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Charlie Sheen, Mariska Hargitay Among TV's Highest Paid Stars
AccessHollywood ^ | October 01st 2009

Posted on 10/01/2009 11:01:48 PM PDT by Steelfish

Charlie Sheen, Mariska Hargitay Among TV's Highest Paid Stars

Wed Sep 30

Charlie Sheen is at the top of the scripted TV heap, according to TV Guide.

The mag reported that the "Two and a Half Men" star takes home $875,000 an episode for his role as Charlie Harper on the CBS sitcom.

Last year, "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini led the pack with a whopping $1 million an episode for the final season of the HBO mob drama.

Among the rest of TV's highest paid men in 2009 are "24" star Keifer Sutherland ($550,000 an episode), "House" doctor Hugh Laurie ($400,000) and Christopher Meloni of "Law & Order: SVU" ($400,000).

Lower down on the list were such stars as "30 Rock's" Alec Baldwin ($300,000), "Grey's Anatomy's" McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey ($250,000) and "Mad Men" main man Jon Hamm, who earns $75,000 per episode -

just above "Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford ($50,000). On the ladies' side, Christopher Meloni's "Law & Order: SVU" counterpart brings home top dollar - along with a quartet of successful "Housewives."

Mariska Hargitay earns $400,000 an episode for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's "SVU," tying her with four "Desperate Housewives" stars - Eva Longoria Parker, Teri Hatcher, Marica Cross and Felicity Huffman.

TV's other highest-paid women include "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey ($300,000) and "The Closer's" Kyra Sedgwick ($275,000). However, actors aren't the only ones in TV land with serious paychecks.

Among the stars of late night, CBS' David Letterman earns $32 million a year, outdistancing the salary of any actor - and also his NBC competitors, Jay Leno ($30 million) and Conan O'Brien ($14 million). And a number of newscasters are also top earners, led by Katie Couric at $15 million a year and Matt Lauer at $13 million.

(Excerpt) Read more at tv.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chat; hollywood; sheen

1 posted on 10/01/2009 11:01:48 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Big bucks. IIRC, Kelsey Grammer was making $1.4-$1.6 million per episode of Fraiser.


2 posted on 10/01/2009 11:19:27 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Steelfish

ugh


3 posted on 10/01/2009 11:19:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Really, who are these imbeciles (apparently many) who still continue to fill their minds with this sordid mush?


4 posted on 10/01/2009 11:22:04 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I don’t watch any of the shows mentioned at all. Give the big bucks to Adam Baldwin (Chuck) and Nathan Fillion (Castle) for being awesome. Oh, and I think Sinise is on one of the CSIs. Pay the man.


5 posted on 10/01/2009 11:24:20 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Steelfish

“Charlie, it’s Emilio on the phone. What should I tell him?”


6 posted on 10/01/2009 11:28:44 PM PDT by james500
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To: james500

“Tell him Bush brought down the towers!”


7 posted on 10/01/2009 11:30:59 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: james500
“Charlie, it’s Emilio on the phone. What should I tell him?”

Two coats of wax, vacuum the trunk and make sure to clean out the ashtrays.

8 posted on 10/01/2009 11:32:52 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Steelfish

What a total waste of cash.


9 posted on 10/01/2009 11:34:28 PM PDT by Tempest (I believe in the sanctity of life... As long as you can afford it.)
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To: Steelfish
Is Obama going to set their salaries too?

They get paid millions to play pretend. How quaint.

10 posted on 10/01/2009 11:34:42 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Conservatives THINK people are smart. Liberals KNOW people are stupid.)
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Though Sheen tries to stay away from arriving at any conclusions at to who he thinks might have been behind the attacks which is refreshing considering how so many others questioners have jumped to conclusions.


11 posted on 10/01/2009 11:35:20 PM PDT by Republic_of_Secession.
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To: Rastus

And then there’s that. Can I assume that now I know what $875,000 worth of cocaine a week does to the human brain?


12 posted on 10/01/2009 11:40:04 PM PDT by james500
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To: Steelfish

LA hookers are now flush with cash - I guess you could call it the (involuntary) drip down economy…


13 posted on 10/01/2009 11:41:34 PM PDT by Yossarian
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To: MediaMole

Brutal. But nobody needs to tell him to check the ashtrays, that’s the best part of the job.


14 posted on 10/01/2009 11:42:08 PM PDT by james500
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To: Steelfish

15 posted on 10/01/2009 11:42:10 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: Steelfish

“Mad Men” main man Jon Hamm, who earns $75,000 per episode....

been watching that on DVD


16 posted on 10/01/2009 11:47:32 PM PDT by dennisw (Free Republic is an island in a sea of zombies)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

She is the late Jayne Mansfield’s daughter....(for the old timers)


17 posted on 10/02/2009 12:26:32 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Steelfish; All
I don't understand how these stars can command these salaries. I don't know anyone who watches Network TV any longer. I haven't watched Network TV in ages with the possible exception of ball games.

I guess there are still people who do watch Network TV. It kills me that Charlie Sheen makes so much money. He's a terrible actor in everything I've seen him in. Go figure.
18 posted on 10/02/2009 1:53:47 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Steelfish

Somebody call the compensation czar.


19 posted on 10/02/2009 2:04:36 AM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: goat granny
"She is the late Jayne Mansfield’s daughter....(for the old timers)"

That's right, both she and her brothers were in the car crash that killed their mother.

20 posted on 10/02/2009 2:15:27 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Steelfish
Charlie Sheen, Mariska Hargitay Among TV's Highest Paid Stars

I know who Charlie Sheen is, he's Emilio Estevez's brother or cousin or something like that, the sad sack who hires high priced hookers. I think the last thing I saw with him in it was "Young Guns." No clue he was still working.

Mariska Hargitay? Never heard of her. Is she hot?

21 posted on 10/02/2009 3:12:48 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: MediaMole

HAHAHAHA!!!


22 posted on 10/02/2009 3:13:13 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Equal pay for equal work
MMMM, MMMM, MMMM


23 posted on 10/02/2009 3:14:01 AM PDT by RoshYisrael
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

She’s just as beautiful as her parents isn’t she?

Who would have thought a tart like her mom and a weightlifter lughead would have produced such a good actress.


24 posted on 10/02/2009 3:14:24 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Oh yeah, not to mention she’s not in a mental institution for watching part of her mom’s head get lopped off. Sheesh, that would have damaged me for life!


25 posted on 10/02/2009 3:15:06 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Steelfish
"..David Letterman earns $32 million a year.."

And that's not counting the..uh..fringe benefits.

26 posted on 10/02/2009 3:38:06 AM PDT by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: Steelfish

I think Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer) is one of the best actresses on the tube.


27 posted on 10/02/2009 6:08:47 AM PDT by randita (Release ALL the ACORN video now or risk having it deep sixed by Holder.)
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To: Steelfish

98% of TV is nothing but crap


28 posted on 10/02/2009 6:22:21 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
I so have the hots for that woman. *drool*


29 posted on 10/02/2009 6:27:02 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Wow- hot for sure!


30 posted on 10/02/2009 9:26:58 AM PDT by Steelfish
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