'Sopranos' mob hits up network for cash

July 6, 2006 at 11:59 PM

NEWARK, N.J., July 6 (UPI) -- The "Sopranos" cast all jockeyed for pay raises in the final season with the last two New Jersey wise guys, Silvio and Paulie, holding out until the very end.

After months of intense negotiations and threats of quitting, Steven Van Zandt, who plays Silvio Dante, and Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri, reached a deal with HBO to take about $85,000 per episode -- almost double last season's price, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The bargaining between the goodfellas and the cable network continued to be hashed out while the rest of the show's cast had already been able to secure much more attractive deals.

Top dog James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano, gets $1 million per episode, while Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi) earns between $220,000-$230,000 per episode.

Aida Turturro (Janice) wil pull down $130,000-$140,000, while Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow) and Robert Iler (Tony Jr.) get $110,000-$120,000 apiece.

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