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Jim Parsons Tops List of Highest Paid TV Actors With $25.5 Million
“The Big Bang Theory” actors fill the top four slots of the 2016 “highest paid TV actors” list released by Forbes on Thursday.
Jim Parsons once again leads the pack with $25.5 million (before management fees and taxes). The four time Emmy-winning actor and his co-star Johnny Galecki, who is second on the list, both command a $1 million per episode salary. Still, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who topped the list for female TV actors clobbers their earnings with $43 million.
Simon Helberg, who also scored a supporting role in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” is third on the list with $22.5 million. Kunal Nayyar is the fourth and final star of the CBS sitcom to round out the top of the list.
View the full list of highest paid TV actors below:
15. Justin Chambers — $9.5 million »
- Seth Kelley
Freeform Developing Late-Night Show With Comedian Iliza Shlesinger (Exclusive)
Freeform is stepping into the late-night arena.
The cabler is developing a late-night series with comedian Iliza Shlesinger, Variety has learned exclusively.
The late-night show will feature Shlesinger’s unique voice that reflects the audience and “what’s happening in the moment” with a fresh comedic spin. Shlesinger says the series will set itself apart from other shows in the genre because her voice has a feminine side to it, but she’s not afraid to be unabashed in her opinions.
“It has been my goal since I was a kid,” Shlesinger tells Variety of hosting a late-night show. “I used to take a recorder around and interview my parents and do impressions of my classmates as guests on my show. I started working on this goal in Hollywood years ago. I think comedy and the perception of women in comedy has evolved to a place where this show can finally be a reality on my own »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC Developing ‘Cagney & Lacey’-Esque Female Police Drama
ABC has put in development a drama procedural from British writer-actress Lizzie Mickery (The Bill) and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company. Written by Mickery, the untitled drama is about a team of female detectives. Here is the official description: Law and Justice. You can’t always have both. Billie Law and Martha Lee will fight to make sure you get what you deserve. Mickery executive produces with Tranter and Gardner. ABC Studios is the… »
Ratings: MacGyver Debuts With a Bang, 11-Year Audience High for Time Slot
Using little more than tin foil, plaster dust and three paper clips, CBS’ MacGyver opened big on Friday, drawing 10.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, easily outperforming The Amazing Race‘s year-ago premiere in the time slot (5.8 mil/1.2) and dominating the night in both measures.
RelatedCBS’ MacGyver: Is the New Mac Loaded With Enough Cool Features?
All told, MacGyver gave CBS its biggest audience in the Friday lead-off spot in 11 years (Ghost Whisperer) and its best demo number in nearly four (Undercover Boss). TVLine readers gave the pilot an average grade of “C+.”
Hawaii Five-0 in turn returned to its best numbers since Jan. »
Courtney Cox & Lisa Kudrow Are There For Each Other For ‘Friends’ Quiz
The Friends reunion fans have been clamoring for since the series ended its 10-season run in 2004 is probably never going to happen (or, isn’t happening anytime soon anyway). But it’s always nice when two or more of the old gang get together, for instance when real life friends Lisa Kudrow and Courtney Cox appeared on Celebrity Name Game (which Cox co-executive produces) for a game of Friends trivia. You probably know how the game is played: the answers appeared on a… »
The Flash's Candice Patton Teases 'Sweet' Barry/Iris Scenes in Season 3
The Flash will change things up in a big way in Season 3 with the Flashpoint alternate timeline, but one thing will remain the same amidst the disturbance: Barry and Iris’ love.
No matter how much the speedster tinkers with the timeline in the premiere episode (airing Oct. 4 at 8/7c on The CW), Iris remains “his constant,” the girl that he pines for in every reality, star Candice Patton (Iris) tells TVLine.
RelatedFall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites, Including The Flash
“You’ll get to see Barry try and woo her in Flashpoint,” the actress previews. “It’s really, »
Outfest: Jill Soloway and Freeform Will Be Honored With Legacy Awards
Jill Soloway just won her second Emmy for directing “Transparent,” and now the writer/director and cable network Freeform will be honored at Outfest’s 2016 Legacy Awards. The event will take place on Sunday, October 23 at the performing arts venue Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.
“Jill Soloway has elevated the current transgender conversation like no one else and presents another facet of the Lgbt family with dignity, honesty, and humor,” stated Christopher Racster, Executive Director of Outfest. “There is no other network in the current landscape that is doing more to represent the current attitudes and philosophies of younger viewing audiences than Freeform. Their programming reflects that the path forward for so many young people today is not straight but one full of choices and options and recognizing that gives us all more equality and understanding.”
- Liz Calvario
Girl Meets World Review: To Be Liked, or Not to Be Liked
The high school years of Girl Meets World have been a rough ride. It’s been a difficult adjustment for everyone, but especially for Riley. Expecting the world to be a bright, sunshiny place where everything works itself out was too much to hope for. For a large portion of the season Riley has been left disappointed by reality. That’s how it should be. Riley should be waking up to how the world really is. It shouldn’t change the light she tries to spread, but she needs to grow up. Unfortunately Girl Meets World produces another episode which overdramatizes several important
Girl Meets World Review: To Be Liked, or Not to Be Liked »
- Araceli Aviles
‘Tracey Ullman’s Show’ Trailer Sends Up Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and More
Tracey Ullman is back on television with a hilarious new sketch series “Tracey Ullman’s Show.” The first trailer for the comedy, set to debut next month on HBO, has been released and features the comedian impersonating Maggie Smith, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Judi Dench keying a car and slashing the tires right in front of the owner.
The six-episode series will show Ullman portraying a wide array of everyday people and famous faces, as well as look at modern life on the British side of the pond. The first season aired earlier this year in the U.K. and has already been renewed for a second season.
