The future of Shameless is a little uncertain at the moment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations for an eighth season of the Showtime TV series are at a standstill because star Emmy Rossum is demanding more pay.
Rossum plays lead Fiona Gallagher on the comedy-drama, which follows the ups and downs of a family living in Chicago’s gritty Southside neighborhood. The cast also includes William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Shanola Hampton, and Steve Howey.
According to THR, Rossum is asking for at least a salary equal to that of co-lead William H. Macy if the show is renewed for an eighth season. Macy has reportedly already negotiated a major salary raise for season eight despite the fact his character, Frank Gallagher, has become more peripheral in recent seasons. The Emmy and Oscar-nominated actor has received a higher salary than his castmates for the past seven seasons.
Shameless remains one of Showtime’s top-rated series. So far, season seven has earned an average rating of .52 in the 18-49 demo and 1.369 million viewers. If Rossum’s demands are met, Warner Bros. TV will reportedly renegotiate the season eight salaries for the rest of the main cast.
What do you think? Do you watch Shameless? Do you want an eighth season? Do you think Rossum’s demands should be met?