The trials and tribulations of the Gallagher family will continue when the third season of “Shameless” premieres next January — and XfinityTV.com has a sneak peek at what lies ahead for the brazen clan.
Series star William H. Macy, who plays raging alcoholic Frank Gallagher, joked with XfinityTV.com at a press day for his much-buzzed-about, upcoming movie “The Sessions,” that “there is nothing shocking in ‘Shameless’ this year, nothing untoward, everyone is fully clothed, sitting around reading.”
But on the serious side, Macy, who claims to be so embarrassed by the show’s outrageous storylines that he has difficulty talking about them, did give us one spoiler.
“There is a Down Syndrome baby that comes into the Gallagher family and I see on television this Make a Wish Foundation, and I think, ‘I am going to make some money off of this kid,’” he says. “And they say, ‘No, no. It is for cancer kids, not Down Syndrome.’ I say, ‘I have a cancer kid.’ So I go to my youngest, Carl, and I convince him he has cancer and shave his head.”
While Frank may have convinced his son to part with his hair, Macy did not make that choice when agreeing to play the role of Father Brendan in “The Sessions.”
“I thought it worked [for the part of a priest in the '80s],” he says. “It is not clear what would happen if I cut my hair in the hiatus, but as soon as I get a job we are going to find out.”
“Shameless” is currently filming the final two episodes of Season 3, and toward the end of the season, the series takes a look at what might happen if Frank gets sober.
“The series would end and life as we know it,” is Macy’s first response. But then he adds, “As I understand it, I go to jail for something and I find out from there that I have choices to make and at the end of the last episode, I am throwing up blood. I realize something has got to give, which I guess will be a big question for Season 4, God willing.”
In “The Sessions,” which is already getting Oscar buzz from its Sundance premiere, Macy plays a priest who counsels his 38-year-old, polio-stricken parishioner Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) on the merits of losing his virginity. Mark is paralyzed from the neck down and spends the majority of his day in an iron lung, but he can — and does — get erections. In the movie, he makes the bold decision to stop dreaming about it and he hires a sexual surrogate who teaches him about intimacy.
Watch a Teaser for Season 3 of “Shameless”:
“Shameless” premieres Sunday, January 13 at 9 p.m. on Showtime. “The Sessions” will open in theaters on Friday, October 19.