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'Shameless' Finale Perfectly Highlights Where Season 5 Went Wrong

4/6/2015 10:14am EDT
'Shameless' Finale Review: 'Love Songs (In Key Of Gallagher)' An
“Love Songs (in the Key of Gallagher)” perfectly highlights all the ways that season 5 went wrong. Showtime is notorious for having their programs go downhill after incredible first seasons, but Shameless seemed to avoid the Showtime curse with agility. Every season was unique but managed to feel like a cohesive part of the same show about a wild, fiercely loyal family that was cursed with more than their fair share of bad luck. But season 5 has been one misstep after another.

The family spent most of the season completely apart, taking part in stories where they mostly interact with outsi...
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‘Shameless’ Struggles Between Comedy And Darkness

3/30/2015 10:31am EDT
'Shameless' Season 5 Episode 11 Review 'Drugs Actually'
Shameless doesn't always find the right balance between dark comedy and pure darkness. This season is a prime example of the balance being off kilter. The first three seasons always found the perfect formula for being fun and heartbreaking. For every plot about Debbie kidnapping a baby, there was Fiona fighting her parents for custody of the kids. Season 4 was far too depressing, with the lighthearted plots being overshadowed by Fiona's downfall. This season feels like the writers are trying hard to course correct by bringing the fun back to the show, but without any of the same heart as be...
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'Shameless' Review: Top 5 Wild Moments from 'South Side Rules'

3/23/2015 10:54pm EDT
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Remember when you hated Sammi because she was naively enamored with Frank and eating up screen time from other, beloved characters? Well, she finally earned all the vitriol that’s been thrown at her by characters and viewers alike. Last week the ramifications of Carl’s arrest seemed light, as if the entire family were unaffected by this inevitability. But the real consequence of Carl’s jail time is that they pissed off the wrong Gallagher. Sammi comes off as more villainous than any other character on Shameless, except for Frank, whose heinous actions are usually due to selfishness instead ...
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5 Crazy Moments From Sunday Night's 'Shameless'

3/16/2015 10:37am EDT
'Shameless' Review: 5 Wild Moments From 'Carl's First Sentencing
The aftermath of Carl’s arrest couldn’t match the hectic follow up to Fiona’s arrest. She, as the show’s main character, was the focal point of everybody’s lives and her actions affected them each, one way or another. Carl’s arrest doesn’t have that same heavy weight to it. Most of the characters continue on with their lives as usual, completely unaffected by the prospect of him going to jail. The storyline is treated more like a joke, one of those wacky side plots that distract from larger stories like Ian’s bipolar disorder.

Who knows if it’s the right move for Shameless to treat Carl’s ...
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Top 5 Wild Moments From Last Night's 'Shameless'

3/9/2015 9:41am EDT
'Shameless' Recap: Top 5 Wild Moments From 'Uncle Carl'
Shameless has a tendency to crank out some incredible episodes as the season winds down. The seasons usually start a bit slow, maybe a little heavy on the comedy and the horrifically long Frank-plots, but start to slowly build. Until—bam!—one episode changes everything for everyone. Last season’s big moment was Liam getting into Fiona’s coke. While it may have seemed like Ian’s kidnapping road trip would be the big change-everything moment, it may have been a simple taster of what’s to come.

The real big event is Carl’s arrest, the implications of which will likely unfold over the last fou...
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'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need Me'

3/2/2015 8:28am EST
'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments from 'Tell Me You F***ing Need
In last night's Shameless, everybody is showing a little bit of desperation. Lip is running from unhelpful office to office on his college campus to uncover the mystery of why his class schedule isn’t showing up. Debbie is asking her short list of guy-experts on how to get her glib boxing buddy to stop placing her in the mythical friendzone. Even pathetic little Chuckie is desperate not to have his slacks and button up ruined by a bully or bad stomach at his first day of school. As the episode’s title suggestions, they’re each frantic for each other’s help. It’s a common theme for Shameless...
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Shameless Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'

2/16/2015 10:26am EST
Shameless Review: 5 Best Moments From 'Crazy Love'
Two of the biggest plots of season 5, regarding two of the biggest Shameless couples, have finally started to gain traction. Jimmy has spent all season off screen since his appearance in the final scene of season 4, but the presence of his partner, Angela, has kept him on our minds. Meanwhile, Mickey has avoided the question of Ian’s mental health most of the season in favor of the good old “ignore it until it goes away” method of dealing with issues. Finally, “Crazy Love” forces both of these characters to face the reality of their situations. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast is in arrested...
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'Shameless': 5 Best Moments From 'Rites Of Passage'

2/9/2015 10:14am EST
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Well that was so much better than last week. The Gallaghers interacted with each other. Plots connected with the overall storylines. Slow building stories finally got to a breaking point. Thank God last week’s weak episode was just an aberration.

