The Vine: No raise offer irks 'CI' stars

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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" producers' intent to bring back the cast of the series with no raises next season is not sitting well with the show's stars, sources said. It is understood that Wolf Films and NBC Universal TV Studio have set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Noth and Kathryn Erbe to accept the offer. Series cast members normally receive a 5% salary bump every year, which could be higher for stars on established shows. Studios have been pushing to make that standard raise tied to the show's license fee increase, which generally is lower. In the case of "CI," producers face new economic realities of producing a high-production-value drama with marquee stars on a cable budget because the series has been moved from NBC -- where it aired for six seasons -- to USA Network, with a second window on NBC. (The repeats on NBC should alleviate some of the financial strain.) Reps for Wolf Films and NBC Uni TV declined comment on any actor negotiations.
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