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"Closer" star Sedgwick earns hefty pay rise

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fresh off her Golden Globe win, “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick has scored a pay rise that makes her one of the highest-paid actresses on television.

Sources said she is getting a significant salary bump to $250,000-$300,000 per episode of TNT’s hit police drama, including one-time bonuses. Representatives for TNT and Sedgwick declined comment on the specifics of the deal.

The pact also adds a year to her original contract, keeping her on “The Closer” for a total of seven seasons, and gives her a producer credit. The series is returning for a third season in the summer.

In addition to the Globe win Monday, Sedgwick’s role on the show as hard-nosed Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson earned her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations last year.

“The Closer” has emerged as the most-watched basic cable series ever. It averaged 6.6 million viewers last season, up 21% from Season 1, and ranked as the top ad-supported cable series of 2006 among adults 25-54. The detective drama’s second-season premiere smashed the ratings record for a basic cable original scripted series with 8.3 million viewers.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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