Tuesday, August 28, 2012

African Americans on TV Guide’s TV’s Highest Paid Stars

Every year TV Guide publishes a “Who Makes What” issue where they list salaries of television stars whether by year or by episode. In the newest TV Guide report (August 13-16, 2012), the salaries of some of TV's biggest -- oldest, and newest -- stars were revealed. The approximate numbers came from conversations with agents, network executives and studio honchos.

You’d be surprised how much or how little some of these stars make. It must also be noted that some of these stars have been on their respective shows for years and or have been in the business for years and thus command a greater salary. For instance all of the adult stars of Modern Family make the same salary, but Ed O’Neill makes more because he has been in the business for a long time.

Below I have listed the African American actors (in red) on the lists and also as a barometer, I listed the top money earners as well as their nearest peers.
Below are the lists broken down into categories.

Vanessa Williams $100K
DRAMA (per episode)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU $385000
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Criminal Minds $100,000
Terry O’Quinn, 666 Park Avenue $100,000 
Vanessa Williams, 666 Park Avenue $100,000
Madeline Stowe, Revenge $75,000
Kerry Washington, Scandal $75,000
Giancarlo Espostio, Revolution $65,000
Sam Waterston, The Newsroom $65,000
Emily VanCamp, Revenge $65,000

CeeLo Green $100K
Mariah Carey, American Idol $17 Million (per season)
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol $15 Million (per season)
Howard Stern, America’s Got Talent $15 Million (per season)
Christina Aguilera, The Voice $225,000 (per episode)
CeeLo Green (and the other 2 judges) The Voice $100,000 (per episode)
Toni Braxton, Braxton Family Values $15,000 (per episode)
Richard Harrison, Pawn Stars $15,000 (per episode)

Sherri Shepard $1.5 Mil
DAYTIME (per year)
Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy $45 Million
Kelly Ripa, Live! With Kelly $20 million
Sherri Shepard, The View $1.5 million

Robin Roberts $6 Mil
NEWS (per year)
Matt Lauer, Today $21.5 Million
Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor $15 Million
Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News $13 Million
Robin Roberts, Good Morning America $6 Million
Soledad O’Brien, CNN’s Starting Point $1.5 Million
Don Lemon, CNN Newsroom $500,000

Don Cheadle $150K
COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men $700,000
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men $600,000
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock $300,000
Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons $300,000
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother $210,000
Modern Family (Adult Cast with the exception of Ed O’Neill) $175,000 Each
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies $150,000
Matthew Perry, Go On $150,000

Check out TV Guide Magazine to see more salaries.

Read my 2014 update of the salaries @ Shadow & Act here

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