For those who don't know. This is a remake of a UK series. Here are some comments from the creator about the original:
[Paul Abbot] told this year's MediaGuardian Edinburgh international TV festival
that the UK "lacked the balls" of the US industry with its 26-part drama series. Ben Stephenson, the BBC's head of drama commissioning, later described this view as "naive".Shows build
Abbott responds: "That wasn't my point. I wasn't talking about mimicking 22 episodes just because Shameless has been commissioned like this. What I was trying to say was that audiences should be presented with material that they can trust to be there year after year on longer order because shows build with familiarity. I'm not critical of the drama we've got. The point is, we should be more proud of British drama and learn how to dare to put a long order series in front of the audience that isn't Holby [City]."
He is an executive producer of the US version of Shameless alongside John Wells, whose credits include ER and The West Wing. Set in Chicago, with William H Macy as Frank, it premieres on Showtime on 9 January and will be broadcast here in the spring by More4 as Shameless USA
Abbott admits to being "pleasantly surprised" by it. "The casting is supreme. Every six weeks I go over to LA to work on it and in the meantime they load the rushes on to the web for me. I've had quite a lot of input.
" I tried describing [to them] the reason why I wrote Shameless in the first place. And that's a hard task, because it's not true that I simply wanted to exhibit or exemplify the world I grew up in. Working out how to do it and not be repelled by it was the big secret. I wasn't compelled to show people a grim side of life. I was trying to show them the stamina with which people get through that.
"When I first wrote Shameless I would compare each episode with events in the royal family. And you go, 'If it works there and it works here, it works everywhere.' I send Buckingham Palace a box set every Christmas," he jokes.
"Just imagine pitching to Ben [Stephenson] now and saying, 'I want to sell a story about a grim council estate.' I'd pay not to watch it," laughs Abbott.
"Shameless is a really subversive drama pretending to look like something else whilst it's sneaking stuff past the audience that they wouldn't ordinarily want to watch."http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010...ott-new-series