You didn’t need a Rambaldi prophecy to predict this: “Alias” star Jennifer Garner is getting a big-time raise to remain with the ABC actioner.
Garner is closing in on a new deal with Touchstone Television that will at least triple her current salary to a healthy $150,000 per episode fee, or about $3.3 million for a 22-episode season. Industry insiders estimate her previous payday to be roughly $45,000 per seg.
In exchange for the bump in coin, Garner’s deal will be extended an additional year, locking her into the show through a seventh season (assuming the show runs that long). Series, which features a mix of action and family drama along with sci-fi-like elements such as the so-called Rambaldi prophecies and artifacts, is headed into its third season this fall.
Garner, who plays kick-ass agent Sydney Bristow on the J.J. Abrams-created Sunday skein, wasn’t a major Hollywood force when “Alias” bowed in fall 2001. But while the show hasn’t been a breakout hit ratings-wise, Garner’s star rocketed from almost the moment the skein debuted.
Entertainment mags jumped all over Garner, racing to put her on their covers. Her role in this spring’s Ben Affleck starrer “Daredevil,” as well as a memorable cameo in “Catch Me if You Can” last winter, jumpstarted Garner’s feature career.
Thesp is now signed to star in a “Daredevil” spinoff, reprising her role as Elektra. She’s also set to appear in the “Big”-like laffer “13 Going on 30.”
Garner’s raise was probably a given considering her rising feature career and ABC’s lack of any true hit dramas. But the estimated pricetag is a bit of an eye-opener given the only modest ratings success of “Alias” and uncertainty over the skein’s long-term backend potential.
Touchstone declined comment, as did Garner’s reps at Endeavor. Her publicist did not return a call late Thursday seeking comment.