Well, this is a shame: Justin Chatwin‘s Shameless days are done.
The Showtime drama’s executive producer John Wells revealed the casting shocker Tuesday night at a TV Academy Emmy panel, announcing that the actor’s beloved alter ego Jimmy will not return for Season 4.
A rep for the series later expanded upon Wells’ initial remarks, telling The Hollywood Reporter that Chatwin “could return for one or two episodes” next season.
Chatwin’s Jimmy — who’s been part of Shameless since its pilot as Fiona’s love interest — was last seen seemingly marching to his watery grave at the behest of a thug employed by his secret wife’s drug lord father. (As reported by TV Guide Magazine, Wells confirmed during the panel that Jimmy did in fact die.)
Shameless’ Jimmy-less Season 4, meanwhile, is slated to bow in early 2014.
Record-breaking season premieres sealed the fates of Marty Kaan & Co., Hank Moody and the Gallaghers: Showtime has ordered new seasons of its House of Lies, Californication and Shameless.
The move means a seventh season for the David Duchovny-starring Californication, a fourth for the William H. Macy-led Shameless and a third for the Don Cheadle-Kristen Bell comedy House of Lies.
All three series are set to return in 2014.
In a statement, Showtime noted that the comedies have seen year-over-year gains in weekly viewers — making for an easy pick-up decision.