The Reverend is staying in WB’s ‘Heaven’

Collins renegotiates contract for extension

Stephen Collins will be in “7th Heaven” for at least two more years.

Thesp, who toplines the WB’s morals-filled Monday sudser, has inked an eight-figure deal that will keep him on the show through May 2005. Collins had been locked in through next spring, but recently renegotiated his deal.

Deal was key for Spelling and the Frog. Net and Paramount-based studio had already worked out a renewal deal for “Heaven,” keeping the show on the air until 2005, thus ensuring a ninth season for the skein (Daily Variety, March 25). Until recently, however, Collins was guaranteed only through season 8.

While the WB has more buzzworthy skeins, “Heaven” for years ranked as the net’s top-rated series in viewers 12-34 and still ranks as a powerhouse for the net.

Frog declined comment on details of the pact, but industry insiders expect Collins to pull in a two-year payday of nearly $10 million. Collins plays Rev. Eric Camden, the wise patriarch of the amazingly good-looking, crisis-prone Camden clan. Series is exec-produced by creator Brenda Hampton.

Thesp recently released a self-titled CD of classic ’50s and ’60s oldies on Pat Boone’s Gold label.Disc includes covers of tracks such as “Crazy” and “Fools Rush In.”

Collins, who’s repped by Envision Entertainment and Michael Gendler, has also dabbled in writing, publishing the novels “Double Exposure” and “Eye Contact.” Feature credits include “First Wives’ Club” and “All the President’s Men.”

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