Nip/Tuck stars seek paycheck augmentation

In a gallant effort to champion some of the nation's most underpaid workers--notably themselves--famous TV stars Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh are leading their Nip/Tuck colleagues in salary negotiations with the FX network.

Since May 2007, McMahon and Walsh have each been pulling in a meager $125,000 per episode, and we can only imagine how hard it is to sustain the Hollywood lifestyle on such paltry wages. Series regular Joely Richardson makes about $100,000, and Kelly Carlson and Roma Maffia allegedly make even less.

Fed up and not about to take it anymore, McMahon and Walsh have enlisted the legal services of Marty Singer, who's known for his success in securing pay bumps for Sopranos star James Gandolfini and others. Singer joins the stars' usual legal team, and the other actors seem to have their own representation.

Nip/Tuck's sixth season is now in production, but the show is slated to continue through 2011--and therein lies the root of the cash quarrel. With plenty of downtime between production seasons, the actors could conceivably take on more jobs, but fear that other networks might choose not to engage their services while their faces are still plastered all over FX. Therefore, Nip/Tuck producers totally owe these guys for lost opportunities. Makes sense, right?

Nip/Tuck reruns are currently airing on FX Saturdays at 12:30 a.m., and new episodes will resume sometime in early 2009. In the meantime, why not use the comments box to opine on the sorry plight of underpaid actors?

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It would take me 5 years to make as much money as they do in one episode?? Uh, what the hell is wrong with people, can't they just be happy with what they got? That's how I live, but I guess when you are surrounded by people making more than you, I guess it makes sense to whine until you get more too. Be happy with what you got just doesn't set well with actors I guess. If I was making 125k per episode, I'd live the rest of my life in supreme awesome financial freedom. Buy a house a car and laugh until I die cause I'd never have to work for another crappy life ruining company again.
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they should just STOP producing the show. It is miserable. Dont get me wrong, I have been a big fan since season 1, but this show has turned into the worst. It is absurd, far-fetched to the point of unoriginal, the characters are mere caricatures, their struggles really abosurd to the point of supremely lame. A raise? They need to freaking fire the writers and hire some decent people who can write the kind of awesome stuff we saw during the first 3 seasons.
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Given the fact that these incredibly talented actors are tied to a show that (1) has wasted their talents for the past three seasons, (2) makes a paltry 15 episodes per season, and (3) is stringing them along until 2011, they ABSOLUTELY deserve a raise. This series is sucking the life out of their careers. (Julian and Dylan each made about $300,000 per season for the first two seasons, plus a $300,000 bonus at the end of season 2, so their overall pay for the entire series is nowhere near $10 million.)
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As much as I love this show and as talented as I think Julian and Dylan are, I'm surprised that the money is an issue, although I suppose I shouldn't be. FYI, if they are making $125,000 per episode at an average of 15 episodes per season, they are making just shy of $2 million a season, which is more than enough for anyone to live on, especially if you invest wisely. And, of course, they've been doing this for five seasons now, which is almost $10 million. Seriously, why would you ever need that much money? At this point whining about not having enough is just being petty. There are plenty of people who need it more than actors do.
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I also vote for giving them a raise. If those dipsticks on Friends could pull in 1 million per episode, I think they could get much more than what they're receiving now. Yes, I realize Friends was on network TV and insanely popular, but still. Quality beats crap any day. I just hope these salary negotiations don't lead to a work stoppage. I need me some Nip/Tuck!
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I love Nip/Tuck. I think the fifth season was one of the best. I've followed it from the beginning. And I was very surprised to learn that they don't get paid as well as other shows. Considering that other stars are practically banging down the doors to star on the show. I'm also surprised that it's never won an Emmy, only one Gloden Globe. It's one of the most watched shows, but it's only won once. They deserve the pay raise, they also deserve the right to work on other projects in their down time.
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that sucks that are some of the lowest paid actors considering the shows success. I think that they deserve the raise!
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give them the raise!
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Let them have it, they kind of deserve it.
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I was surprised to read this cause the show's been kinda sucky lately. I was surprised it's lasting through 2011 but if they're locked at their salary through to 2011 then that isn't right in general. Even us normal ppl get annual raises...
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Aww, poor baby only $125k PER EPISODE.


suck it up!
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I do agree that actors are over paid. But hey it's hollywood. Maybe their pay should be proportional to how much the show actuall pulls in.
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it does seem mind bogaling 125.000 a week or episode there doing ok why knock it and the series

then gets cancelled
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Here in NYC our Firefighters and Policeman make $35K a year, our service men and women make $25K a year, and these overpaid actors are asking for more than $125Ka week. Unbelievable.
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I also agree that hollywood actors are overpaid, but i was suprised to see how little these two make being as the show it as good as it is and has great ratings. I see other actors like Hugh Laurie who makes $400,000 an episode but then maybe thats because fox is a bigger tv network, not sure.
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If it was not for Nip/Tuck and rescue me, fx would be nothing. They were a rag to riches story. Nothing then Nip/Tuck and rescue me and the riches and dirt. F/X found its niche by pushing the boundaries and being provocative. They deserve more money. Come on Lauren from the Hills a 30 min show gets 75 thousand and these guys do a hour show. Double what Lauren gets and she make more than these guys. Now that's absurd. No acting/ bad acting =150 Good acting plus a real show = 125
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As much as i love Dylan and Julian they are so wrong to do this! Yeah, maybe other lead actors on other shows make more, but SO WHAT? These shows most probably got higher ratings, too. Actors are overpaid as it is.....

But yeah, i'm the last one who should complain. I'm watching the show, after all and i couldn't live without TV Shows and just reality tv

These two chose to be on this show, they are in a contract and they are by no means poor. Every NORMAL person would have to live with that. Now we gotta wait until 2011 because these guys want more money???
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Actors are already overpaid. Give them less if anything.
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1.75 million dollars a year?! How can they afford to feed themselves! Those poor destitute souls! I bet they have to eat out of dumpsters and steal clothes off of dead people they find in alleyways. lol



Lets see them get real jobs in their downtime. Maybe flippng burgers or selling cell phones at the mall.
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I am speechless! Umm, of course, they want a better life style, but how much better when your in Hollywood? Good lord, they need to smarten up! I highly doubt they will, greed does nothing but create contempt.
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I hate to say, if the show didn't comeback, I wouldn't care...
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These guys are phenomenal actors and deserve higher wages. Nip/Tuck is a great show and these guys play a major role on the success of the series.
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catrick123 - You said it all.
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Never seen the show.....is it that good where they actually deserve higher wages?
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I agree with Catrick123. Improve the show, then increase the wages.
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FX is seriously jeopardizing their changes of working for the next 3 years! They certainly deserve the pay increase, as well as the rest of the cast. How much money will the network be making after all? True, they can spent more on writers too, but I'm afraid the scripts are probably already written, or nearly completed.
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I don't watch the show but I think the show producer should be the one to offer them a raise, not them demanding one.
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while i agree the writing when down hill this last season i still think it is a great show but not sure what the deserve as pay
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After faithfully following this show for the four years I found the story lines to not be shocking and provocative but to be old hat and predictable.



I mean REALLY... nobody saw the Sharon Gless psycho character for what she was by her second appearance! I'll be hard pressed to watch this year.



Don't pay the actors more. Spend money on BETTER WRITERS!
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