THE NEW HIT DRAMA SERIES FROM JOHN WELLS AND WARNER BROS. TELEVISION DEBUTS ON DVD, BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON
DECEMBER 27, 2011
FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
FIRST TV ON BLU-RAYTM TITLE TO FEATURE
ULTRAVIOLETTM DIGITAL COPY
DVD To Feature Over Two Hours of Bonus Material
Including a Sneak Preview of the Second Season
BURBANK, CA., (October 4, 2011) – The new critically acclaimed hit drama Shameless, from award-wining executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Southland) and Warner Bros. Television, which stars award-winning actor William H. Macy (Fargo, Door to Door) as the good-natured alcoholic father of an unconventional, working-class Chicago South Side family, is set for release on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 27, 2011 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. The release will be available in advance of the season two premiere of Shameless on Sunday, January 8 at 10/9c on Showtime. Shameless: The Complete First Season, will feature all 12 season one episodes and over two hours of never-before-seen bonus footage. The release will retail for $39.98 SRP for the standard DVD edition and $49.99 SRP for the Blu-ray™ combo pack. For the first time on a TV on Blu-RayTM release, the Blu-RayTM combo pack includes both the Blu-ray™ and an UltraVioletTM Digital Copy of the standard definition main feature, which allows consumers to download the film to a PC or Mac plus instantly stream it from a digital cloud to many computers, tablets or smartphones.
Meet Frank Gallagher (Macy), a proud, working-class, patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids who, in all honesty, would probably be better off without him. In Frank’s booze-addled view, parenting just eats into his hard-earned, bar-crawling and carousing time — so he leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum – The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort. Life has appointed her as the unofficial matriarch of the family and she’s fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs.
Phillip “Lip” Gallagher (Jeremy Allen White) the second oldest, is an extraordinarily intelligent high school student who helps to support the family by taking other students’ SAT’s in exchange for money. Fifteen-year-old Ian (Cameron Monaghan), who is full of secrets, also pitches in by working at a local grocery store. Sweet Debbie (Emma Kenney), one of the middle kids, has a good heart and collects money for charity all year long -- some of which, she winds up keeping for herself. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) the second youngest is an angel-faced troublemaker and budding arsonist who enjoys melting things in the microwave. Last but not least is the youngest Gallagher, Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson and Brennan Kane Johnson) an adorable toddler who’s just happy to be along for the ride.
The Gallaghers don’t apologize for who they are -- they are way too busy finding clever ways to pay for the electric bill, put food on the table and keep social services from splitting them up -- even if it means stealing from the milkman, the butcher or “borrowing” an elderly woman with dementia to pose as their dear old Aunt Ginger. They are irreverent, endearing, resilient, and they are absolutely, wildly and unapologetically shameless!
Based on the long-running, award-winning British series by the same name, Shameless, which aired in over 14 countries, was adapted for American television by John Wells and original UK series creator Paul Abbott (State of Play) and made its U.S. debut on Showtime January 9, 2011. The series’ premiere was the most watched debut of any Showtime drama in seven years. The show’s finale attracted 1.5 million viewers, the network’s largest viewership for a freshman show’s finale in a decade.
Shameless is executive produced by John Wells, Paul Abbott and Andrew Stearn (The West Wing, Southland, Third Watch). The series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
The series also stars Joan Cusack (Mars Needs Moms), Justin Chatwin (Taken, Weeds), Shanola Hampton (Miami Medical), Steve Howey (Reba) and Laura Wiggins.
DVD Bonus Material:
Ø Bringing Shameless to America – This behind-the-scenes documentary delves into the art of writing the audacious material featured in the series from the perspective of Executive Producer John Wells, Shameless Creator Paul Abbott and the production team.
Ø Shameless: Bringing the “Fun” in “Dysfunctional” – John Wells and Paul Abbott discuss the importance of getting the right actors for these highly unorthodox roles, while the cast relates their desires to step into these characters’ skins.
Ø A Shameless Discussion About Sex – A no-holds-barred discussion about the awkwardness, anxiety and all-out hilarious situations that come with filming frequent sex scenes on the set of the series.
Ø Shameless Season Two Sneak Peek.
Ø Commentary for Two Episodes Including the Series Pilot.
Ø Deleted Scenes.
“So many series and movies about offbeat families have been made but there is nothing quite like Shameless. This show is daring, unconventional, inventive and highly entertaining. We are excited to be featuring an UltraViolet™ Digital Copy on the Blu-ray™ release so fans can watch anytime, anywhere, on a number of different devices, including many computers, smartphones and tablets,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “Viewers will fall in love with the Gallaghers. They are misfits and their ways are outlandish but that’s what makes the show so much fun. It’s touching, heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. This is a must-have series for anyone who appreciates great television.”
“Shameless is the most fun I’ve ever had working on a show, and the audience reaction to it and our amazingly talented cast — led by Bill Macy and Emmy Rossum — has been extremely gratifying,” said John Wells. “This release gives fans an insider’s look at the show, with wonderful special features that reveal some of the most intimate details about how Shameless is made, from the writing to the casting. I’m honored that Warner Home Video has made Shameless the first TV on Blu-ray™ title to come with the game-changing UltraViolet™ Digital Copy.”
UltraVioletTM Digital Copy
Warner Bros. is taking Digital Copy to a whole new level. UltraViolet Digital Copy is a groundbreaking new way for consumers to collect and enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows at home and on-the-go, across a wide range of devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones. The Shameless: The Complete First Season UltraVioletTM Digital Copy includes a Standard Definition Digital Copy of the main feature. Restrictions apply. See packaging for details.
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