Why is 'Shameless' Season 11 Episode 4 not airing this week? Here's when Showtime show returns from winter break

The upcoming episode is going to kick in a lot of nostalgia but the wait will be longer than usual, here's why there's no 'Shameless' this week


                            Why is 'Shameless' Season 11 Episode 4 not airing this week? Here's when Showtime show returns from winter break
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Frank Gallagher's (William H Macy) ardent fight against the rest of Southside getting gentrified will be long and dreary, but he has a new problem right in his backyard or adjacent to his house, if you will. The Milkoviches are moving into the house right next to the Gallaghers and the war is sure to rage between the two families, especially now with not just one Gallavich couple, but two of them soaring on the show. But before we can witness all that's about to go down in the upcoming Episode 4 of Shameless' Season 11, there's a long wait ahead of us. That's right, 'Shameless' is not airing on Showtime this week, or the one to follow after this. Worry not, we've got you covered on why it's no airing and when to expect the next episode.

For those unaware, the Showtime dramedy went on its designated winter break after the latest Episode 3 that aired on December 20. The upcoming Episode 4 of Season 11, titled 'NIMBY', will return in January 2021, specifically on Sunday, January 10, at its usual 9 pm air time only on Showtime. The reason behind this long break is of course the designated time off television shows take every holiday season because they know nobody is going to spend an extra minute glued to the screen, especially after the year that has been 2020.

The break could also be for the series to complete filming, considering they were only able to resume production very recently given the lockdown restrictions due to the pandemic. Break aside, fans should feel lucky that the show is going off-air for only two weeks and not for a whole month like some other television network shows. And even if that fails to thrill you, there is always the epic war between the two families to watch out for.

According to the synopsis given by Showtime, 'NIMBY' will see "The Milkoviches move in next door and wreak havoc, leading Frank, Kev and Liam to scheme to get rid of them; Mickey embarks on a security gig for Kev and V and drags Ian along; Gemma and Franny compete in the Little Miss South Side beauty pageant." The timing of this family rivalry seems rather unfortunate, doesn't it? Given that Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey I(Noel Fisher) are clinging on to a rope desperately when it comes to their marriage, this war between their families could have some pretty ultimate outcomes too. But then again, there's always Debbie (Emma Kenney) and Sandy's (Elise Eberle) relationship to look forward to.

The prospect of Mickey and Ian working or Kev (Steve Howey) and Veronica's (Shanolla Hampton) security detail brings back memories of Season 5 when a desperate Kev sought Mickey's help to have a gun after the Southside kids robbed him. A little kick of nostalgia in the final season is just what we needed, asking of which the cold tension between Debbie and Veronica is also reminiscent of the V and Fiona tug of war from Season 6 when they were so developed in their own families they simply escaped the fact that the Gallaghers just can't live without their Balls.

'Shameless' Season 11 airs on Sundays at 9 pm only on Showtime.

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