Gone are the days when movies were considered more glamorous than TV shows and soaps. Since the last couple of years, TV show producers have upped their game by churning out some of the most interesting, visually appealing, and entertaining TV shows most of us are addicted to. They have understood that it just takes one episode to decide if the show is going to be super popular or fail miserably – all thanks to social media and the storm of live posts, which give you an honest opinion in real time. This has also encouraged them to invest a lot more money to improved production and create an experience similar to watching a movie, but in a longer format. Many A-list celebrities are also roped in on projects to increase the brand value of the show. And when these shows become viral – “bing-worthy shows”, production houses get richer and the checks of the cast members fatter.
Ever wondered how much do some of the famous celebrities earn for an episode of a TV show? Today is your lucky day as we offer you a peep into their paychecks. Remember, these numbers are NOT inclusive of income that the celebrities have earned from other projects or business ventures. So, brace yourself! We aren't responsible for heart attacks.
Zooey Deschanel – $130,000
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling – $140,000
How to Get Away with Murder
Viola Davis – $250,000
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – $250,000
Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Sofía Vergara, and Ty Burrell – $250,000
Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson’s Voice), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson’s Voice), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson’s Voice) & Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simposin’s Voice) – $315,000
Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, & Peter Dinklage – $500,000
The Big Bang Theory
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco – $1,000,000
The Tonight Show
Jimmy Fallon – $13 to $15M
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel – $13 to $15M
Bonus: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Ellen DeGeneres – $20M
Depressing? We felt the same. Well, at least we can make ourselves feel better by binge-eating while binge-watching these TV shows. Cheers!