I Will Watch William H. Macy in Anything — Except “Marmaduke”

William H. Macy by Lisa Klink via Flickr

Photo by Lisa Klink/Flickr

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.

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2 Responses to I Will Watch William H. Macy in Anything — Except “Marmaduke”

  1. punterjoe says:

    Oh lord. I thought you were kidding about Marmaduke until I confirmed it @ IMDB.
    Now I will be awake all night trying to comprehend a world where businesses are folding, families driven from their foreclosed homes… and yet there is money to make “Marmaduke – the motion picture”.
    ….My brain aches.

    • Jenn says:

      Yes, not a joke, sadly. I imagine it was dreamed up during the great Hollywood boom of… I don’t know when. Probably it was originally going to star Brad Pitt, but the recession being what it is…

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