Here are the top 5 best moments from “Rites of Passage:”

Frank’s New Family

Wherever this Frank’s Liver Family plot is going, it can’t be good. Either Frank has the best or worst luck, because when he got his new liver from a guy named Dave, who died in a home invasion, Frank also got a cuckoo new family. Now that Sheila is gone and Sammi is wea...
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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Moments From 'A Night to Remem...Wait, What?'

2/2/2015 10:11am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Moments From 'A Night to
Was that the worst ever episode of Shameless? Yeah, it might have been the worst ever episode.

And it’s not like it was blatantly bad. Mostly there was a strange atmosphere to the episode that didn’t fit within the rest of the series, as if it was written with only a vague understanding of the show, the characters, and what makes Shameless so successful. It almost felt like somebody’s spec script. But it was written by Davey Holmes, who also wrote “There’s The Rub,” where Liam got into Fiona’s coke. The characters spend the entire episode wrapped up in their individual subplots with very l...
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'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'

1/26/2015 8:38am EST
'Shameless' Review: The Best And Worst Of 'The Two Lisas'
Shameless is always filled with incredible moments. It can take something wacky and turn it into a beautiful moment that defines characters and relationships in an honest way. But sometimes it can go so over the top that it hurts the characters irrevocably. The scene where Lip is finally kind to Mandy is sweet until you remember that she literally tried to murder Karen and destroyed her life forever. Any honest moment with Frank is destroyed by his various inhuman acts, including keeping a woman from a heart transplant. So many characters have had moments they can’t come back from and “The ...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'

1/19/2015 9:09am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From 'I'm The Liver'
Happy Father’s Day, Shameless universe! “I'm The Liver” jam packs dozens of plots, big and small, into a single episode, including Ian’s continued descent, Lip’s new job, Veronica’s post-partum depression, Sammi’s desperation to get Frank to notice her, Frank’s brewery, and the budding gentrification of the South Side, among many others. Yet, it still manages to feel cohesive. Even with the many subplots, it never feels like the characters exist in a bubble. They cross paths, interact, and acknowledge each other’s storylines. It’s actually quite an impressive achievement to feature so much ...
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'Shameless' Recap: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nectar Of The Gods'

1/9/2015 9:30am EST
'Shameless' Review: 5 Best Moments From The Season Premiere 'Nec
Shameless remains one of the few Showtime series that manages to get better every year, instead of the usual steady decline in quality. Although last season was the most depressing to date, it proved that even when the characters spiraled out of control and destroyed everything around them, they were still worth watching. The show’s writers have promised that this season, set in the fun summer months, will be a step away from the bleakness that nearly demolished the Gallagher family last season.

The 5th season premiere “Nectar of the Gods” is back to the classic Shameless mix of unabashed ...
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TV's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014

12/27/2014 11:43am EST
Television's 10 Best Female Characters Of 2014
No more simple sidekicks. No more dopey love interests with no purpose other than mooning over the smoldering leading man. Female characters have come a long way. From the anti-hero badasses who don’t mind destroying lives if it means getting their way to intelligent, compassionate women with ambition, 2014 was home to dozens of amazing female characters. These women push boundaries, more than hold their own against their male counterparts, and entertain audiences all over.

While it was tough to narrow down the barrage of awesome women to a short list, we have the 10 best female characters...
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Laura Slade Wiggins Stars In Lifetime's 'Thinspiration'

4/26/2014 2:30pm EDT
Laura Slade Wiggins Stars In Lifetime's 'Thinspiration'
Our look inside the Lifetime original movie Thinspiration concludes with star Laura Slade Wiggins, who plays Hannah, the young woman whose battle with an eating disorder challenges her whole family. BFTV had the chance to sit down with Laura before tonight's premiere to ask her about being at the center of this compelling film, and what motivated her to take on the challenge.

"Anorexia and bulimia is a disease that I feel like my generation has fought, and we really have to band together and make sure it's not okay," Laura told us. "I'm just really passionate about bringing that kind of ex...
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Emma Kenney, 'Shameless' Star On The Set

2/11/2014 11:10am EST
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Emma Kenney stars in Showtime’s award-winning drama, Shameless. In case you haven’t seen this show, it’s about a large, poor family with a dad who is an alcoholic (Academy Award nominee, William H. Macy), and the mom is MIA. Consequently, the children are forced to raise themselves in a shady area of Chicago.

Shameless recently started its fourth season. You can watch the compelling series on Sunday at 9:00PM.

