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William H. Macy's 'Shameless' was Showtime's biggest drama premiere in seven years

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It may have divided the critics, but in the ratings "Shameless" scored another win Sunday for Showtime's programming strategy of banking on anti-hero star vehicles.

The drama, an Americanized version of a British series, stars William H. Macy as an abusive, substance-abusing father and delivered 982,000 total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. "Shameless" was the pay cable network's biggest drama premiere in seven years, when "Dead Like Me" scored 1.1 million. By comparison, "The Tudors" in 2007 premiered to just 869,000.

The show divided reviewers, with Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara finding it gritty and preachy, "never a good combination."

Meanwhile, Showtime's fourth season premiere of "Californication" -- the comedy with David Duchovny as an oversexed writer -- had its best season opener ever, with 848,000 viewers. It provided a strong lead-in for "Episodes," Matt LeBlanc's return to series TV, which premiered to 768,000 viewers.

-- Scott Collins

@scottcollinsLAT

Photo: William H. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher in "Shameless." Credit: Showtime

 

 

 
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This show was enjoyable. Your critic is a grump.

Shameless might be my new favorite show! Amazing cast all around, but William H. Macy has to be my favorite though. His new movie Lincoln Lawyer looks pretty good too (pretty hot cast in that one too!), will definitely be seeing it in theatres when it comes out! Love that guy http://on.fb.me/gUFvA3



Californication recap please!!!!!

BRAVO!!! Shameless is an awesome show!! FINALLY, a show that is more real than reality shows!!! This is unfortunately, the way alot of families are living. Especially in this economy. A little too much sex, but for the most part, GREAT SHOW!!!!! We have already set our TV to remind us of the next episode and will continue the same thing every week. WONDERFUL JOB!!!
BRAVO!!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shameless might be my new favorite show! Amazing cast all around, but William H. Macy has to be my favorite though. His new movie Lincoln Lawyer looks pretty good too (pretty hot cast in that one too!), will definitely be seeing it in theatres when it comes out! Love that guy
http://on.fb.me/gUFvA3



Frank Gallagher is my new hero. Congrats on a good 2011, Shameless and the Lincoln Lawyer look like an awesome kick-off to the New Year! http://on.fb.me/gUFvA3




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