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‘Ray’ raises the roof

Backend deals bring peace to sitcom but Garrett balks

After two weeks of headaches and leg injuries, the producers of “Everybody Loves Raymond” have agreed to share some of their backend coin with series co-stars Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts.

Heaton, Boyle and Roberts have accepted the multimillion-dollar adjustments in their deals, but as of late Monday, Garrett seemed to be holding out for more money — even though CBS reps have begun talking to Garrett about a raise that would potentially double his income for the coming season.

Production is moving forward on another episode of “Raymond” sans Garrett.

Deal for Heaton, Boyle and Roberts — which comes after all three thesps mysteriously missed at least one day of work — calls for those three actors to finally be considered profit participants in “Raymond’s” nearly $1 billion backend booty. The casts of “Friends,” “Frasier,” “King of Queens,” “Will & Grace” and other major hit laffers already share in their skeins’ profits.

Divvying up profits

CBS, HBO Independent Prods., Worldwide Pants, exec producers Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano and a couple other parties all agreed to give up part of their profits so the others could be given a share. It’s expected the actors will divvy up between two and three “points” of the net profits among themselves, retroactive to season one, with Heaton possibly getting a bit more than Roberts and Boyle.

Just how much money the points represent is difficult to predict since the skein’s second syndie cycle hasn’t yet been sold. But at least two industry observers peg the value of one point in “Raymond” at a minimum of $10 million and possible $15 million-$20 million, when all is said and done.

All three thesps had been concerned that this would be the final season of the show, even though the actors had deals in place for a ninth season.

Now, if the ninth season never comes, thesps will be guaranteed to make at least as much in backend coin as they would have made in salary for that ninth season. And if Romano and Rosenthal agree to do a ninth season, the backend coin is gravy.

Salaries the same

No change has been made to the actors’ per-episode salaries.

Attorney Bill Skrzyniarz, who negotiated Heaton’s deal with attorney Jim Hornstein, said Heaton was happy with her new deal.

“Patty and her reps are pleased that we, the network, the studio and many, many other parties were able to put our heads together and work out a mutually fair resolution to certain long-standing compensation issues, in particular, financial compensation in the show,” Skrzyniarz told Daily Variety.

“The set continues to be a happy and productive one,” he added. “It was a very complex situation, which normally would spell a lot more trouble. But since all parties believe so strongly in and so loved the show, it was always just a matter of talking things out, which has been accomplished.”

As for the Garrett situation, CBS has begun talking to Garrett about his salary complaints, but as of yet, no deal has been reached.

$10 mil not enough?

One industry insider familiar with the situation said the Eye has offered the actor a deal that would pay him at least $10 million for the upcoming season of “Raymond,” including profit participation — more than 2½ times the roughly $4 million Garrett is set to make. That would put him on a par with Roberts and Boyle, but Garrett is said to be holding out for a deal equal to Heaton’s salary.

Both sides continued to talk, however, with some hope that a deal can be hammered out to get Garrett back on the show in time for taping of this week’s episode. Garrett’s character, Robert Barone, is not a heavy player in the episode, which is slated to air Sept. 29.

CBS declined comment.