Showtime is rolling out an American version of the acclaimed British comedy-drama “Shameless,” and they’re bringing in William H. Macy as the alcoholic father/star, Frank, and Allison Janney as a possible love interest. Emmy Rossum plays Frank’s daughter.
I don’t know much of what this show is about — Wikipedia says it’s “centered on underclass and working class culture” — but the WHM stamp of approval is almost all I need.
I enjoy William H. Macy’s performances almost more than any actor I can think of — he’s extremely, consistently good, can play nearly any role (controlling movie director? Sure. Navy Admiral? Sure. Hippie Senator? Slick network “cut man”? The quintessential loser? You betcha.) I can’t actually say I’d see any movie he’s in, because the guy is definitely a working actor who will appear one day in a movie I can’t wait to see and the next in a TV miniseries I could do without, but his presence is still a guarantee of a certain quality. Add in Allison Janney and — are there bars in town that have Showtime?
I still don’t want cable, but I’m starting to think I’m going to owe the iTunes store a small fortune in the fall.