Emmy Rossum’s intended return for the series’ conclusion Shameless was ruined by the pandemic … after the actress left her lead role in the series in 2018
She was the main act of this series for nine seasons, along with Oscar nominee William H. Macy.
And despite her shocking 2018 departure, the showrunners behind the Showtime series Shameless had always planned to bring back star Emmy Rossum before the show ended – a plan that was sadly foiled by the start of the coronavirus pandemic last. year.
In a post-mortem of the Sunday night series finale, published by The Hollywood ReporterShameless co-creator John Wells explained how the long-awaited reunion between Emmy’s character Fiona and the rest of the Gallagher family became impossible due to travel schedules and planning complicated by COVID-19.
Despite her 2018 departure: Emmy Rossum had always planned to return for the end of Shameless – a plan foiled by the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year
“We tried to get hold of Emmy – and Emmy wanted to come back,” Wells told the outlet.
‘We wanted her to come back and had some storylines about her return and she wanted to do it.’
But as with most plans last year, things didn’t turn out as intended.
In a post-mortem to the Sunday night finale of the series: Shameless co-creator John Wells explained how the highly anticipated reunion between Emmy’s character Fiona and the rest of the Gallagher family became impossible due to complications from COVID-19
“We tried to get to Emmy — and Emmy wanted to come back,” Wells said; seen in 2018
‘Based on what was going on with the pandemic, when we were planning it … the quarantines went back into operation between New York [where Emmy lives] and Los Angeles [where Shameless was being shot] and it was impossible to figure out how to get her back. ‘
Wells added that Emmy’s absence was “a very small but sad consequence of everything that happened during the pandemic.”
Although the publicly loved show went on for two more seasons, ending on Sunday nights at the end of the 11th season, Emmy left the series in 2018 at the end of the show’s ninth season.
Shamelessly followed the exploits of the Gallagher family in Chicago, Illinois, whose patriarch is a bumbling and inept alcoholic named Frank (played by Macy).
Starring Father and Daughter: Emmy was the headliner of the beloved series for nine seasons, alongside Oscar nominee William H. Macy
Rossum’s Fiona was Frank’s eldest daughter and most capable child, who became the de facto parent figure to her messy siblings before the actress retired from the show.
Wells had several ideas for the series finale, not the least of which was that Frank finally came face to face with the cost of all his irresponsible ways.
“The idea was that Frank’s dementia was discovered, there’s a phone call and [Fiona] will come back to help everyone find out and that she would come back and be involved in what to do with the house and all in the end, ”John said.
The trip was such a mess that we never got to the point where I actually wrote it. We put it on the writing board and then removed it a few times. ‘
Fleeting Family: Rossum’s Fiona was incapable alcoholic Frank’s eldest daughter and most capable child, who became the de facto parent figure for her siblings before the actress retired from the show
But nonetheless, Wells shared where he thought Fiona had ended up at the end of the show.
“I think she’s in Florida. We joked in the room that she ended up getting a job at Disney World, probably at Epcot Center, because she was never going to get a job on the better side.
‘We had a lot of jokes for her, but we never really nailed it,’ he added. But she would have a life and pursue her own. This is how people go on with their lives. ‘
“ The trip was such a mess we never got to the point where I actually wrote it, ” Wells said of Fiona’s future reunion with her TV family