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Shameless showrunner is "a little disappointed but not horribly upset" that Showtime decided to end the series

  • "Showtime felt the timing was right for the final season and I'm happy to go along with that," showrunner John Wells tells The Hollywood Reporter of Showtime's decision to end Shameless with Season 11. "As I've always said, I love this show so much I could make it forever. I'm a little disappointed but not horribly upset because they have been such wonderful partners all these years. I love this family and this world so I wasn't kidding when I said I could write it forever. But it's about that time. I didn't even talk to Bill about whether he wanted to do more or not because Showtime was pretty ready to be done, which is fine. Eleven years was a wonderful gift. I'll just miss everybody when we're done." Wells added that Showtime Entertainment co-president Gary Levine "made the call. He said he thought it was time. You have to ask him what his thought process was. Honestly, we didn't think we would ever get on the air. We were in development and trying to get Shameless made for seven years. If you had told me at the end of that process that it was going to then be on the air for 11 years, I would have laughed and said, 'I just hope it's on the air for one year.' I don't want to sound ungrateful for a great run and tremendous support."

    TOPICS: Shameless, Showtime, Gary Levine, John Wells