'Shameless' Enlists Ever Carradine for Season 6 (Exclusive)

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Showtime's Shameless is expanding its world.

The dark dramedy from showrunner John Wells has enlisted Ever Carradine for its upcoming sixth season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Carradine (24, Major Crimes) will play Erica and appear in a four-episode arc. Erica is described as an exhausted, nice, suburban mother in her late 30s with terminal cancer. Later, we learn that she has a secret wild past.   

It's unclear which of the Gallaghers the character will encounter, though Frank (William H. Macy) last season had a relationship with Bianca (Bojana Novakovic), a fatally ill doctor that brought out the best in him.

"It's hard to say yet if he'll use it as an example to others on how he's opened up, or if he's actually at a point where he can change any of his behaviors," Wells told THR after the season five finale of Frank's journey. "Often it's easier to fall in love with — or be swept up in melodrama — with someone who's leaving because there's no long-term commitment. Bianca was fatally ill, but then he found himself attached, and he had to come to terms with it, and that's what we felt was fascinating. But we also want to make sure his shift isn't something that just disappears from the landscape when we come back."

Carradine's credits include Once and Again, Lucky and Commander in Chief. She's repped by Gersh, Management 360 and Sloane Offer.

Shameless returns Sunday, Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.