Shameless Season 8

Shameless Season 8 in Jeopardy as Emmy Rossum Seeks Salary Parity With Co-Star William H. Macy

This explains why Showtime has been dragging its feet on a Shameless renewal.

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Leading lady Emmy Rossum — who plays the series’ quasi-matriarch Fiona — is reportedly seeking salary parity with co-star William H. Macy, and the contractual standoff is holding up a formal Season 8 pickup.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rossum’s camp is arguing that the actress should be paid more than Macy to make up for the seven seasons in which she earned considerably less than the veteran actor. Showtime and Warner Bros. (the studio behind Shameless) declined to comment.

Shameless‘ current seventh season ends on Dec. 18.