TV Bites: Emmy Rossum To Lead the Shameless
· Showtime is opening its arms to another dysfunctional family with Shameless, John Wells' pilot based on the long-running British series. Emmy Rossum has been tapped to play 18-year-old Fiona, a working-class Chicago daughter forced to raise her five younger brothers and sisters when her mother goes AWOL and her alcoholic father (William H. Macy) heads down a path of destruction. Tripling its chances for an Emmy, the series has cast Allison Janney as a love interest for Macy. [THR]
The Beautiful Life has found a savior, CBS wants to take on overeating, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· For the less than a million U.S. viewers and handful of Brazilian fans concerned that they would never see those last three episodes of Ashton Kutcher's The Beautiful Life: TBL, relax. Starting Dec. 2, YouTube will air the two episodes seen on the CW, as well as the three episodes of the canceled CW drama that never ran. [THR]
· American Idol creator Simon Fuller will exploit more aspiring artists with a new passion project. Starting in 2010, Fuller's If I Can Dream will follow five young people trying to make it in Hollywood (three actors, one model, one musician) with the help of their online audience support. The project will launch across multiple platforms including mobile handsets and radio, while edited episodes will be available on Hulu.com. [AP]
· To celebrate Chuck's third season premiere, NBC sister network Syfy will catch fans up with eight hours worth of season two episodes on Thursday, Jan. 7. [THR]
· Chuck Lorre, the mastermind between CBS hits Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, has just received another pilot order from the network. This time it's for Mike and Molly, a multicamera comedy written by Men executive producer Mark Roberts. The ensemble will center on "a couple who struggle with overeating and meet at Overeaters Anonymous." Kind of like that Sex and the City episode in which Miranda starts dating someone she meets at Weight Watchers. Hmm. [THR]
· Another reason to hang in there: The Jon and Kate Gosselin divorce will be finalized in 2010. [AP]