TV's richest stars, memorable holdouts

November 29, 2013 2:56 PM

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TV's richest stars, memorable holdouts

Before we start talking about what TV stars make, bear in mind it would take you weeks to count to a million.

But $1 million each, per episode, is what The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco (a.k.a. Sheldon, Leonard and Penny) are reportedly asking for in their next-season contract renegotiation -- up from their current $325,000.

If they get it, they will eclipse the current highest-paid weekly TV star, Two And A Half Men's Ashton Kutcher, who pulls $700,000 an episode.

As insane as those numbers sound, it represents a pay cut from network TV's glory days. In 1990s dollars, Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen both made well north of $1 million an episode for the last few seasons of Seinfeld and Home Improvement respectively (with the Seinfeld supporting cast pulling $600,000 per).


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