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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