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Dec 14 2008, 06:53 PM
Dec 14 2008, 05:54 PM
I donīt think so. First, nobody knows whatīs inside his contract. He is not exactly a star and even admitted himself he is happy to even have a job, so he probably has just a standart newbie-like contract with a minimum guarantee and six week cycle.

And the day players are paid more for a shooting day than newbie contract players, itīs even a part of the union rules. Besides this is nothing new. Or Iīm the only one who remembers all the "contract players" Sheffer add to the show during the Shelle island story only to be unrecemoniously fired as soon as the story ended? There is really nothing to worry about, itīs just a financial precaution.

I can guarantee you that Callahan is not working for scale having been the the business for over 20 years.

Also, a day player does not make more per day that a contract player.

Scale for a principal performer (over 10 lines) is $891 per episode
Scale for a day player (less than 10 lines) is $344 for episode

Yeah but do you really think he is getting vet pay? I don't think so. Even if he is, he probably has a low guarantee so he's not very expensive.

I think what Jane said is right. They want to make sure they keep him around because he is talented rather then lose him and have to hire someone else or hire a inexperienced actor. I think this is very much like the contract players that came on under Hogan.

I don't think this is a long-term thing and I've heard from a few people over the years (don't ask who because it's people off the boards who I have to sort of protect LOL) that it's much easier and more preferred, particularly now, to put someone on contract. It protects the show from losing the actor and it's cheaper then recurring in that you don't have to pay them everytime they appear.

I think it's unfair to lump this in with the cast cuts. The guy won't last long. Nothing the show has done so far suggests him becoming a permanent player beyond the Nicole story. I think you can make the case that Dr. Taylor may but not Dr. Baker.
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