Joan Cusack joins Showtime drama "Shameless"

Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:06pm EDT
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By Georg Szalai

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Joan Cusack is replacing Allison Janney in the new Showtime one-hour drama series "Shameless."

Cusack will play "an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter" who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy's character. Janney played the role in the pilot.

Based on the long-running British series, "Shameless" revolves around a working-class Chicago clan dealing with the recession. The mother is AWOL, and the alcoholic patriarch (Macy) usually ends up passed out on the living-room floor, so their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter, Fiona (Emmy Rossum), is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.

Production on the first season begins in mid-September with the premiere set for Sunday, January 9.