(from Showtime's press release, January 2016) Hot off its season six premiere this past Sunday, which delivered the series' biggest premiere performance ever across platforms, SHOWTIME has ordered a seventh season of SHAMELESS, it was announced today by Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. SHAMELESS, the network's highest-rated comedy series received a 12-episode order, with production on season seven starting later this year. Season six picks up shortly after last year's finale, leaving the Gallaghers to prepare for yet another long Chicago winter. This season will see more than just the arctic Lake Michigan winds whipping through the South Side. Change is hard and the Gallaghers are as surprised as anyone at how life is turning out for them. But the question remains, as they come into their own and find out who they are, is it really possible that the Gallaghers could grow apart for good? The series stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, along with Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, and Cameron Monaghan. Based on the long-running hit U.K. series, SHAMELESS is executive produced by Emmy Award winning television and film producer John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Nancy M. Pimental, Davey Holmes, and Krista Vernoff. Wells developed the series for American television. Paul Abbott serves as executive consultant. SHAMELESS is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.