HR Strange But True!
August 18, 2011

While the entertainment industry is also looking to cut back costs, some actors are still making big bucks on television programs. Just ask Charlie Sheen’s replacement, Ashton Kutcher, whose contract makes him the highest-paid sitcom actor.

Kutcher will be receiving $700,000 per episode for his role on Two and a Half Men, according to TV Guide. While this figure is well above average for TV lead roles (around $125,000 per episode,) it’s actually less than his predecessor, Charlie Sheen.

Sheen, who was fired from Two and a Half Men, set the bar high for TV compensation. In 2010, Sheen brought in $1.25 million per episode! With compensation like that, it’s no wonder why we’re seeing more of Hollywood’s heavyweights taking jobs on the small screen.

Three veteran TV actors, Tim Allen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Ted Danson are starring in new shows, each making $225,000 an episode.

However, some shows are taking a hit and losing key actors, partially over compensation issues. These include Law and Order: SVU with star Chris Meloni (Stabler) and Live! With Regis and Kelly with star Regis Philbin.


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