ABC Prescribes 'Grey's' Raises
Pompeo, Wilson among those getting pay bumps
"Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo and at least four of her castmates are in line to receive healthy raises for their work on the hit ABC series. Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Justin Chambers and T.R. Knight either have signed or are on the verge of signing new contracts.
Pompeo's new deal will bump her pay to about $200,000 per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The other actors will also make six figures per episode.
Some of the show's other regulars are still involved in negotiations; the HR says that while supporting cast members initially presented a united front with ABC and "Grey's" producer ABC TV Studio, but that's no longer the case, and the actors are cutting individual deals.
Sandra Oh, Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl are still working on their contracts. Word that Heigl had dropped out of the renegotiation process leaked to several media outlets a couple of weeks ago, prompting statements from both the studio and the actress about the process, which both stress that Heigl's not going anywhere but unsurprisingly differ on the particulars of contract talks.
The status of Isaiah Washington's contract is uncertain. He's also likely to stay with the series, but in the wake of the controversy over his use of a homophobic slur, details of his talks are being kept quiet, according to the Reporter.
Kate Walsh, meanwhile, has worked out a separate deal that covers her role in a possible "Grey's" spinoff. A back-door pilot for the spinoff will air as a two-hour "Grey's" episode during May sweeps.