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'Shameless' Adds 'Newsroom,' 'Southland' Alums for Season 4 (Exclusive)
Shameless has added two more recurring players.
The Newsroom alum Nick Gehlfuss and Southland vet Emily Bergl have joined the fourth season of the Showtime drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Gehlfuss will play Robbie, described as a sexy, dangerous and artistic man in his 30s who is the older brother of all-American Mike Pratt (Jake McDorman). Robbie has a chip on his shoulder toward his family, in particular Mike and his new relationship with Fiona (Emmy Rossum).
Meanwhile, Bergl will play Sammy, who is the spitting image of Frank (William H. Macy), except more downtrodden and attracted to the wrong men -- including Frank. Married and divorced twice, she has a 6-year-old child, but her spirit isn't completely broken.
Their castings come three weeks after The Walking Dead's James Allen McCune and See Dad Run's Danika Yarosh joined season four.
When Shameless returns for the new season, Justin Chatwin -- who had played Fiona's on-again, off-again love interest Steve Wilton/Jimmy Lishman -- no longer will be a series regular. The drama was up year-over-year in its third season.
Gehlfuss, repped by MJ Management, has guest-starred on shows like Rizzoli & Isles, Person of Interest and The Good Wife. Repped by Innovative Artists and Thruline, Bergl's TV credits include Desperate Housewives, Men in Trees, Royal Pains and The Good Wife.
Shameless returns Jan. 12, 2014, on Showtime.
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