Meet the new king, same as the old king.
If you want to get rich in television, apparently there is one sure-fire way to do it: star on Two and a Half Men. Last year, Charie Sheen was the highest paid TV actor in Hollywood, earning upwards of $35 million dollars. As he has now left the CBS series behind, Ashton Kutcher, his replacement, has filled his shoes once again. Kutcher earned $24 million from May 2011 to May 2012, making him the highest-paid actor on television, according to Forbes Magazine. Lucky for both of them that talent isn't a prerequisite towards getting a big payday.
Right behind Kutcher, for at least one last year, was Hugh Laurie. He earned $18 million dollars, but is unlikely to come anywhere close to that again as House has ended its run and the doctor has checked out.
Everybody Loves Raymond might be a thing of the past, but it still brings in some big syndication money to Ray Romano, who also earned $18 million. His last series, Men of a Certain Age, was canceled last year, so he is likely to drop some over the course of the next year.
30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and, in a surprise, NCIS star Mark Harmon round out the top five, with each landing $15 million. I would have guessed the first four, but not Harmon.
Rounding out the top 10 are Tim Allen, Jon Cryer, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Jason Segel (there is a tie at the end, hence 11).