Reality may have taken a bite out of The West Wing's ratings this season, but NBC still has faith in the Emmy-winning White House drama. The Peacock network is thisclose to securing a three-year deal to renew the show, a pact that would keep Martin Sheen in office until 2006. According to USA Today, the new deal would call for NBC to shell out about $6 million an episode triple what the Peacock pays now. However, Variety estimates the new fee to be $4 million to $5 million an episode.
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