LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Grey's Anatomy" star
Ellen Pompeo has closed a new deal for her services on the hit
ABC medical drama.
Original cast members James T. Pickens Jr. and Chandra
Wilson also have agreed to new contracts, with Justin Chambers
and T.R. Knight close to new pacts to continue on the Golden
Under 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 about
$125,000 per episode, sources said. (A season consists of about
It is understood that the new terms are retroactive, going
back to the first episode of this season.
The contract status for "Gray" co-star Isaiah Washington
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 use of a homophobic slur, but his communication
with the show's producer, ABC TV Studio, has been kept under
Representatives for the studio and for the actors declined
Yet to close new deals are Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and
Katherine Heigl. Details on Heigl's stalled contract
renegotiations were leaked to the media late last month, which
triggered a statement on the matter from ABC TV Studio.
"Fortunately, we have a long-term contract to ensure she'll
be with the show for several years to come," the statement
said. "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
All cast members on "Grey's Anatomy" are under long-term
(reportedly seven-year) deals with the studio. It has become
customary for the original casts of hit shows to renegotiate
their contracts and receive raises after two seasons. Since
"Grey's" debuted as a midseason replacement in March 2005, the
renegotiations were held now when the show marks two full
seasons on the air as opposed to the more common
between-seasons period in the summer and fall.
Sources said some of the supporting players 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" recently won a SAG Award for best
drama series ensemble, with Wilson winning the individual
statuette for best drama series actress.