Ashton Kutcher, Two and A Half Men ($750,000/Episode (R10.5 Million)
After Charlie Sheen got into it with the producers of “Two and a Half Men”, there were two options. They could either cancel the find someone to take his spot. CBS and the show’s producers decided to hire Ashton Kutcher to play Walden Schmidt, a multi-millionaire who bought Charlie’s old house. Ratings aren’t the same from when Sheen starred on the show, explaining the pay difference. At least Kutcher has the largest trailer ever given to an actor on set in Hollywood.
Charlie Sheen, Two and A Half Men ($1.8 Million/ Episode (R25.5 Million)
This is ridiculous in salary and Charlie was more than willing to walk away from it when he got into a fight with CBS and Chuck Lorre. He may have only done 100 episodes on the sitcom Anger Management, it’s still 99 more episode than most new sitcoms even get a chance to do. Charlie isn’t doing many acting gigs but who needs to after earning his salary for 8 years.
Claire Danes, Homeland ($250,000/Episode (R3.5 Million)
After the movie Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, her career hasn’t really gone anywhere. So when we saw her in a leading role for Homeland. It took a while for some of us to get used to her in this type of character role. The sitcom has been running since 2011, and Danes plays Carrie Mathison. She has done a tremendous job with the lead role.
Michael C. Hall, Dexter ($300,000 /Episode (R4.3 Million)
Hall was introduced to us in Six Feet Under for more than 60 episodes, so seeing him in Dexter wasn’t like we were being introduced to someone new, just a new character he was playing. Dexter was a must-see show for the first few seasons before the quality started fading very fast. The last season of the show in 2013 was the worst in the series, but there are a lot of die-hard fans who have fond memories of the murdering doctor.
Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo, & Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy ($350,000/Episode (R4.9 Million)
Who can forget the whole McDreamy phase that launched Dempsey into a household name? Unless you have watched the 1987 movie can’t Buy Me Love, then you have already been introduced to him. Ellen Pompeo is the envied lady who plays Patrick’s love interest and Sandra is her best friend in the show. Grey’s Anatomy has been on the air and has been since 2005. Being renewed for the 12th Season which is airing in 2015 and will continue into 2016
William Petersen, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ($500,000 /Episode (R7 Million)
William Petersen is more known in the theatre world. William became a household name when he portrayed Dr Gilbert Grissom on CSI. Making the show what it is but when William left the CSI unit in 2013, a lot of fans where left devastated, I doubt his bank account was complaining.
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ($500,000/Episode (R7 Million)
Before becoming the infamous Detective Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU with Chris Meloni. Mariska was taking minor roles on TV shows and movies. Her role as Detective Olivia Benson has led her to create the Joyful Heart Foundation, which provides support to women who have been sexually abused.
Mark Harmon, NCIS ($525,000/Episode (R7.5 Million)
Harmon plays the character most associated with the TV series NCIS, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Before becoming an actor, Harmon played football at UCLA and was a quarterback for two years. His UCLA career didn’t make him famous, but it did get him a hall of fame nod in 2010. He landed the role of Dr Robert Caldwell on the series St. Elsewhere in 1983. Even with minor roles here and there his name was known and when he became one of the principal characters for NCIS, which sealed his talent as an actor.
Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, & Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory ($1 Million/Episode (R14.2 Million)
“The Big Bang Theory” is a show that you either love or hate. The show is one of the few sitcoms that has changed greatly in diversity from the start to now but still grows with viewers and fans all around the globe. The story line no matter how things change seem to relate the best with a little of everyone out there.