Two-time Emmy winner William H. Macy has signed on for his first regular TV series gig, the Showtime remake of the Brit hit "Shameless." Macy will play the alcoholic patriarch of a working-class Chicago family who, after his wife abandons ship, leaves the parenting of his brood to his eldest daughter (Emmy Rossum).
The British version of "Shameless" won the BAFTA Award for best drama series for its first season in 2005 and contended in each of the next three years. The breakout stars of the British series were Anne-Marie Duffas the eldest daughter -- she picked up BAFTA nods in each of her two seasons on "Shameless" -- and James McEvoy, who played her ne'er-do-well boyfriend. Now a real-life couple, they have earned numerous kudos for their acting.
Creator Paul Abbott based the show on his own troubled upbringing in Manchester. Abbott, who also took home BAFTA Awards for his two previous series -- "Cracker" (1995) and "Clocking Off" (2002) -- won an Emmy in 2006 for the telefilm "The Girl in the Cafe." Writer/producer John Wells, a six-time Emmy champ for "ER" and "The West Wing," is shepherding the American adaptation of "Shameless."Allison Janney-- who won four Emmys for her work on "The West Wing" -- will feature in a recurring role.
Macy is taking on the role in "Shameless" that won David Threfall the Royal Television Society's best actor award in 2006. Threfall was a 1983 Emmy nominee for his supporting role in "The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickelby" but lost to Richard Kileyfor "The Thorn Birds." Macy won his Emmy Awards for writing and starring in the 2003 telefilm "Door to Door." He earned his first Emmy nod for his recurring role on "ER" in 1997 and has since contended for an additional five acting Emmys as well as for producing the telefilm "The Wool Cap" in 2005.