Emma provided some insight about her character during our chat between filming.

Who is Debbie Gallagher?

Debbie's the middle Gallagher sibling, and she's very different than the...
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10 Toughest Female Characters On TV

10/27/2013 1:00pm EDT
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We’ve come up with a list of the Top 10 Toughest Women on TV. See who made the cut below and let us know yours in the comments section.

10. Arya Stark, Game of Thrones (HBO)

This girl is not yet a woman but she is definitely worthy of this list. Arya Stark has gone through a lot in her youth, she’s seen things no normal 13-year old should see. She’s been on her own since the first season (we’re now heading into the fourth. Throughout her everlasting search for her family, she’s had to pretend being a boy (up until this season where it’s clear she’s becoming a woman). She hasn’t gotten a f...
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A Few Minutes With... Madison Moellers on 'Shameless' and Women in Hollywood

3/3/2013 2:20pm EST
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Madison Moellers arrived on Showtime's Shameless last month, playing the character of Molly Milkovich, the younger sibling of Mandy - and while she was a fresh face on the hit series, she also kept busy off-camera working to tell the stories of successful women in the entertainment industry. Madison recently took some time out of her schedule to chat with me about what it was like for her to work on Shameless and whether or not having her own web series has helped her see things from the other side of the red carpet.

"One of the things that I love about [Shameless] is that, on most sets, e...
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Is Estefania In Love With Jimmy On 'Shameless'? We Talk To Her Portrayer To Find Out

3/2/2013 1:30pm EST
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Jimmy’s got a lot of things on his mind on this season of Shameless and one of them is Estefania, his wife and the daughter of a drug lord. Estefania may even starting to fall in love with Jimmy—or at least, in lust.

To learn more about how Estefania will continue to become a distraction in Jimmy’s life, I spoke with the actress that plays her, Stephanie Vanessa Fantauzzi, over email. Here’s what we discussed:

You've been in the new season of Shameless quite a bit already... how many more episodes can we expect to see you in this season?

Yes! Este’s back in full swing this season. She wi...
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James Wolk: The One to Watch in 2013

2/11/2013 9:15am EST
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James Wolk is the best actor whose name you don't know. But you've seen him. You've seen his performances, which have been great from the start and have just kept getting better. Not only is he consistent, but that intangible quality that others aspire to, he has. Whether it's a supporting part in a movie or a leading role on television, he's elevated every project that he's been in. Oh, and he's also one of Hollywood's true gentlemen. Now, in 2013, there's no limit to what he can do.

He's no overnight success, either. He's worked his way to the top of his craft, and the rise began with a ...
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'Shameless' Season 3: Nothing’s Changed – And We Wouldn't Want It Any Other Way!

1/16/2013 1:40pm EST
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As seen in the season premiere of Shameless this past Sunday, 137 days have passed between what happened at the end of season two and where we begin season three.

(Spoilers ahead for the first episode and mild teasers for the next three.)

Frank does manage to make it back from Mexico – wonder if we’ll ever see what landed him there in the first place – and Jimmy’s life has been threatened by Estefania’s father, Nando. Jimmy has to pretend to be her husband to fool the INS so she can be an American citizen and Jimmy is keeping it from Fiona. Lip has been sentenced to community service and ...
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Showtime Sunday Nights Return with 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies,' 'Californication'

1/13/2013 9:00am EST
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Showtime is the channel to be watching on Sunday nights. After the nail-biting returns of Dexter and Homeland, the premium cabler is now bringing the laughs with new seasons of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication, starting tonight.

All three shows have some element of people behaving badly, whether it's Frank Gallagher's lack of parenting or Hank Moody's ever-growing list of flings. That concept works better for some shows than it does others. Season six of Californication is the same debauchery with a different theme. After trying the film world in season four, this time around ...
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Emmy Rossum Initially Deemed 'Too Glamorous' For 'Shameless'

1/3/2013 8:12am EST
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Emmy Rossum had to fight for her role in TV hit Shameless after producers ruled her out for looking "too glamorous."

The actress was desperate to be cast as Fiona Gallagher in the U.S. adaptation of the British show, about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago, Illinois, but producers felt she wasn't right for the role.

She tells Manhattan magazine, "They didn't want to see me; they wouldn't even (let me) audition. They thought my image was too glamorous, that I couldn't not be pretty."

Rossum shot a home video of herself as Fiona to prove she could handle the part, and she managed...
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'Shameless' Actress Amy Smart Teams Up With ASPCA

4/9/2012 11:10am EDT
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Animal lover Amy Smart is helping the ASPCA and PetArmor launch a new campaign to provide affordable healthcare to pets.

