if you compare the first episodes of both series the US version follows the UK one scene for scene and even line for line. That may be a little off-putting but soon enough into this series they start taking their own liberties into making this show it’s on entity. While they still borrow plot points from the original, the US’s Shameless is its own show.
But pretty much one of my favorite things about this show is Emmy Rossum. I’ll be honest; I used to not be a fan. I found her pretty insufferable before this show. From that horrible movie about global warming, to Phantom of the Opera and a disgraceful adaptation of Dragonball which should never be spoken about, she was awful. But here she really shines. Rossum creates an endearing character that you just can’t help to feel sorry for and hope for her to do better. I just hope she stops with the Chicago accent. She sounds very Boston! Just go for a Midwestern one!
What’s really enjoyable about Shameless is that even though these are people who are at the bottom of the barrel in America, they’re still people you can root for. Instead of poking fun of those who are poor this show puts them in a light and shows viewers a side of Americana life that’s only looked at it’s negatives and helps see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.