TNT rides with Det. Sedgwick


Fresh off her Golden Globe win Monday, "The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick has inked a new deal with TNT to continue on the hit police drama.

Under the rich pact, which makes Sedgwick one of the highest-paid actresses on television, she will become a producer on the show.

It also adds another year to her original contract, keeping her on "The Closer" for a total of seven seasons. The series, from the Shephard/Robin Co. and Warner Bros. TV, is returning for a third season in the summer.

Reps for TNT and Sedgwick declined comment on specifics of the deal, but sources said the actress is getting a significant salary bump to $250,000-$300,000 an episode, including one-time bonuses.

In addition to the Globe win this week, Sedgwick's role on the show as hard-nosed Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson earned her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations last year.

"The Closer" has emerged as the most-watched basic cable series ever. The show is coming off a strong second season, in which it averaged 6.6 million viewers, up 21% from Season 1, and ranked as the top ad-supported cable series of 2006 among adults 25-54. The detective drama's second-season premiere smashed the ratings record for a basic cable original scripted series with 8.3 million viewers.

On the big screen, Sedgwick will next be seen opposite the Rock in the Walt Disney Pictures comedy "The Game Plan."

She is repped by the Gersh Agency, manager Jill Littman and attorney Ira Schreck.