Re-up keeps ‘JAG’ flying

Elliot gets raise, will make 300K per episode

“JAG” star David James Elliott has re-enlisted for another two seasons of the CBS military drama, snagging a healthy raise in the process.

Elliott will pull down about $300,000 per episode to remain with the show, or around $6.5 million per season, industry insiders said. He had been making a bit north of $200,000 per seg before.

With Elliott’s pact in place, it’s now all but certain that “JAG,” which also stars Catherine Bell, will return for an eighth season this fall. Bell already had a deal in place for next season.

Deal comes after a protracted renegotiation struggle with Paramount Network Television, which produces “JAG” for Viacom sibling CBS. Elliott had been seeking an even bigger raise than the one he got, and that led to much speculation that the Par/CBS backdoor pilot for a “JAG” spinoff — which starred Mark Harmon and aired this week — could actually be a potential “JAG” replacement.

Other observers downplayed such talk and said the tussle between Par and Elliott was just the usual studio-talent squabbling that goes on when contracts are up, albeit with a bit more rancor than usual. Those insiders believe CBS was ready to pick up the Don Bellisario-produced “JAG” with or without UTA-repped Elliott.

Elliott has played Cmdr. Harmon Rabb since “JAG” bowed on NBC in 1995. Skein jumped to CBS a year later and has placed second in total viewers Tuesday nights at 8 vs. tough competition from Fox’s “American Idol.”

CBS and Par declined comment on the deal.

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