Bigger slice for 'Nip/Tuck' duo


"Nip/Tuck" stars Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon are returning for the upcoming fifth season of the hit FX series with nice pay bumps, sources said.

Additionally, Paula Marshall is set to appear next season in four episodes of the plastic surgery drama, playing the love interest of Sean McNamara (Walsh).

Walsh and McMahon, who plays Christian Troy, are understood to have each received seven-figure bonuses in addition to the standard 5% yearly salary increase, which brings their total compensation up to about $3 million, or about $125,000 for each of the 22 episodes of "Nip/Tuck's" upcoming season. That makes for a 25% per-episode fee increase compared with what the two were paid for Season 4.

The cash bonuses, referred to as a gift, came from the network, not Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series with Shephard/Robin Prods., sources said. FX and WBTV declined comment on the matter Tuesday, as did the actors' representatives.

"Nip/Tuck," from creator/ executive producer Ryan Murphy, had a strong fourth season, capped by McNamara and Troy's move from Miami to Los Angeles in the season finale.

Production on the show's fifth season began Monday.

Walsh and McMahon are repped by CAA. Walsh additionally is repped by Bob McGowan of McGowan Management.

Marshall's recent series credits include the CW's "Veronica Mars" and CBS' "Out of Practice." She next appears in the feature "I Know Who Killed Me."