February 28, 2011 at 08:09 PM EST

Image Credit: Showtime (2)Showtime announced today that it has picked up Shameless, the gritty family drama starring William H. Macy, for a 12-episode second season; the meta-comedy Episodes (starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc) also received a second season order for an undetermined number of episodes. Shameless is averaging 4 million viewers a week (across the various Showtime platforms); Episodes is landing around 2 million per week. Both shows will begin production on their second seasons later this year.

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