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Highest Paid TV Stars

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:00PM
Eva Longoria ParkerIf the recession is still hurting your wallet, you may want to consider a career in TV.

TV Guide Magazine has released its annual list of the highest paid stars on television, highlighting salaries most people won't even see in their lifetime (as a preview: last season, the four 'Desperate Housewives' leads made a combined $38 million plus).

Who came out on top? Check out the top TV earners after the jump.
Eva Longoria ParkerIf the recession is still hurting your wallet, you may want to consider a career in TV.

TV Guide Magazine has released its annual list of the highest paid stars on television, highlighting salaries most people won't even see in their lifetime (as a preview: last season, the four 'Desperate Housewives' leads made a combined $38 million plus).

Who came out on top? Check out the top TV earners below.

Kiefer SutherlandHighest Paid Drama Stars

- Kiefer Sutherland, '24' ($550,000 per episode)
- Hugh Laurie, 'House' ($400,000 per episode)
- Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU' ($400,000 per episode)

Charlie SheenHighest Paid Comedy Stars
- Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men' ($875,000 per year, including earnings from Sheen's ownership stake in the series)
- Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria Parker and Teri Hatcher, 'Desperate Housewives' ($400,000 per episode)
- Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, Julie Kavner and Nancy Cartwright, 'The Simpsons' ($400,000 per episode)
- Zach Braff, 'Scrubs' ($350,000 per episode)

Kyra SedgwickHighest Paid Cable Drama Stars
- Kyra Sedgwick, 'The Closer' ($275,000 per episode)
- Denis Leary, 'Rescue Me' ($250,000 per episode)
- Glenn Close, 'Damages' ($200,000 per episode)

Katie CouricHighest Paid Anchors
- Katie Couric, 'CBS Evening News' ($15 million per year)
- Matt Lauer, 'Today' ($13 million per year)
- Diane Sawyer, 'Good Morning America' ($12 million per year)

Ryan SeacrestHighest Paid Reality Hosts
- Ryan Seacrest, 'American Idol' ($15 million per year)
- Jeff Probst, 'Survivor' ($150,000 per episode)
- Jon & Kate Gosselin, 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' ($75,000 per episode)

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