Although only a portion of SHAMELESS shoots in Chicago, it's enough that we can definitely celebrate when we hear Showtime has renewed the show for a seventh season.

The good news comes on the heels of the record-setting Season 6 premiere, which earned a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.44 million viewers, its best same-day premiere ratings ever.

SHAMELESS is slated for another 12-episode season in 2017; production will begin later this year. “Shameless has clearly resonated with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights over the past six years," Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by [executive producers] John Wells, Nancy Pimental and the entire cast, producers and writers — and we so appreciate Shameless’ clear and distinctive voice.”

With consistent viewership now keeping pace with show's consistent critical acclaim and award nominations over the years, it looks like Chicago's William H. Macy and the gang will be around for years to come. Did you miss the Season 6 premiere on Sunday? Click here to watch it today.

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at