Showtime's 'Shameless' Renewed for Seventh Season

The series recently kicked off its sixth season with its most-watched premiere.
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Showtime is staying the course with Shameless.

The premium cable network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that it has renewed the dramedy for a seventh season. 

The news comes days after Shameless returned for its sixth season with what Showtime president and CEO said was its most-watched series premiere ever. 

The show will return for another 12-episode season in 2017; production will begin later this year.

Shameless has clearly resonated with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights over the past six years," Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by [executive producers] John Wells, Nancy Pimental and the entire cast, producers and writers — and we so appreciate Shameless’ clear and distinctive voice.”

The series, produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Wells is under an overall deal, has become a critical darling, with star William H. Macy becoming an awards-show staple. 

Shameless is part of a roster of programming that also includes Roadies, due in the summer, and staples Homeland, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex, The Affair, Episodes, House of Lies and more.