‘Shameless’ Showrunner Doesn’t Rule Out Spin-Offs, But Fans Shouldn’t Hold Their Breath

by Joe Rutland

Fans of “Shameless” might want spin-offs from the 11-season comedy-drama. Its showrunner isn’t saying no, but don’t expect it.

John Wells, who was the showrunner for the Showtime show “Shameless,” talked about this possibility in an interview with Deadline.

“I would love to be able to do more of something,” Wells said. “We wanted to do more years of this. But now that we’ve finished it up and I saw all of the sets in the trash at Warner, I think we’re really done.”

Asked if he is 100 percent sure about the end of it all, he said, “Well, never say never in the world that we live in now.”

“Shameless” starred William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher. Other actors in the cast included Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, and Ricarlo Flanagan. Sadly, Flanagan recently died at 40 after battling severe health issues.

First, the show provides insights into the dysfunctional family of Frank, a single father of six who is highly neglectful. Second, Frank is missing a lot as he drinks and chases adventures. Third, this leaves his kids on “Shameless” to take care of themselves.

Friends of ‘Shameless’ Star Flanagan Honor Him After His Death

People often say others can be judged by the company they keep. Ironically, if that is the case, then “Shameless” star Ricarlo Flanagan did a whale of a job.

As we said, Outsiders, Flanagan died at 40 years old. In addition, he was battling COVID-19 but there is no concrete word as to whether that had a role in his death.

His friends, though, offered kind words after hearing the news. These individuals knew the “Shameless” star from the world of comedy.

“The world lost an EXTREMELY GOOD DUDE,” comedian Jay Washington wrote on Twitter. “A comedian, actor, rapper and successful at all. Many of us lost a GREAT FRIEND. If you can please help or even spread the word. Help get Ricarlo Flanagan home.”

Subsequently, his friends are asking people to contribute to a Go Fund Me account. The cash goal is met and they want to get him home to Cleveland. Its goal was $10,000 and the Go Fund Me account had totaled more than $18,000 in contributions.

Comedian Matt Rife, a friend of his for 10 years, just was devastated, too. “My heart is broken. I’ve known @FatherFlanagn for 10 years, from Ohio, he moved to LA after i did and was well on his way. One of the kindest people I’ve ever met and incredibly talented. I wish i could call you. I’m asking y’all PLEASE help his family.”

In conclusion, “Shameless” may not be on Showtime anymore but fans haven’t forgotten Flanagan and the cast.