Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Chris Noth by Virginia Sherwood/NBC
Speaking of fireworks....
have until 5 pm today to accept a
-pay raise for the new season of
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
, which will be
airing on the more budget-conscious USA Network
. Sources tell the
, however, that the prospect of a salary freeze is
sitting well with the cast members, who typically enjoy at
a five percent year-to-year bump. Reps for Dick Wolf's production house and NBC Universal declined to comment on the talks.