Vanessa Bell Calloway: Cable Has “Opened Doors” For Actors

Veteran actress Vanessa Bell Calloway believes cable has become the platform that has helped actors survive!

Calloway, who has appeared on cable series like “Dexter,” “HawthoRNe and “Let’s Stay Together” in recent years, is returning for a third season on Showtime’s dramedy “Shameless.”

“I’m so glad that the domination of only three networks has been a thing of the past for many years now because cable programming has opened so many doors for actors,” expressed Calloway. “If I had to depend on making a living just off of the three major networks, I would be very challenged financially! It’s nice to have other options.”

The 55-year-old actress, who is currently featured in the film “The Obama Effect,” said that cable’s lighter shooting schedule is also an asset to actors.

Vanessa Bell Calloway

“Now that a lot of cable shows are doing half seasons—10 to 12 shows—it gives us the opportunity to work on other projects throughout the year as well,” Calloway explained.

Calloway’s Showtime series “Shameless” is a remake of the award-winning British series of the same name. The show follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), a single father of six children who spends his days getting drunk while his kids learn to take care of themselves.

The show, which also stars Joan Cusack, Emmy Rossum and Shanola Hampton, is currently shooting its third season and is slated to return in January.

“I am so excited to be returning to Showtime’s third season of ‘Shameless.’ Although my character Carole, mother of Veronica (Shanola Hampton) was introduced in the first season, this is the season that my character gets a storyline that is intertwined with her daughter. I can’t reveal what will happen,” shared Calloway, before adding: “but all I can say is, buckle up cause it’s going to be funny as hell and down right ‘Shameless!'”

The eight-time NAACP Image Award nominee also appears in two forthcoming films — “The Undershepherd” (won Best Picture at the 2012 American Black Film Festival) and “The Last Fall” (won HBO Best Feature Film Award at the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival).

Vanessa Bell Calloway in a scene from “Shameless”


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