Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama series Shameless is one of the premium cable network’s few returning series which has yet to be renewed (or cancelled) and it appears a on-going pay-dispute may be the cause.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Emmy Rossum, who plays the eldest Gallagher daughter Fiona, is seeking a substantial pay rise for a potential eight season, which would see her earning more than co-star William H. Macy.
Macy – who has enjoyed an extensive feature film career prior to taking on the role of Frank Gallagher – has been earning more than the rest of the cast since the pilot. Unlike the UK Shameless, where the Fiona character exited after two seasons, Rossum has a sizable role and in a lot of ways is a driving force on the show; prompting her demands for a substantial raise.
At present, William H. Macy is the only cast member has has a deal for next season after he recently negotiated a new agreement with series producer Warner Bros. Television which will see his salary increase to ” the upper echelon of cable dramas”. The studio is expected to re-negotiate with the rest of the cast once the dispute with Rossum is resolved. It is not immediately clear if such a resolution is on the horizon or is Showtime would renew or cancel the show sans Rossum.
Based on the Channel 4 series of the same name, Shameless follows the daily lives of the members of the blue collar Gallagher family who live in the South Side of Chicago. The drama series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan and Isidora Goreshter. More4 continues to hold the UK rights to Shameless, though they have yet to schedule the show’s fifth season.