By Wayne Harada
For the first time, Ashton Kutcher is TV’s top-paid actor, earning $24 million from June 2012 to June 2013, according to Forbes Magazine.
Kutcher replaced the self-destructing Charlie Sheen on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” earning top bucks in the process, but he’s also a top tech investor, collects residuals from “That ’70s Show” and pulls a nice salary for those Nikon Coolpix commercials.
Here’s the Top 10 best-paid TV actors, in descending order for the same period; you probably know their affiliations/shows:
• Ashton Kutcher, $24 million.
• Jon Cryer, $21 million.
• Ray Romano, $16 million.
• Neil Patrick Harris, $15 million.
• Mark Harmon, $15 million.
• Patrick Dempsey, $13 million.
• Tim Allen, $11 million.
• Angus T. Jones, $11 million.
• Michael C. Hall, $10 million.
• Charlie Sheen, $10 million.
Interestingly, Sheen still commands a huge salary, despite his fall from grace.
Curiously, all three principals of “Two and a Half Men” made the Top 10, though Jones is on his way out after online postings of disparaging things about the show this year; he’s being replaced by a new character, a long-lost daughter of the Sheen's.
Amazingly, everybody still loves Raymond — that is, Romano — despite the cancellation of his “Men of a Certain Age” cable show.
Neil Patrick Harris, of CBS' “How I Met Your Mother;” Mark Harmon, of the top-rated CBS procedural, “NCIS;” and Patrick Dempsey, of ABC's popular “Grey’s Anatomy” medical drama, holds up over time — in ratings and in paychecks.
And considering the popularity of “The Big Bang Theory,” where is the lead geek, Jim Parsons?