Raise Prescribed for 'House' Star
Laurie gets big pay bump for third season
Laurie will be receiving a big boost in pay as the FOX series begins its third season, pulling down a per-episode salary of $275,000 to $300,000 per episode. According to the showbiz trade papers, that's as much as three times what he was making previously.
As part of the negotiations, Laurie also agreed to extend his term on the medical drama for another season. He'll also have a small stake in the show's profits once it goes into syndication.
The raise doesn't come as much of a surprise, given that Laurie is playing the title character on one of the most popular dramas on television. "House" drew more than 17 million viewers per week last season and was a top-10 show in the adults 18-49 demographic, where networks make the bulk of their money.
Laurie won a Golden Globe for the part in January, but in one of the bigger surprises of last week's Emmy nominations, he wasn't among the five nominees for outstanding lead actor in a drama (the show was, however, nominated for best drama). He did get an Emmy nod last year.
NBC Universal TV produces "House" for FOX. Both parties reportedly kicked in to foot the bill for Laurie's raise.