Showtime has renewed two new series, “Shameless” and “Episodes,” for a second season. The hour-long William H. Macy drama “Shameless” received a twelve-episode order, while Matt LeBlanc’s half-hour comedy “Episodes” episode count is “to be determined.”
“The viewer loyalty and critical acclaim that has met both ‘Shameless’ and ‘Episodes’ since their January debuts makes it clear that these two brash and sophisticated series are burgeoning hits,” Showtime’s president David Nevins said via press release. “John Wells is carving out a tone that is truly unique in the television landscape—equal parts drama and comedy. And ‘Episodes’ marks the universally embraced and hilarious return to television of an inspired comedy triumvirate: Matt LeBlanc, and creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane. We are thrilled with the response to both series and eager to start planning for their second seasons.”
“Shameless” has been a bonafide hit for the network, averaging nearly four million weekly viewers (across multiple platforms) in its first season. “Episodes” has averaged two million (including DVR playback).