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What hit in 2011: "Shameless"
What's next: Season two of "Shameless"
Lowdown: After being wooed by a tone-deaf Gerard Butler in "Phantom of the Opera," outrunning wolves in Manhattan in "The Day After Tomorrow" and then going down in box office flames with the rest of the "Dragonball" cast, Emmy Rossum might not have seemed like the person most likely to steal Showtime's "Shameless" from Oscar nominees William H. Macy and Joan Cusack. It took exactly one episode to realize that Rossum was the true funny, sexy, searing star of of the dysfunctional black comedy, giving a performance that blended bruised strength and resilience with a raw emotionalism never hinted at in her earlier ingenue roles. And as showy as Rossum's work on "Shameless" often was, she was at her best sharing scenes with other potential Breakout candidates including Jeremy Allen White and Cameron Monaghan, anchoring an ensemble, rather than hogging the spotlight.
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