Casting News Delivers Major Spoiler (Kind Of) to Showtime's "Shameless"
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Casting News Delivers Major Spoiler (Kind Of) to Showtime's "Shameless"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 5, 2013 | Comments ()


If you're not caught up on Showtime's "Shameless," or if you don't want to know anything about the next season, you should leave this post immediately, as this casting news provides both clarity on season three and muddies the water a little on season four.

Regular viewers of Showtime's "Shameless" will recall that, at the end of last season, Jimmy's (Justin Chatwin) fate was seemingly in question. He had taken a trip on a boat, where the father of the woman he married for green card purposes was presumably going to kill him and throw him overboard. There was never any resolution to that, and I guess I thought that Jimmy would probably survive the ordeal and make his way back to Fiona.

Maybe not.

At a TV Academy Emmy panel for the series last night, producer John Wells announced that Jimmy would not be returning to the series, which would seem to suggest that Jimmy is, in fact, dead, which gives me the sads. I liked Jimmy. He was a f*ck-up but I liked him, and he deserved a better send off than the ambiguous one he received (though, fans of the British series will recall that the Jimmy character in that series, played by James McAvoy, left, but then returned to run away with Fiona. However, I very much doubt that the Showtime series would go on without Emmy Rossum).

However, a Showtime rep quickly "clarified" the statement, and said that Justin Chatwin would not be returning as a series regular, but the actor could return for an episode or two next season. Was that Showtime simply covering its ass? Or maybe he will return to provide some resolution? Or maybe we'll only see him as a corpse, in a flashback, or in a dream sequence. It would otherwise seem weird to bring him back for one or two episodes only to kill him off again.

However it works out, I understand it because Jimmy had essentially exhausted his usefulness to the show, but nevertheless, I'm still bummed because I liked that guy. And Chatwin.

(Source: THR)

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  • kirbyjay

    Maybe it's a red herring or a McMuffin?

  • AngelenoEwok

    Oh, I know Justin Chatwin's real life nemesis. I can't wait to share this news.

  • sean

    I will miss him. His total fuckupness(yes, I know it isn't a real word)made the Gallaghers look good in comparison sometimes. But his heart was in the right place. I do feel single, damaged Fiona might make it a better show, however.

  • e jerry powell

    It'll certainly make for a different focus from the original, anyway.

  • RenoGruber

    I never liked Jimmy, single Fiona is a welcomed change. Justin Chatwin got better as it went along, but he won't be missed in this household.

  • e jerry powell

    The whole sexual-harassy male privilege Eliza-Doolittle-townie-slumming thing about him annoyed the hell out of me.

  • RenoGruber

    That's much better put than I could have managed. Yes, ejp, that. Plus the disparity of acting chops between him and Emmy Rossum was painfully obvious.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, most definitely. But I considered that disparity to be almost inconsequential, given the inherent problems with the character.

    The dichotomy between shunning his family's privilege while at the same time not taking no for an answer from Fiona (no matter how much she may have ached for him --TO HERSELF -- otherwise) was just too jarring (in both versions, I know) for the character to be redeemable in my eyes by any means. After a certain point, then, the only reason Steve/Jimmy continued to exist was to give Anne-Marie Duff a plausible exit point.

    Still, he does have the lovely booty. Maybe Fiona can just hang a picture of it over her bed.

  • Tom

    will they need to change to opening credits to remove his ass?

  • pajiba

    That would be a shame, wouldn't it?

  • Tom

    they would be less fun without it

  • e jerry powell

    Ass being what it is and such...

  • I think the strain of credibility involved in Jimmy surviving his kidnapping would hurt the show far more than any ambiguity surrounding his fate when he got onto the boat. I kind of figured that was the last we'd see of him and thought it was sort of gutsy not to go for a money shot death scene. Plus, Fiona just not knowing where he is or why he left is just so sad.

  • Candee

    Yeah, I would agree. If they do bring him back, I'm guessing it'll be some weird flash back type deal though. I was pretty convinced that he was dead. Didn't his handler guy give Fiona a bunch of money and take off? When that happened, I assumed dead.

  • pajiba

    I guess I just didn't want to believe it, and put my blinders up to that possibility. It just didn't ... sit well.

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