AceShowbiz - The future of "Shameless" is reportedly in jeopardy due to Showtime's ongoing negotiations with star Emmy Rossum. The actress, who has been one of the leads on the series since its first season, has been re-negotiating her contract for a potential eighth season.
Sources say Rossum is seeking for a pay raise. She is not only seeking salary parity with co-star William H. Macy, but also asking to be paid more than him to make up for the previous seasons she was making less than him.
Macy recently re-negotiated his deal with producer Warner Bros. TV for the potential eighth season and scored a raise. However, Showtime wants to hold up a formal season 8 pickup until resolving Rossum's salary. Showtime and Warner Bros. TV declined to comment on the issue.
"Shameless" is a top five cable drama among total viewers, adults 18-49 as well as adults 18-34. It has helped Macy score three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and an SAG Award win. Rossum, meanwhile, has been nominated for two Critics Choice Awards for her role on the dramedy.