Charlie Sheen the year's highest-paid TV actor
The plethora of highest-paid whomevers from Forbes is getting a bit ridiculous, THe Juice* thinks. To wit: Five of the top 10 highest-paid TV actors don't even work in TV anymore, so how is this list at all pertinent to your daily lives? Well, it's as pertinent as learning who makes the most millions while you save up for remote control batteries ever was.
No. 1 this year is Charlie Sheen, who brought in an estimated $40 million after melting down offscreen, getting booted off Two And a Half Men, suing producer/creator Chuck Lorre and settling for a reported $25 million, all on top of his already hefty salary. He's got a project called Anger Management in the works, but nothing's concrete yet, so we hope Charlie is saving his pennies.
No. 2 is Ray Romano, who scored $20 millionbetween May 2010 and 2011 even though TNT canceled his show Men of a Certain Age. He still gets plenty in Everybody Loves Raymond residuals, however. Steve Carell, who came in third with $15 million, left The Office last season, but he's making movies and should be okay. NCIS's Mark Harmon pulls in $13 million for starring in the highly rated crime procedural, while Jon Cryer and Laurence Fishburne tied for fifth with $11 million; Cryer doesn't seem to be missing costar Sheen, and Fishburne bid adieu to CSI and was replaced by Ted Danson.
Rounding out the bottom of the group is Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey ($10 million), The Mentalist's Simon Baker ($9 million), House's Hugh Laurie (also $9 million) and Chris Meloni (again $9 million), who is off Law & Order: SVU after contract negotiations fell apart. He really wanted Dempsey's spot.
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