Monday, August 16, 2010


 TV Guide Magazine recently published the salaries of TV's top earners.  After reading please feel free to join me  in the corner of my bedroom curled up in a ball  as I cry and scream to anyone that will listen "Why Not Me".

The top earners, by category:

Drama (per episode)

 Hugh Laurie (House) $400,000
Christopher Meloni & Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) $395,000 (each)
David Caruso (CSI: Miami) $375,000 
Marg Helgenberger (CSI) $375,000 
Mark Harmon (NCIS) $375,000
 Laurence Fishburne (CSI) $350,000
 Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)  $350,000 
Denis Leary (Rescue Me) $350,000
 Gary Sinise (CSI: NY ) $275,000
 Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)  $250,000
 David Boreanaz (Bones) $200,000 
Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) $200,000
 Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife ) $175,000 
Dana Delany (Body of Proof ) $150,000
 Lauren Graham (Parenthood) $150,000 
Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe) $150,000
 Jimmy Smits (Outlaw) $150,000
 LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) $125,000 
Chris O'Donnell (NCIS: Los Angeles) $125,000 
Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) $125,000 
Jason Lee (Memphis Beat) $125,000
 Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) $125,000
 Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) $125,000
 Michael Weatherly (NCIS) $125,000 
Matt Bomer (White Collar) $100,000
 Nathan Fillion (Castle) $100,000
 Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) $100,000
 Jon Hamm (Mad Men) $100,000
 Cole Hauser (Chase)  $100,000
 Alex O'Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) $100,000 
Timothy Olyphant (Justified  ) $100,000
 Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0) $80,000
 Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles) $75,000 
Anna Paquin (True Blood) $75,000
 Blair Underwood (The Event) $75,000
 Zachary Levi (Chuck) $60,000 
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) $40,000
 Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) $40,000
 Ashley Tisdale (Hellcats) $30,000 

Late Night/Talk Syndication (per year)Oprah Winfrey $315 million
 Judge Judy Sheindlin $45 million 
David Letterman (The Late Show) $28 million
 Jay Leno (The Tonight Show) $25 million 
Conan O'Brien (The Conan O'Brien Show) $10 million 
Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) $8 million 
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live) $6 million
 Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) $3.5 million
 George Lopez (Lopez Tonight) $3.5 million

 Reality (per year)
Ryan Seacrest
(American Idol) $15 million
 Joel McHale (The Soup) $2 million 
Piers Morgan (America's Got Talent) $2 million
 Kate Gosselin (Kate Plus 8) $250,000 per episode 
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (Jersey Shore) $30,000 per episode

 Comedy (per episode) 

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) $1.25 million
 Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) $550,000
 Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) $400,000 
Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) $400,000
 Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) $400,000 
Eva Longoria Parker (Desperate Housewives) $400,000
 Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) $400,000 
Julie Kavner (The Simpsons) $400,000 
Tina Fey (30 Rock) $350,000 
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) $350,000
 Steve Carell (The Office) $297,000
 Angus T. Jones (Two and a Half Men) $250,000
 David Duchovny (Californication) $200,000
 Kevin Dillon (Entourage) $200,000 
Adrian Grenier (Entourage) $200,000
 Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) $180,000Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) $175,000
 William Shatner ($#*! My Dad Says) $150,000 
David Spade (Rules of Engagement) $150,000
 Ed O'Neill (Modern Family) $100,000
 Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement) $85,000
 Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) $75,000 
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) $60,000
 Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) $60,000
 Ty Burrell (Modern Family) $50,000 
Jane Lynch (Glee) $50,000
 Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) $40,000
 Matthew Morrison (Glee) $30,000Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place) $30,000
 Dylan and Cole Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) $20,000 (each)
 Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family) $15,000

 News (per year) 

Matt Lauer (Today)  $16 million +
 Katie Couric (CBS) $15 million
 Brian Williams (NBC) $12.5 million 
Diane Sawyer (ABC) $12 million
 Meredith Vieira (Today) $11 million 
Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) $10 million 
George Stephanopoulos (ABC) $8 million 
Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) $7 million 
Shepard Smith (Fox News) $7 million 
Wolf Blitzer (CNN) $3 million
 Christiane Amanpour (ABC) $2 million
 Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) $2 million
 Eliot Spitzer (CNN) $500,000

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