The Surprising Salaries of Stars in Three Hit Shows
Whether you like your television on network TV, online or on cable TV, the upcoming seasons of these shows will surely leave you speechless. Whether or not the stars’ salaries do the same is another story!
Network – The Blacklist
The Blacklist was the most recorded show last fall. Around 17 million viewers watched the new favorite starring James Spader, but it’s Monday night slot wasn’t always convenient for some to watch live. Surprisingly, despite his cult following and his amazing performance itself, Spader makes a reported $175,000 per episode. That’s a lot of money, but not when you compare it to some of the record breakers of the year. (Cough. Big Bang Theory. Cough.)
Online – House of Cards
Netflix has been a sneaky vixen with so many hit shows up its leave, it’s making network and cable TV alike shake in their boots. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are absolutely flawless at the Underwoods and their salaries reflect that. Spacey will earn $9 million for the next season and Wright will earn an amount just shy of that. Turns out this on screen power couple is also a force of reckoning off screen. (Well, at least they are professionally.)
Cable – Game of Thrones
People don’t just watch the HBO hit Game of Thrones. There is no way to casually watch the show. Every person who watches it becomes completely obsessed it seems. While the cast is large, it may still surprise you that Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey only make $150,000 per episode. Of course, the show itself is expensive to make and that’s not chump change by any means, but the stars of Chuck Lorre shows always seem to rake in the big bucks so our view is distorted now.