Showtime will bring in 2011 with a pair of new series and the fourth season of Californication.
The premium network will bow new drama Shameless, starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum on Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. The fourth season of David Duchovny-vehicle of Californication will premiere the next night in the same time period and serve as a lead-in to Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc at 10:30 p.m.
From John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Paul Abbott (State of Play, Touching Evil), Shameless is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy Award-winner and Oscar- nominee Macy (Fargo, Pleasantville) and Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera, Mystic River). Macy plays a far-from-stellar working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids, headed by eldest sibling Rossum, who keep the home afloat while he's out drinking and carousing. Production on the 12-episode first season from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television, is set to begin in September.
Executive-produced and created by David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class, Mad About You), Episodes focuses on a British couple whose hit, erudite UK show is turned into an Americanized sitcom, starring LeBlanc as himself. Production concluded on the rookie campaign last week. Jimmy Mulville serves as executive produces through his Hat Trick production company (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Worst Week). The series is a co-production of Showtime and the BBC.
Meanwhile, Californication is expected to complete production on its fourth campaign this week. Previously, the show has been twinned with Weeds and Dexter.