'Will & Grace' Back for 8th Season

Lengthy renewal negotiation between NBC and the producers and cast of “Will & Grace” have resulted in a deal for an eighth and most likely final season of the Emmy-winning comedy series.

Source said the show’s four key cast members — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — have secured a significant salary increase in the one-year deals that were signed late Friday.

The actors will each received between $13 million and $15 million for the 2005-06 season, which comes out to about $600,000 per episode, compared to fees estimated at $400,000 per-episode this season.

NBC ordered at least 24 new episodes of the NBC Universal-produced series. They also plan a highlights clip show, most likely in anticipation of a series finale in spring 2006.

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