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Stephen Amell Reveals His 'Arrow' Starting Salary Made Him 'Fourth or Fifth Highest Paid Cast Member'

Stephen Amell is opening up about the trickiness of contract negotiations with regard to his work as the lead on the hit CW show Arrow.

“I didn’t really care what the deal was. It was a fair deal. I had no quote. I had never been a series regular before,” the 37-year-old actor said on Michael Rosenbaum‘s Inside of You podcast about when he first landed the show back in 2011. “I was a series regular on Hung, technically, but I wasn’t going to be bumped up to a series regular price until the fourth season—if there was a fourth season, which there wasn’t. It was a very, very fair deal. I mean, the first thing they did was try to hire me as a Canadian…That’s the first conversation that they have and my agent shut it down immediately. Basically, the business affairs person comes back, semi-embarrassed, and says, ‘You know, I gotta ask…’”

Stephen continued, “The only issue I had in the first couple of years was, I think, that up until the end of the second season I was the fourth or fifth highest paid cast member, because I had no quote. They gave me what they termed as a ‘gift’ after Season 2…it’s them raising my salary without asking for anything in return. My thing was very simple. I just said, ‘Quite frankly, I work way more than everybody else.’ Especially in Season 1 and Season 2…it was way more disproportionate than it is now. I think somebody was making X. They’re like, ‘OK, your new salary is going to be X minus, like, $1,250 per episode.’ And I go, ‘What are you doing? That’s not the most amount of money.’ They said, ‘Yeah, no. It’s the most amount of money over the course of 23 episodes, because the person above you is not all episodes produced.’ I was like, ‘OK, technically you’re right…’ That leaves a little bit of a sh*tty taste in my mouth. Just a little.”

“When I did my renegotiation, it wasn’t fun, because I have a lot of friends who have been in similar positions, and I knew what the actual numbers were. I’m very good friends with Jared Padalecki, and he shared information with me that [Tom Welling] shared with him. It’s everyone trying to help each other out, right? And I have gone on to share that information with people that I think it might be beneficial to,” Stephen added.

The CW's Renewals & Cancellations for 2018 - Full Recap!

The CW has made their cancellations and renewals official for the upcoming TV season.

Unfortunately, the network is saying goodbye to three shows, while a large number of their shows will be returning for more seasons.

If you missed it, you can also see what shows have been renewed and cancelled over on NBC, which shows were renewed and cancelled on CBS, as well as what shows have been renewed and cancelled at ABC. The full 2018-2019 television season will be announced next week.

Click through the slideshow to see the fate of all of The CW’s shows…

The CW Orders Five New Series, Including 'Charmed' & 'Roswell' Reboots!

With all the cancellations being announced by the networks this week, there is room for new series to be introduced to the world and The CW just announced orders for five exciting series.

Two of the shows that fans figured would likely get orders include the reboots of classic shows Charmed and Roswell.

There are also shows starring Taye Diggs and Austin Nichols on the way, as well as one that is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries universe.

Click through the slideshow to learn about the new shows…

The CW Renews 10 Shows - Find Out What's Coming Back!

The CW has just announced a massive amount of renewals for some of their original series shows!

All in all, 10 shows will be back on the network for more episodes and we couldn’t be more excited!

“As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these ten series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “And I’m especially happy that we’ll continue to work with the incredibly talented casts, producers, and writers who create the series our fans are so passionate about.”

Click through the slideshow to see which shows were just picked up by The CW for additional seasons…

Gina Rodriguez Hints That 'Jane the Virgin' Will End After Season 5

Looks like we better start getting ready to say goodbye to Jane the Virgin. The show’s star Gina Rodriguez has hinted that the show will be ending after the upcoming fifth season.

Gina spoke out during the Women to Watch panel from Create & Cultivate and Fossil this weekend in Texas, where she opened up about getting to direct a season four episode.

“When it came to directing Jane, as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied,’” Gina said (via Variety).

Gina also added that she plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.”

The CW has not yet confirmed if the fifth season is the end.