William H. Macy spent 11 years of his life wearing the shoes of an alcoholic father of six on Chicago’s South Side on “Shameless.” As Frank Gallagher, Macy was awarded with three Screen Actors Guild trophies (2015, ’17, ’18) and earned five consecutive Emmy bids as Best Comedy Actor (2014-18). Now that the Showtime series has wrapped up for good — its finale, “Father Frank, Full of Grace,” aired on April 11 — might Macy receive a goodbye hug from Emmy voters in the form of a nomination?
According to Gold Derby predictions, five of our Experts from major media outlets say the answer is yes: Shawn Edwards (WDAF-TV Fox), Clayton Davis (Variety), Ed Martin (Media Village), Jazz Tangcay (Variety) and Lynette Rice (Ent. Weekly). Edwards actually has Macy in second place to win the Emmy behind only Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”), who recently claimed victory at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and SAG Awards.
That support puts Macy in the Top 9 to win the Best Comedy Actor Emmy, per our combined odds, with the others being Sudeikis, Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), Kenan Thompson (“Kenan”), Ted Danson (“Mr. Mayor”), Ralph Macchio (“Cobra Kai”), William Zabka (“Cobra Kai”) and Rob McElhenney (“Mythic Quest”).
In the final season of “Shameless,” Frank finds himself becoming more and more disoriented. Eventually he’s taken to the hospital, where the doctors diagnose him with early-stage alcoholic dementia. As the Gallagher kids deal with their own personal problems, Frank’s condition worsens with only Liam (Christian Isaiah) seeming to care about Frank’s health. In the series finale, written by John Wells and directed by Christopher Chulack, Frank contracts Covid-19 and succumbs to his illness. His ghost then visits the Alibi Room bar where his entire family has gathered to celebrate Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey’s (Noel Fisher) one-year wedding anniversary.
Emmy voters tend to have a soft spot for TV shows that sail off into the sunset. In recent years we’ve seen them hand out acting trophies to all kinds of departing series, including “Schitt’s Creek” (2020), “Fleabag” (2019), “Game of Thrones” (2019), “The Americans” (2018), “Mad Men” (2015), “Breaking Bad” (2014) and “Friday Night Lights” (2011). Might “Shameless” be next?
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