Now that Emmy Rossum's contract dispute has been settled, Showtime has officially given Shameless the go-ahead for Season 8.

Shameless will begin production on Season 8 in May 2017 for a fall premiere. The season will have 12 episodes.

The renewal comes a day after Shameless aired its Season 7 finale, which had a post-credits scene imploring viewers to "come back next year." Shameless is Showtime's longest-running original scripted series, and it pulled off the rare feat of increasing its ratings in its seventh season, which was the series' highest-rated to date.

The renewal was slightly delayed by second-billed star Rossum's contract negotiations. She was seeking equal pay as her co-star William H. Macy. She and Warner Bros., the studio that produces the show, agreed to a new contract last week. Terms have not been disclosed, but Rossum tweeted her excitement to be returning for an eighth season last week.


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