Fans of the UK’s Shameless better look away now.
These are shots from a scene being filmed for the second season of US cable network Showtime’s interpretation of the show, and it unrecognisable from the original.
Emmy Rossum, 25 , can be seen playing around in a black bikini clutching a champagne flute with co-stars Amy Smart, 35 , Justin Chatwith, 28 , and Shanola Hampton, 34.
It looks more like a scene from CW’s drama of teen angst and privilege, Gossip Girl, than the adventures on the Chatsworth Estate, filmed in Wythenshawe, Manchester.
When it emerged that the beloved British series Shameless was to be translated for our American cousins, there was a collective intake of breath from it’s fans.
With its lurid tales of petty crime, sexual deviance and a local pub that sells ecstasy over the counter, it would be tempting for Showtime bosses to depart from the original model.
Initially the show remained true to its model, but these pictures of some of the young cast filming a scene on a yacht suggest that the second season may veer into teen soap territory.
Rossom, who plays Frank Gallagher’s eldest daughter Fiona, is a case in point.
The New Yorker looked stunning in a black bikini, and though she takes on the role – no longer in the Channel 4 show – once filled by beautiful Anne Marie Duff, 40 , the differences are marked.
Rossum is the privately educated niece of designer Vera Wang, whereas Duff grew up on a tough West London estate.
Justin Chatwin, 28 , who plays Fiona’s flashy love interest Steve McBride, is less suited to live in the Gossip Girl world, hailing from middle class origins in British Columbia.
But still, we can’t remember James McAvoy, 32 , who played the role originally and went on to marry Duff and find film fame, wearing tight Speedoes.
Paul Abbott, creator of the original, said as the series was launched: ‘It’s not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It’s got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It’s not blue collar; it’s no collar.’
When John Wells, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park.
He explained: ‘We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren’t ‘the other’ — they’re people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over.’
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