‘Shameless’ without Fiona? No thank you, please.

Looks like Emmy Rossum is leaving Shameless. She wrote this letter on Facebook yesterday:

So, the question is, should Shameless continue without Fiona? It sounds like that’s the plan, but I don’t know that I can get on board with that. Fiona is the heart of the Gallagher family, the center of their universe around which all the other characters revolve, and as such, she is the foundation of the show. Fiona’s sacrifice of her own life and ambitions to take care of her siblings has always served as the primary tension and tragedy of the series. And as such, I never understood the treatment of William H. Macy as the star of the series. He’s great — don’t get me wrong — but Frank is in and out of the series the same way he is in and out of his children’s lives. Without Fiona, there is no one holding the Gallagher family together, because Frank sure as hell isn’t going to do it.

Which brings me to my second question about all of this: is she leaving because of the pay disparity fight? She won that battle, but did she lose the war? It’s a troubling question, especially when we have another Showtime leading lady, Ruth Wilson from The Affair, making cryptic remarks about her own departure from her series. What is going on over at Showtime, guys?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, for one, is quite pleased with the ending of Game of Thrones: “I wrote the writers when I finished reading and just said, ‘I don’t think you could’ve done a better job at finishing this story.’ To me, it was very satisfying but also very surprising and all the things that I was hoping for. It still made sense. It wasn’t like one of those where the killer is suddenly revealed in the last act and you go, ‘Oh! I didn’t see that coming.’ Here, they’ve done a really, really good job.”

He also assures us that Gendry is a very fast runner. “But yes, Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, is a very, very fit young man, so I’m sure he can run that fast.”

This list of TV’s unintentional villains is the most accurate and satisfying thing you’ll read today.

OK, Sharp Objects getting the Full House theme song treatment is pretty amazing. They must have used literally every instance of someone smiling in the entire series:

No, Peter Dinklage is not whitewashing Hervé Villechaize, but also can we all agree to be happy that Villechaize isn’t being played by Gary Oldman walking around on his knees? (Which is a real thing that really happened.)

If you’re an Adventure Time fan, it’s time to say goodbye.

Gordon Ramsay is insisting that his Anthony Bourdain rip-off show isn’t an Anthony Bourdain rip-off show. Sure thing, Gordy.

Today’s American Horror Story peek:

Time’s Up

Rich McHugh, Ronan Farrow’s former producer, says that NBC deliberately killed Farrow’s Weinstein story. “Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to L.A. to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman,” Mr. McHugh said. “And to stand down on the story altogether.”

NBC says that the story wasn’t ready to be broadcast and disputes McHugh’s version of events, calling it an “outright lie.” In any event, this story coming out right now is not great news for Andy Lack.

Oh, hey, Gérard Depardieu has been accused of rape in the least surprising piece of news of the day.

Big Brother houseguest, JC Mounduix, has sexually assaulted ANOTHER cast member and CBS is just going to leave this monster in there? This garbage show needs to be shut down.

Amazon shelved Woody Allen’s film, possibly forever.

There are a lot of think pieces out there right now about Louis CK, but if you’re going to read one, TV critic Mo Ryan’s dragonfire piece should be it.

The number of women and minorities directing television is going up but actors, writers, producers and other non-career track directors are still being gifted directing opportunities, pushing out qualified women and minorities.

In Development

  • Dhaka starring Chris Hemsworth is coming to Netflix.
  • It’s a Man’s World has been ordered by YouTube. It’s a comedy that is supposed to be about sexism in the gaming industry, so I’m sure everyone will be really cool about it.
  • Celebration has been ordered by BBC. It is meant to be a replacement for The Great British Bake Off.
  • E is for Edie has been ordered by Charter.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Titans will debut on DC Universe on October 12. The streaming service will become live on September 15.
  • My Brilliant Friend will air on HBO in November.
  • This Is Us returns on NBC on September 25.
  • The Good Doctor will return on ABC on September 24.
  • The Price of Everything will air on HBO on November 19.
  • Watergate — a six-hour, three-part miniseries — will air on History on November 2 (excellent timing), and be released in theaters on October 12.
  • Tracey Ullman’s Show will return on HBO on September 28.
  • I Feel Bad will have a sneak preview on NBC on September 19.
  • God Friended Me will be available on all sorts of digital platforms starting today.

R.I.P.

Marie Severin, Co-Creator of Spider-Woman and a pioneer within Marvel

Vanessa Marquez, Actress best known for E.R. She was shot and killed by the Los Angeles police

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Ozark: Jason Bateman and Laura Linney tangle with more rednecks. Season two. Netflix

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Jim from The Office is now a badass. Series premiere. Amazon Prime

The Comedy Lineup: More comedians get their fifteen minutes. Season premiere. Netflix

SATURDAY

John McCain’s Funeral: Here is a list of how all the different networks will be covering the senator’s funeral.

Ferdinand: A sweet bull plots his escape from the bullfighting ring in a movie that I will never be able to watch because the one bullfight I ever saw left me emotionally scarred. 7 p.m., HBO

Up: Instead, I’ll just watch this perfect film instead. 7 p.m., Disney Channel

Sisters: A woman discovers that her dad fathered over 100 other people, only two of which are women.  Netflix

SUNDAY

Fear the Walking Dead: Morgan looks for his friends who were lost in the storm. 8 p.m., AMC

Married to Medicine: Mariah claims to have receipts on someone named “Daddy” in the season premiere.  7 p.m., Bravo

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