Emmy Rossum Won’t Do Another ‘Shameless’ Season Without Equal Pay

As Showtime talks contracts for a possible eighth season of its hit dramedy Shameless, lead Emmy Rossum has demanded equal pay to that of her co-star William H. Macy, according to The Hollywood ReporterIf the show is renewed for an eighth season, it will be Showtime’s longest ever running scripted original series.

Macy’s contract has already been negotiated and given a much higher boost in pay than season 7 – Rossum seeks to match or even get a higher figure than Macy. The network reportedly may choose to acquiesce, write Rossum’s character of Fiona out of the eighth season, or cancel the show altogether.

Fiona is the central, matriarchal character of Shameless and easily has as much screen time as Macy’s Frank, if not more. If her contract is to be settled, it may mean major renegotiations for all the show’s other stars.

Rossum’s demands follow Rob Wright’s ultimatum for equal pay on House of Cards, and is in the pattern of actresses on Modern Family initially starting with a smaller check and building to match their male costars.



Linkage: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Supports Illinois Same-Sex Marriage, Emmy Rossum Is Just Too Pretty

Bow-tie enthusiast and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Chicago yesterday to lend his support in the fight for same-sex marriage, the legislation for which may pass in the Illinois General Assembly before the session ends on June 9. Said Ferguson: "A lot of people who were not comfortable with marriage equality … turn on the television and see a show that has a lot of different families in it — and one of those families just happens to be gay. They’re realizing they have a great time watching the show, then they’re watching a gay couple that’s having a lot of the same problems and issues they have. They realize ‘Oh they’re not so different from me.’ And at that point, we’re in their living rooms." [Chicagoist]

South Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim has penned a film titled Rodham about, well, duh. [Politico]

Speaking of questionably titled biopics, jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, will close out the Sundance Film Festival and see an April theatrical release. [Deadline New York]

If you were rooting for Lil’ Wayne in your office Worst Tattoo of 2013 pool, it looks like you’re coming out ahead already. [Crushable]

Zooey Deschanel in Glamour: "I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" Do you, girl! [Jezebel]

EGOT winner Mel Brooks gives some solid advice on how to make all of your creative dreams come true. [Fast Company]

Look, I get that times are tough but if you’re willing to let your boss fart on you then maybe you should just go on unemployment? [The Gloss]

If you expect Kathy Griffin to apologize for trying to perform oral sex on Anderson Cooper during the pair’s annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig, you can, well, suck her dick. [EW]

Emmy Rossum (or, as I like to call her, The Poor Man’s Jennifer Love Hewitt) claims she was almost not even considered for her role in Showtime’s Shameless because she was too pretty. It’s a little early in the year for this, yes? [The Frisky]

"[W]e eagerly await the BuzzFeed post, 10 Reasons We Raised $20M to Write More Things Like “Pretty Japanese Girls React to Drinking Poop Wine.” [Observer]

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