TV has always been a parallel form of entertainment to cinema and sometimes even the more preferred one for obvious reasons. TV is more addictive as it is easily accessible and you can watch within the comforts of your homes. In the last two decades or so we have noticed that TV stars are getting paid as much as some top rated movie icons if not more. Also the contents in TV are getting more experimentative, bolder and inclusive by the day. Besides TV doesn’t discriminate, if someone is talented they always finds work on its various platforms, be it comedy, drama or reality TV. Today let’s have a look at the list of highest paid actors on TV right now. FYI this list only features actors of shows which aired (or will) air in 2017 or is being shot in 2017 to be aired in 2018.
15. Kiefer Sutherland for ‘Designated Survivor’
If an actor gets to play the American President on American television it can be said that he has made it as an actor. Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland is in the best phase of his career right now playing the POTUS in the hit ABC series ‘Designated Survivor’. The series which was decorated with the Critic’s Choice Television Award for ‘Most Exciting New Series’ was watched by over 10 million viewers on its debut on network television. With such praise and accolades from all over the lead of the show was bound to get a hefty amount as his salary. Sutherland pockets no less than $300,000 per episode, thus catapulting him into the big league of television’s who’s who. With a second season being confirmed for the show the legend of Sutherland will only keep growing bigger and better.
14. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman for ‘Big Little Lies’
The HBO dark comedy ‘Big Little Lies’ was one of the highlight TV moments of 2017. With its stylish production design, risqué content and mega star studded appeal – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern – it made its way into people’s and critics’ hearts. Witherspoon also served as one of the executive producers of the show but it was obvious she didn’t exert her influence into getting a meatier role. Each and every character had their own individual arc as they navigate through life in all its complexity and glory. Kidman and Woodley were particularly good as they had to enact some of the most emotionally challenging bits of the show. Since it was a limited series and the leads were primarily movie stars they were not paid as much as their films but Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman took home a payment of $350,000 per episode. There were seven episodes in total so you can do the math yourself.
14. Emma Stone for ‘Maniac’