Shameless Season 8 is now in business. Shameless was in renewal limbo for weeks as star Emmy Rossum demanded parity with her costar William H. Macy. But the popular Showtime drama will now return for another season as Rossum has finally signed on the dotted line.
According to a TV Series Finale report, the standoff between Rossum and the network is over. The 30-year-old actress had previously demanded that she be given the same contract as Macy, who portrays her alcoholic father, Frank Gallagher, in the series. The actor has been receiving higher pay than any of his costars get ever since the series started.
Rossum Demands More for Shameless Season 8 Role
It is not surprising that William H. Macy has been receiving both a higher billing and a bigger pay since Shameless Season 7 started. After all, the actor came to the series with an extensive body of work and several Oscar nominations. But while Emmy Rossum did not have the resumé that the 66-year-old Macy had, she is undoubtedly the breakout star of the series.
So when contract negotiations were up, Rossum was said to have demanded salary parity with the actor. According to reports, she was actually demanding payment higher than Macy’s to make up for the previous seasons when she earned less. Rossum’s camp also pointed out that most of Shameless’ story arcs revolved around the actress.
Rossum is just the latest in a string of actresses who have stood up and demanded equal pay with their male colleagues. Robin Wright is another example. The actress had famously demanded parity with Kevin Spacey for her role in House of Cards.
Luckily for Shameless fans, Rossum and the network had come to an agreement. The actress even tweeted that her role as Fiona Gallagher was a privilege and that she was happy to continue working on the show.
Days after the resolution of the contract dispute, the renewal of the show came. The announcement was made on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, just hours after the airing of the finale episode of Shameless Season 7.
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