The Highest-Paid Actors On TV This Fall

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28. Claire Danes: $3 million

28. Claire Danes: $3 million

Television Show: "Homeland"

Season: 4

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Episodes this season: 12

Danes has won two Golden Globes and three Emmys for her role as Carrie Mathison on the Showtime series. Season four has a lot riding on it as the series tries to return to its glory days before the show began deviating from its original intention as a CIA show.

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27. Amy Poehler: $3.25 million

27. Amy Poehler: $3.25 million

Television Show: "Parks and Recreation"

Season: 7

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Episodes this season: 13

For the show's final season, Poehler gets a reported $50,000-per episode raise, but that's probably because the show was only given a 13-episode order. Unfortunately, this fall show won't return until midseason.

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26. Kerry Washington: $3 million

26. Kerry Washington: $3 million

Television Show: "Scandal"

Season: 4

Reported Salary: $150,000 / episode

Episodes this season: 22

The third season of Shonda Rhimes' juicy drama received the show's highest ratings yet with 10.5 million tuning into the ABC show.

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[TIE] 21. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet: $4.56 million

[TIE] 21. Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Eric Stonestreet: $4.56 million

Television Show: "Modern Family"

Season: 5

Reported Salary: $190,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

The cast renewed their contracts in 2012 leading to a big pay raise. Ed O'Neill, who was previously making more than his other cast members, also reportedly received a raise and is making $200,000 per episode.

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20. Tim Allen: $5.5 million

20. Tim Allen: $5.5 million

Television Show: "Last Man Standing"

Season: 4

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: Each season has varied in episode length. Last year the show had 22 episodes.

The ABC comedy was on the bubble to be picked up for a fourth season. Ratings have dipped significantly since its premiere in 2011.

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[TIE] 15. Patricia Heaton: $6 million

[TIE] 15. Patricia Heaton: $6 million

Television Show: "The Middle"

Season: 5

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

Last year, Heaton made a reported $235,000 per episode.

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[TIE] 15. Michael Weatherly: $6 million

[TIE] 15. Michael Weatherly: $6 million

Television Show: "NCIS"

Season: 11

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Episodes this season: 24

Weatherly recently signed a new deal with CBS Studios to return to the show for another two years and to produce new shows through his new production company, Solar Drive Productions.

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[TIE] 15. Ted Danson: $6 million

[TIE] 15. Ted Danson: $6 million

Television Show: "CSI"

Season: 15

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Episodes this season: 22

Danson replaced Laurence Fishburne on the popular CBS drama back in season 12.

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[TIE] 15. David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel: $6 million

[TIE] 15. David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel: $6 million

Television Show: "Bones"

Season: 10

Reported Salary: $250,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

The series will return to its old Monday timeslot this fall, but, after nearly a decade, some wonder whether the show has worn its welcome.

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[TIE] 11. Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith: $6.6 million

[TIE] 11. Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith: $6.6 million

Television Show: "The Simpsons"

Season: 26

Reported Salary: $300,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 22

The longest-running animated series is celebrating its 26th season with more than 550 episodes airing. Fans have "Family Guy" and "Futurama" crossover episodes to look forward to this fall.

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[TIE] 9. Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey: $8.4 million

[TIE] 9. Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey: $8.4 million

Television Show: "Grey's Anatomy"

Season: 11

Reported Salary: $350,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

Sandra Oh left the long-running drama at the end of last season, leaving Pompeo and Dempsey as the two highest-earning actors on the cast. Both stars renewed their contracts for another two years earlier this year.

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8. Simon Baker: $7.7 million

8. Simon Baker: $7.7 million

Television Show: "The Mentalist"

Season: 7

Reported Salary: $350,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 22

It's thought this may be the final season for the drama amid lower ratings and the fact that creator Bruno Heller is now overseeing new fall show "Gotham."

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7. Mariska Hargitay: $9.6 million

7. Mariska Hargitay: $9.6 million

Television Show: "Law & Order: SVU"

Season: 15

Reported Salary: $400,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

Hargitay has been nominated eight times for a Primetime Emmy, winning once in 2006.

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6. Mark Harmon: $12.6 million

6. Mark Harmon: $12.6 million

Television Show: "NCIS"

Season: 12

Reported Salary: $525,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 24

The most popular drama in the US for the past five years is also the most-watched show throughout the world. According to Variety, the show had over 57 million viewers in 2013. Harmon also serves as one of the show's executive producers.

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5. Jon Cryer: $14.3 million

5. Jon Cryer: $14.3 million

Television Show: "Two and a Half Men"

Season: 12

Reported Salary: $650,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 22

This will be the final season for the CBS comedy. An episode count hasn't officially been announced.

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4. Ashton Kutcher: $16.5 million

4. Ashton Kutcher: $16.5 million

Television Show: "Two and a Half Men"

Season: 12

Reported Salary: $750,000 / episode

Estimated episodes this season: 22

Previously, Kutcher was the highest-paid actor on network television.

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[TIE] 1. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons: $24 million

[TIE] 1. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons: $24 million

Television Show: "The Big Bang Theory"

Season: 8

Reported Salary: $1 million / episode

Episodes this season: 24

"The Big Bang Theory" cast received a big pay raise this year after renewing their contracts for seasons 8-10. The three stars previously made $325,000 per episode.

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