'Nip/Tuck' Stars Want a Raise


The stars of FX's "Nip/Tuck" are looking to augment their bottom lines as they head into production on the show's final seasons.

Leads Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon and Joely Richardson, along with regulars Roma Maffia and Kelly Carlson, have involved in salary renegotiation talks for a few weeks now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McMahon and Walsh hope to double their current salaries of $125,000 per episode, while Richardson, Maffia and Carlson are also looking for significant raises.

Walsh, McMahon and Richardson also got pay bumps last year, courtesy of FX, which handed out bonuses to all three to bring the actors' salaries to the current level (Richardson makes about $100,000 per episode, the HR says).

"Nip/Tuck" is beginning the slow march to its series finale this week, when the cast and crew start filming the final 19 episodes. The last of those episodes won't air until more than two years from now; FX plans to air the remaining eight episodes of season five early next year, then split the final season into two pieces to air in 2010 and 2011.

Warner Bros. TV produces the show and has the cast under contract for the remainder of "Nip/Tuck's" run. As such, the salary negotiations are taking place mostly between the actors' reps and FX, according to the HR. No one involved has commented on the status of the talks.

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