Deal makes Braff highly paid doctor

4:00 AM PST 03/06/2007 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

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Zach Braff is about to land a big payday, as long as "Scrubs" gets renewed by NBC for a seventh season. The multihyphenate has cut a one-year deal with "Scrubs" producer ABC TV Studio that will pay him north of $350,000 per episode for the 2007-08 season of "Scrubs," sources said.

Braff's deal is contingent on NBC picking up the single-camera comedy for a seventh year, which is expected.

If so, Braff's deal would put him in the top echelon of highest-paid male actors on television, alongside "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen, whose paycheck also is said to be worth more than $350,000-per-episode for the Warner Bros. TV-produced CBS sitcom.

Reps for Braff and ABC Television declined comment.

Braff is the anchor of the ensemble on "Scrubs," playing the amiable Dr. John "J.D." Dorian. Braff's star has been on the rise the past few years thanks to "Scrubs" and the strong response to his auteur turn as writer, director and star of the 2004 indie romantic comedy "Garden State." His upcoming projects include a starring role in the comedy "The Ex," and he is slated to star and direct the drama "Open Hearts" for Paramount Pictures.

Braff is repped by CAA, Industry Entertainment and attorney Ken Richman.
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