The PetArmor Protection Promise will see PetArmor donate 20,000 flea and tick protection treatments to shelter pets nationwide, with people able to visit the PetArmor Facebook page and choose what shelter they would like to donate a treatment to, just by "liking" the page.

PetArmor is the first EPA-approved generic flea and tick treatment with firpronil for both dogs and cats. It provides the same proven flea and tick protection as Frontline Top Spot, the leading br...
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Q&A: 'The Client List' Star Naturi Naughton: 'There Are So Many Things I Want To Do'

4/8/2012 10:00am EDT
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Lifetime's The Client List premieres tonight (10 PM ET/PT). You've seen the saucy ads of Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, who works at a day spa that has a little something extra going on. But she's not the only one who's a part of the story.

I recently caught up with singer/actress Naturi Naughton, who co-stars with Hewitt in the Lifetime original series, to ask her about her role in the new show, her experience coming off the similarly sexy The Playboy Club, and her other aspirations.

What was the moment when you decided on an entertainment career?

I was pretty young when I decid...
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'Shameless' 2.12 Recap: Fiona Interrupted

4/2/2012 11:45am EDT
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Every time I think I've about had it with "Shameless," it shows up with a bag of surprises and I'm hooked again. It's the show I just can't quit, thanks in large part to the fearless maiden at its center: Fiona Gallagher, played by the too good to be true Emmy Rossum. She wrangles her siblings through the pratfalls of adolescence and rarely finds time for herself. And while the second season has been a real test of faith for both Fiona and the audience, last night's finale proved that the heart of "Shameless" is the true anchor in the sea of chaos that threatens to drown it every so often. ...
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'Shameless' Recap: 'A Great Cause'

3/20/2012 10:20am EDT
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There’s an underlying issue with Shameless that’s sometimes hard to put a finger on. I’ve noted it often, and usually sweep it aside; the show is fun and I’m entertained, so why fuss? But every once and a while it’s so noticeable that it’s painful. I spent the better part of this weekend re-watching the firstseason on DVD, twelve episodes in a rapid-fire succession, and finally came to terms with what it is that rubs me the wrong way. It’s not the cold-hearted indifference of Frank Gallagher or the often-ludicrous mishaps his kids get mucked up in. It’s not even the over-the-top ticks of ch...
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'Shameless' Recap: 'Hurricane Monica'

3/12/2012 3:15pm EDT
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Well, things just got interesting. More interesting, that is, since Shameless is always at least somewhat interesting, even when it’s hog-wild and off-the-charts. In last week’s game changer, Fiona kicked Lip out of the house for dropping out of school and Monica showed up again after the death of Grammy. This week’s episode, “Hurricane Monica,” deals with the repercussions of both storylines, sometimes jointly, sometimes on separate planes.

Lip’s been staying with Karen and Shelia (and Jody), but when Shelia starts demanding rent, he hits the streets, sleeping on the subway, even beggin...
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Q&A: Get To Know 'Shameless' Star Zach McGowan

3/3/2012 12:00pm EST
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Have you gotten to know the newest member of the cast of Shameless? Actor Zach McGowan joined the Showtime series this season in the role of Jody, Sheila's (Joan Cusack) son-in-law. To help you get acquainted, I sat down and asked him a few questions about the man behind the man on the motorcycle.

What made you decide to pursue a career as an actor?

In reality, I've always been an actor, since I was a kid. I did theater growing up in New York. I was always in the plays in school. I was either going to be an actor or an athlete or a soldier. Those were kind of the three paths that...
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Emmy Rossum Wears An Adorable Yellow Dress Made Partly Of Pineapple

2/23/2012 12:00pm EST
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Emmy Rossum wore a dress made of pineapple fibers, hemp and other materials to Global Green USA's pre-oscar party in Hollywood yesterday.

Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino's Eco Coutour made the dress for the "Shameless" star. We give her two green thumbs up for the eco-friendly ensemble!

The actress recently admitted she was treated to hotdogs as a child if she showed off her singing skills. A member of New York's Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus, a local butcher gave her lunch if she sang him an aria.
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Q&A: 'Happy Endings' Guest Star James Wolk

2/8/2012 6:00pm EST
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ABC's Happy Endings is celebrating Valentine's Day early - and giving us the gift of James Wolk as Max's (Adam Pally) ex-boyfriend, Grant.

Best known as the lead on FOX's critically acclaimed but very short-lived Lone Star, James recently dropped by to talk about what it's like to work on a show that you're a fan of and what he thinks of the holiday.

What attracted you to this character?

I was a fan of the show prior to being on it. I had just finished working on a play and we started to talk to the Happy Endings folks. There was interest from both sides, which was exciting, because ...
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