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Report: ‘Will & Grace’ to return in ’06

Stars to receive $600,000 per episode in eighth season
/ Source: The Associated Press

"Will & Grace" should be back for an eighth season. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unidentified sources, said Monday that NBC and the show's producers have reached a deal for the 2005-06 season.

The network declined to comment.

Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally won salary increases in the one-year deal despite speculation they might have to settle for pay cuts, the trade paper said.

The actors each will receive between $13 million to $15 million for the season, or roughly $600,000 per episode, the paper said — compared to the estimated $400,000 per episode they got this season.

Mullally and Hayes will earn as much as Messing and McCormack for the first time since the series debuted in 1998, the Reporter said.

NBC, which had been riding high on the strength of comedies including "Friends," has had difficulty cultivating replacements for its long-running or departed shows.