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Grey's Anatomy Contract Talks Continue

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According to Reuters, Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has received a new deal for her services on the hit ABC medical drama.

Original cast members James Pickens, Jr., and Chandra Wilson have agreed to new contracts as well, while Justin Chambers and T.R. Knight are close to new pacts of their own to continue on the Golden Globe-winning series.

The Original CastUnder the new deals, all actors will receive salary bumps. Pompeo now will be at nearly $200,000 per episode, while Pickens, Wilson, Chambers and Knight will be paid around $125,000 per episode, sources close to the matter said.

It is understood that the terms of the new contracts are retroactive, going back to the first episode of Season 3.

The contract status for co-star Isaiah Washington, however, was not clear. It has been rumored that he might continue on the show without a raise in light of the recent controversy surrounding his behavior.

Washington's future may still be somewhat in doubt, but his communication with the producers regarding the situation has been kept under wraps. Representatives for both the studio and the actors declined comment.

Yet to close new deals are Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh, though both have been rumored to be nearing lucrative, extended contracts.

Details on Katherine Heigl's stalled contract negotiations were leaked to the media last month, which triggered a response from ABC on the matter:

"Fortunately, we have a long-term contract to ensure she'll be with the show for several years to come. In recognition of her tremendous talent and value to the show, we recently approached Katherine with an offer to raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract."

All cast members on Grey's Anatomy are under long-term (reportedly seven-year) deals with the studio. However, it has become customary in the industry for the original cast members of hit shows to re-negotiate contracts and receive raises after two seasons.

Since Grey's Anatomy debuted as a mid-season replacement in March 2005, the negotiations are being held now, as the show marked two full seasons on the air, rather than the more common period in the summer and fall.

Sources said some of the Grey's Anatomy cast headed into the renegotiation process as a group that quickly dissolved, leading to individual contract talks between each cast member and the studio.

Meanwhile, Kate Walsh, who joined the cast at the end of Season 1, also has a new deal as part of her central role in the potential spin-off from the hit series, now in the works.

The cast of Grey's Anatomy recently won a SAG Award for best drama series ensemble, with Chandra Wilson winning the individual statuette for best drama series actress.

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    Seriously I am not interested to know what they make as long as they make us happy. Everyone talks about it but nobody mention how much they will pay on income tax. The life of a show is short and who knows if they will be successfull after GA. So yes let them make as much money as they can so they won't have to worry for the rest of their life.
    All the fuzz about IW this is so America (sorry) the country where the dialogues in movies have F... in every sentence and it is normal, never read a line from shocked people about this. Kids over here are all using the F word just because they have seen it american series, so please the "IW slur obsessed people" go one with your life and watch your own language. Some people are such a bunch of hypocrites like we say here "you see the straw in someone eyes but not the beam in yours......

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    It would have been nice if the interns would have stick together like the "Friends" cast because the show is about is ultimately about the five interns and everyone else that are involved in the lives. OR, I think that the four main characters should have stuck together: Cristina,Burke, Meredith and Sheppard should be paid equally because every storyline involves one of them. I also believe that Isaiah should get a raise because lets not forget the great job he's done. He manages to make Burke-an arrogant, g-dlike character into someone people tune in to see because of his humanity. Do we not remember the season two finale and his storyline about his hand, operating with the tremor, the amazing delivery of his love for Cristina hello people....

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    But when you think about it the cast of friends were each paid 1 million per episode for a half hour show so this is quite a bit less.

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    Pompeo is almost getting paid as much as a real surgeon..?Hm...interesting.As long as it goes on forever =]

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    good point. But i wonder would good it does ABC to have 3 weeks in a row without new programming. Hmmm. I guess since we don't pay to have ABC on our systems, we can't really complain too much.

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    From what I understand, ABC pays Touchstone per episode. So if ABC only orders 23 or 24 episodes per season, Touchstone will only give them what they ordered. It is really not up to the production crew, i.e,, Shonda Rhimes & Co and the actors and actresses. As you can see from the negotiation, they are being paid per episode. The actors would be willing to work as many episodes so that they get more money.

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    I'm wondering. These people get paid a LOT of money. And now it seems some of them are getting more. So, why can't the fill a whole season with new episodes? I mean, maybe i just don't understand; but it seems that you've got a large portion of the off season to do whatever it is they do when the decide to broadcast THREE WEEKS OF RERUNS. Why can't any of these shows - not just G. A. - WORK a whole season? What if i did that on my job? Hmmm okay, yes sir you need a logo and a brochure, well here's last month's logo and brochure - we are not doing new ones this week. Oh but I still need to get paid in full. Maybe my memory is faulty, but i remember as a kid in the 70s and 80s the new season was THE SEASON and the off season was the only time you'd see reruns.