Hugh Laurie, "Dr. House", Becomes Among Highest Paid TV Actors

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September 12th, 2008

Although this isn't about ratings, it's still about TV Numbers.

TV Week is reporting that:

Hugh Laurie is poised to become one of the highest-paid actors on TV with a new deal to continue on Fox's "House."

Under a pact with producer Universal Media Studios, Laurie's salary is expected to rise to the neighborhood of $400,000 an episode or more than $9 million a year. He also would get some sort of producing credit on the medical drama, which returns for a fifth season Tuesday. The deal also adds another year to the actor's contract on the series, assuring he will stay on at least through the 2011-12 season.

Laurie, who had humble beginnings on "House" with a starting salary in the mid-five figures, got his first major salary bump in summer 2006 when his per-episode fee was upped to $250,000-$300,000 an episode.

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