It would be a crying shame if Showtime cancelled Shameless, or renewed it for an eighth season without Emmy Rossum. Fortunately, neither of those things have come to pass.
That’s right, the Shameless TV show seems to have been renewed for an eighth season on Showtime, and Rossum has signed a new contract. She will return to play lead Fiona Gallagher on the Southside of Chicago dramedy series. The star had been in a bit of a standoff over her salary.
Emmy Rossum Signs for Shameless Season Eight on Showtime | Renewal Probable
Deadline reports the breakout star’s salary standoff is over. Since co-lead, William H. Macy had already signed on the dotted line, Shameless season eight seems like a sure thing.
While Showtime has yet to announce it has renewed Shameless for season eight, Rossum tweeted, “Playing Fiona Gallagher has been one of the great privileges of my life. I’m so happy to continue w my SHAMELESS family! Back to work in May!”
Here is more, from Deadline:
The studio reportedly offered both Rossum and Macy the same salary under so-called favored nations terms that assure financial parity. As an Oscar nominee with an extensive body of work, Macy had started off with a higher original quote, and Rossum, the series’ breakout star, is now catching up with him. She had been holding out for a salary higher than Macy’s, briefly putting the future of Shameless in limbo.
Seven seasons in, Shameless remains a ratings force and a critical darling. It is the highest rated Showtime series among adults 18-49 and second most watched behind Homeland in Live+same day ratings.
Rossum had an argument about asking for more pay than Macy as she has had more screen presence lately and she carries many of the show’s main storylines. Still, Macy has amassed three Emmy nominations and won a SAG Award for the show. He landed another SAG nomination, his third, this morning.
In today’s environment where actresses have been striving for equal pay with their male counterparts, it is important to make a stand. But, thanks to the parity rule, television actually has done a better job treating male and female leads equally. Grey’s Anatomy‘s Ellen Pompeo was paid the same as male lead Patrick Dempsey before he exited the series despite his higher starting point based on his resume.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Shameless TV series? Do you plan to watch season eight on Showtime? Tell us.