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Shameless Renewed for Season 10, With Cameron Monaghan. Shameless isn't going anywhere. Despite the departure of star Emmy Rossum, the Showtime series will be back for a tenth season, making it the longest running show Showtime has ever had. Star Cameron Monaghan had also announced he was leaving, but Showtime exec Gary Levine promised that Ian will be back for season 10, along with William H. Macy as Frank and the entire rest of the family. "The Gallaghers are a force of nature, and they are coming back, Levine said in a statement. "Shameless with its ever-growing fan base, is like no other show on television. We are thrilled it will live on with its unique blend of love and larceny on Showtime." "All of us on Shameless are delighted that we get to tell more wonderful Gallagher stories -- and thankful to Showtime for their continued support," added EP John Wells. "We can't wait to get back to work with this extraordinary cast." Back in October, Monaghan had revealed on Instagram that the next episode would be his last. "All good things come to an end," he wrote. "An old cliche, but one that rings true with a sincerity and clarity especially in moments like these. Everything ends. The next episode will be my last. I have known since last year, but I didn't want to give it away too early as I wanted this season to be a surprise for the audience, allowing them to experience Ian's unsure journey with his character. This role has been a joy to inhabit, a wild and special ride, and I'd like to thank #Shameless as well as you, the viewers, for being there with him. Goodbye, Ian Clayton Gallagher. We'll meet again?" And they will! Production on season 10 will begin later this year. Shameless airs on Showtime. (Eonline)
The Masked Singer Tries Out Group Performances, Unmasks the Unicorn. The Masked Singer changed things up in week five! First of all, they started the show with a group performance, the logistics of which we cannot even begin to comprehend. It was clearly difficult for the Rabbit, the Alien, the Unicorn, and the Lion as well, because none of them sounded quite as good as they have individually. And honestly, that performance was probably the most surreal this show has been so far, just a unicorn, a lion, an alien, and a rabbit casually performing together. Or, if you're to believe most of the internet, it was Tori Spelling, Rumer Willis, LaToya Jackson, and Joey Fatone performing together onstage, and that's even weirder. It was Spelling who was revealed Wednesday night to have been masquerading as the Unicorn. A twist in Wednesday night's episode allowed the singers to bring out a personal object as another clue, and Spelling's was her father Aaron Spelling's typewriter, on which he wrote every one of his scripts. Other personal items included a magic kit, a police badge, and a scrunchie, and absolutely none of those things make sense to us yet. Is LaToya Jackson a police officer? Or is it not LaToya Jackson at all? The Masked Singer airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox, and has now been renewed for a season two, so we'll likely be throwing guesses at wild costumes for years to come. (Eonline)
'Good Fight' Season 3 Leans Into Trump's "Storm" -- With Impeachment Backup Plans "We have a few backup plans if the world runs ahead of us." The Good Fight returns for its third season soon -- March 14, for that matter. So after months of radio silence from the CBS All Access show, save news of Michael Sheen's arrival, the creative team unloaded quite a bit of new info on Wednesday afternoon. At a panel with members of the Television Critics Association, showrunners Michelle and Robert King rolled out a trailer for the upcoming ten-episode stint, noting that it would be taking cues from the way it ended the second season -- with that odd 2017 clip of Donald Trump saying it was "the calm before the storm." "This season is about finding out what that storm is," said Robert King, joined by series stars Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald and Sheen. "It's about what happens when the guard rails are coming off of our institutions." Skirting as close to current events as ever, the husband and wife creators behind the show noted that they are prepared to make some changes to the filmed episodes should Robert Mueller release his investigation into the current president or a surprise impeachment arrive before the premiere. "We have a few backup plans if the world runs ahead of us," added Robert King. "You try to stay as close to the zeitgeist as possible." Gone for the coming season will be the titling of episodes based on the number of days Trump has been in office. Instead, the show is paying comedic homage to Friends and their fondness for current events by adopting "The One... " titles. (Get ready for "The One Inspired by the Proud Boys" and "The One Inspired by Roger Stone.") And continue to not hold your breath for a Julianna Margulies cameo. The showrunners say that they've again considered a return for the star of parent series The Good Wife, but -- again -- it doesn't make sense for their current show. (Hollywood Reporter)