'Burn Notice' star getting big raise

Jeffrey Donovan more than doubles current salary

He plays the coolest guy on TV. Now Jeffrey Donovan has a cool new raise to match.

The star of USA Network's breakout hit "Burn Notice" has renegotiated his pact with the series' producer, Fox TV Studios.

Under the new agreement, Donovan will be paid $125,000-$150,000 an episode, a big bump from the $55,000 he used to make.

As is the practice, especially in cable, the cost of the pay increase will be shared between FTVS and USA.

Donovan's new deal also adds one year to his original seven-year contract for the show.

"Notice," which launched in July 2007, is in the midst of the winter portion of its second season.

On the stylish action dramedy, Donovan plays Michael Westen, a blacklisted former spy helping people in need while tracking down the people who burned him.

It has become a star-making role for Donovan, who before that toplined USA's short-lived series "Touching Evil." He went on toco-star in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling."

"Burn Notice" ranks as the top cable drama series among adults 18-49. Its winter premiere two weeks ago hit a series high in the 18-49, which was eclipsed by a demo record last week.

Donovan is repped by Paradigm.
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