Cast from ''How I Met Your Mother'' gets raises

The cast of CBS' hot comedy series "How I Met Your Mother" got something extra for the holidays: salary bumps.

But in a sign of the tough economic times, the five "Mother" stars didn't hit the mother lode that some expected despite the show's solid ratings and strong syndication sales.

After months of renegotiations, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan recently inked new deals with producing studio 20th Century Fox TV that will bring their salaries up to $90,000-$120,000 per episode.

On average, that's between two and three times what they made before -- a big raise, especially given that Radnor, Segel and Smulders were virtually unknown before they were cast. Still, it's lower than the pay for the ensembles of other comedies at similar points in their runs, like NBC's "The Office."

The new pacts, retroactive to the beginning of this season, the show's fourth, also add an extra year to the five actors' original seven-year contracts.

The "Mother" salary renegotiations followed the lucrative off-network syndication deals in September with stations in the top markets and Lifetime estimated to potentially bring Fox $2.5- $3 million per episode in the first cycle.

They also come as "Mother" continues to enjoy ratings momentum, which started after the writers strike ended last spring and carried over to this fall.

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Jan 9, 2009 6:20PM EST

Congrats to the cast! They definitely deserve it... and an extra year added to their contracts? Well that just means more HIMYM love for us.

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Jan 12, 2009 1:29AM EST

I'm glad they got raises, but I wish they'd gotten enough to be making what The Office actors make. I love both shows, and think the HIMYM cast does just as good a job of making me laugh. I will say, though, I disagree with the comment about Jason Segel being unknown before this show. He's been making me laugh for many years.

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