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‘Shameless’ Showrunner John Wells Says They Rewrote The Season 11 To Reflect COVID-19 Impact On The Working Class

According to Hollywood Reporter, the final season for the comedy-drama television series, ‘Shameless‘ was rewritten days before shooting.

The series’ showrunner John Wells, told the news outlet in a recent interview that the team of writers gathered over Zoom to change the story-line in the already written script to show people that the coronavirus pandemic how affects the community like the series takes place in. He added that he has not written the final episode for ‘Shameless’ yet because of this adjusting phase. He said:

“We rewrote all of the first six or seven episodes, all of which were already written. We try and make it as specific to the time when we’re shooting it, even though we know we are going to be a couple of months off.”

Stating that the entire crew trying to deal with issues such as health and economy amid coronavirus pandemic “in a satirical way” according to Wells they are also “taking an honest, dry-eyed look at what has actually happened to” the working class. He added:

“We didn’t end up completely scrapping any storylines, but we did adjust them to what’s going on. The biggest one that really changed was Kevin (Steve Howey) and Veronica (Shanola Hampton) and the financial plight of small business people, like bar owners, through the pandemic.”

Wells also teased that ‘Tami,’ portrayed by Kate Minner and ‘Lip,’ played by Jeremy Allen White, will lose a lot of work in the final season because of the pandemic. As for ‘Ian,’ played by Cameron Monaghan, and ‘Mickey,’ portrayed by Noel Fisher, is going to try to find a job to deal with the economical crisis.

“Does it force you back into criminality if you’re trying to stay away from it?”

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