Fan-favorite ‘Shameless’ actor to star in new drama series

Actress Shanola Hampton has been cast as the lead in a new pilot called Found. Hampton is best known for portraying Veronica Fisher on Shameless, but this new production could change that. However, this will not be the first new project undertaken by Hampton since Shameless has ended.

Found is an hour-long drama written by Nkechi Okoro Carrol and produced by Berlanti Productions, centered around a missing persons case. Deadline announced the show on Wednesday with the news that Hampton was attached to play the lead role. Things are looking promising for this pilot right now with Carroll’s Rock My Soul Productions involved with Warner Bros. TV. However, this will be the second year in a row that Hampton has headlined a pilot on NBC, and the last one ended in disappointment.

Hampton was producer and star of dangerous moms — an up-and-coming pilot that NBC produced in June 2021. She was cast in the role in part because she signed a one-year talent-holding deal with NBC Television & Streaming and Universal Television. Although dangerous moms did not go beyond the pilot stage, it would have helped put Hampton in line for his role on Found.

It shows how fickle the TV industry can be, but fans of Shameless no doubt hope to see Hampton back in the spotlight. She was a star of the Showtime comedy-drama as the Gallagher family’s neighbor, “V” Fisher. She was also Fiona’s best friend over time, she took on a starring role in her own right.

Hampton also has a background in musical theater and several other acclaimed TV credits to his name, including Reba, Scrubs and Criminal minds. For some fans, she’s instantly familiar with the video game Left 4 Dead 2because she was the model for the face of the character Rochelle.

Found would be a decidedly social turn for Hampton. She will play Gabi Mosley, a public relations specialist who works on missing persons cases. Having disappeared during a crisis herself, Mosley is especially committed to ensuring that people of color are found and not forgotten in the reshuffle. As the series built, other aspects of Mosley’s personal history would be revealed.

The show is said to center on Mosley’s team of crisis management experts, but so far no other cast members have been revealed. Executive producers for the series would include Greg Berlanti, Sara Schechter, David Madden, Carroll Dunn and Lindsay Dunn. The pilot will need to get a series order before fans have a chance to see it for themselves.