Joan Cusack has joined the cast of Showtime's upcoming drama Shameless.
The Academy Award-nominated actress (best supporting actress nods for Working Girl,In & Out) will appear in all 12 episodes of the new series, portraying Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter, who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy's character, Frank Gallagher.
Production on the first season begins is set to begin in mid-September. Shameless is scheduled to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
Shameless comes to Showtime from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.