Shameless: Showtime Boss Addresses Emmy Rossum's Absence In Series Finale

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When Shameless concluded its 11-season run earlier this year, it was without the show's female lead, Emmy Rossum.

Rossum had exited at the end of Shameless Season 9, forever changing the dynamic of the series, but there was a hope fans would check back in with Fiona during the series finale.

“In terms of Emmy, there were no clear understandings but there was always hope that she’d come back. But reality intruded,” Gary Levine explained via Deadline.

Goodbye, Fiona - Shameless Season 9 Episode 14

“She had a deal at Universal and she got a limited series greenlit that she was producing and starring in. We just couldn’t make the schedule work at the end of the day. John Wells tried and nobody’s better at that than John Wells.”

He added, “Emmy was wonderful when she was in it but I think the show thrived afterwards as well. It was a great 11 seasons and I miss it too.”

Rossum is currently attached to star in and executive produce Angelyne, a new series centered on the model, which has been in the works at Peacock for some time.

Wells previously opened up to Entertainment Weekly about not having Emmy back.

Turn Up the Beat - Shameless Season 9 Episode 12

"Emmy and I had a lot of conversations about it, trying to make it work. She's been in New York with [husband] Sam [Esmail], where they live, and right about the time where we were talking about putting it all together was when the additional lockdowns kind of hit again, and it just didn't feel safe or practical for her to come back," Wells explained, adding:

"So I think it's with a great deal of regret that we couldn't do it but it's just more minor casualty of our year of COVID."

Production was reportedly impacted due to COVID-19, which could also hint at why Rossum stayed away from the final episodes of Shameless.

It would have probably been tough to bring the character back because of COVID-19 protocols on Shameless, which forced Showtime to air a retrospective special some weeks because the episodes of the final season were not ready to air.

Fiona Attends a Meeting  - Shameless Season 9 Episode 13

In the end, the Shameless series finale concluded with a lack of closure for any of the characters. Everything was purposefully left open-ended as Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

The ending left many with the sense that the series could return in some capacity down the line, perhaps with a spinoff or a movie.

Showtime has brought many shows back several years after their series finales, but only time will tell.

What are your thoughts on the lack of Emmy Rossum?

A $100k Decision - Shameless Season 9 Episode 14

Do you think the actress should have been a part of the final episodes?

Hit the comments below.

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I'm not gonna ask your forgiveness because you bunch didn't do s--- for me, so let's just call it a draw. I know some of ya think ya hate my guts, and truth be told I never liked any of you much either. But we're all Gallaghers. My only advice is to stop worrying so damn much. You're supposed to ask people on their death bed if they wish they'd worked more or spent more time with their family. [Laughs] Me, hell, I wish I'd partied more. Nobody ever said our neighborhood was the Garden of Eden but it's been a good home to us, to me, and you kids. I'm proud of all of you, because every single one of you reminds me a little bit of me, Lip, you're smart as a whip, you just can't seem to get out of your own way. You'll figure it out. Ian, industrious, incredible work ethic, not a clue where you got that from — got the mental illness from your mother. The only way I can understand how you ended up marrying a Milkovich. Carl, I never could figure you out. Can't believe you betrayed the family and became a cop. I'm hoping you're already on the take. Debbie, you remind me of your mother, and not in a good way. Good luck in life, you're gonna need it. Liam, you're the apple of my eye, you handsome devil. Everybody says you look just like me. Oh, Kev, Veronica, you're overrated as friends, always sticking your noses in my family's business where they don't belong. You're moving, I say good riddance. And me, Frank Gallagher, father, teacher, mentor, captain of our little ship. People say you can't drink your troubles away, I say you're just not drinking enough. I guess that's it. Not much left to say really. Except, time's precious, don't f---ing waste it. Have a good time. I sure as hell did.


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