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DFWSteve

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but often wasted as well in this seasons lopsided plots. Its a shame of what 'could have been' verses what 'was' and developed poorly. Like the short lived 'John in Cincinnati' on HBO and other network shows I tuned out of the hope for Shameless was a long run of solid characters similar to The Sopranos verses a limbo contest of 'how low can each episode go.' V and Kevin's storyline this season was too far as well. The whole gay theme of Frank was something I channel surfed for something else until the story came back to the G family. Now into season 4 of Frank's challenge to 'sober up or die' - there's just so little emotional payoff. Just like Boardwalk Empire the writers and creatives got lost in their success.

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Its true, the writing and story lines this season lacked the creativity and 'worth watching' continuing story lines that the First season created so well. The Mandy/Karen 'accident' went too far and too many 'medical' plots have left me cold. Only humorous thing was Karen awakened by Jody from the Coma but a whole episode to wait for that cheap punch line was a waste. Mandy was always a 'temp' and Karen a Lip Hope. The scene on the roof between Karen and Lip was exceptional storytelling and television a season back. The Jimmy/Fiona story could have been developed (and sadly wasn't). For Shameless to work season after season with viewers (retention of an audience) there has to be a balance between the Shameless aspects and the 'hope or dream' of the family to break that cycle. When ALL became shameless it lost its luster for me as a viewer. The Miami Vice aspect of the drug lord/cartel undercurrent for Jimmy lost me as well. His daughter, however, was a nice addition but often wasted as well in this seasons lopsided plots. Its a shame of what 'could have been' verses what 'was' and developed poorly.