Shameless on Showtime has been renewed for a season 5 as season 4 is set to wrap up.
The bad news is that the premiere won’t be until sometime in 2015.
The season will consist of 12 episodes.
Shameless has just been getting more popular as it goes along, with episode 11 of season 4 being the most watched episode in the series’ history.
Episode 11 hit 2.8 million viewers for the night.
The season had been averaging 5.7 weekly viewers as of April 1, according to Showtime.
Production for Shameless will start later this year in Los Angeles.
Emily Bergl (Sammi Gallagher) has been promoted to a series regular for season 5, reported Deadline. Few other cast updates appear available but most if not all of the primary cast is expected back.
The end of season 4 will see Fiona get out of jail and land a job at a diner, where she will be welcomed by guest star Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
It seems like a role that could turn recurring for the next season.
The season finale also has Sheila fighting for custody while Frank begins to feel like himself but gets angry that he’s not supposed to drink with his new liver.
Some rumors circulating on the Internet–entirely unconfirmed at this point–indicate that Lip may be unable to keep it together in season 5, while Deb is forced to grow up fast and Carl may become a teen father.