In 1987 Ullman starred in her own comedy sketches series “The Tracey Ullman Show” on Fox. She then worked with HBO from 1996 to 1999 on her show “Tracey Takes On… »
- Liz Calvario
Hawaii Five-0: Inside Jack Lord's CGI Cameo and That Insane Chase Scene Aka 'The French Connection on Foot'
CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 got people talking with Friday night’s Season 7 premiere, which surprised us with an uncanny cameo and then wowed us with an epic, parkour-filled foot chase.
RelatedRatings: MacGyver Opens With a Bang, H50 Surges vs. 2015 Premiere
TVLine hopped on the phone with showrunner Peter M. Lenkov to talk about recreating the late Jack Lord — who of course played Steve McGarrett on the original H50 — for a heart-to-heart with Alex O’Loughlin’s team leader, as well as find out the trickiest part about filming that extended, white-knuckle chase.
Tvline | Where did the Jack Lord idea suddenly sprout from, »
‘Big Bang’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Lucifer’, ‘Good Place’ Lead Premiere Monday L3 Ratings Gains
The first Live+3 results for the 2016-17 season are in, and the DVR+VOD lifts are on par with last year. Like last year, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory logged the largest absolute L+3 gain, +1.6 rating in 18-49 and +4.43 million viewers. That was in line with last fall’s premiere increases, +1.7 and +4.29 million. Year vs. year, Big Bang‘s opener is down -16% in the demo and -10 in viewers. Still, with 20 million+, in its 10th season Big Bang is drawing a massive audience that… »
Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow Reunite for Friends Round on Celebrity Name Game
Monica Geller didn’t have the best of luck when it came to lightning rounds, but portrayer Courteney Cox appears to be a bonafide champ.
The Friends alumna played opposite Lisa Kudrow on the syndicated Celebrity Name Game Tuesday, and in this newly released outtake, quizzes her former co-star to see how much she remembers about their 1994-2004 sitcom.
Donald Trump Takes Mark Cuban’s Pre-Debate Bait; Bill Maher Joins Celebs Prepping For Monday – Update
Updated Saturday Afternoon Gop presidential candidate Donald Trump took Mark Cuban’s pre-debate bait today. Though Trump had previously signaled that he wouldn’t dredge up the Clintons’ marital problems during Monday’s presidential debate, he apparently doesn’t mind going there before the big face-off. Responding to Cuban’s tweeted announcement that the Shark Tank co-star (and Hillary supporter) would be in the front row at Monday’s “Humbling at Hofstra,” Trump crudely… »
Lisa Kudrow Reunites With Courteney Cox for ‘Friends’ Trivia Game
Phoebe and Monica got back together to test their “Friends” knowledge on “Celebrity Name Game” which originally aired Sept. 20.
“I was married to him.” Chandler Bing
“Where we had coffee.” Central Perk
“You sang a song about it.” Smelly Cat
The only clue that caused the unflappable Kudrow to even mildly stumble was, “He was across the way. We would look at him through the binoculars.”
The answer: “Ugly Naked Guy.”
Overall the two ace the quiz and end the match with an adorable high five.
Nearly all of the core six members of the “Friends” crew reunited as recently as February during NBC’s tribute to director James Burrows. Matthew Perry was sadly absent because he was filming in London.
Still, when they’re not quizzing each other on Craig Ferguson’s »
- Seth Kelley
‘MacGyver’ Off To Strong Ratings Start On Friday, ‘The Exorcist’ Modest In Debut
Snapshot: New series premieres: CBS’ MacGyver (1.7 in 18-49, 10.9 million), the highest-rated and most watched program of the night; Fox's The Exorcist (1.0, 2.9 million). Returning series: MacGyver-boosted Hawaii Five-0 was up, and ABC’s Last Man Standing and Blue Bloods were even; everything else was down. Do the broadcast networks need extensive development season and pilots? In May, CBS put MacGyver on the fall schedule on a title, wing and a prayer after discarding… »
‘Pitch’: A Plea On Behalf Of Baseball-Loving Women
Hey Dan Fogelman,
I know we don’t know each other, but recently you’ve become an important part of my life. Actually, you’ve become an important part of many women and girls’ lives. You probably have some sense of this given all the publicity your new show, “Pitch,” has received these past few months, but I’ll bet it hasn’t quite hit you… yet.
In ball terms, let’s say it’s the ninth inning. Team W is down by three and you’re up to bat with the bases loaded. Two outs, naturally. Our weakest hitter (we’ll call her Every Sitcom Wife Ever) is up next so you’ve really got to get this done, Dan. A single, double or triple won’t do. We need you to »
- Amber Dowling
‘SNL’s’ Latina Cast Member Controversy: Melissa Villaseñor Deleted Racist Tweets
“Saturday Night Live’s” first Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor, stirred up controversy for deleting almost 2,000 tweets, which include some that many critics are calling racist. Writer Aura Bogado first noticed the removal of many tweets in less than a week and called the situation “odd.”
I'm excited about the first latina on SNL but not gonna lie: deleting 2K tweets in 5 days is… odd. pic.twitter.com/p7D5Alm6qE
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) September 17, 2016
Upon doing more research, she and various other users, including writer April Reign, also noticed that many of Villaseñor’s since-deleted tweets targeted people of color and included racist statements. It appears that Villaseñor had set her account to private before the announcement of her joining “SNL,” which gave her time to remove her tweets from her account. Despite this action, diligent »
- Indiewire Staff
Performer of the Week: Minnie Driver
The Performer | Minnie Driver
The Show | Speechless
The Episode | “P-i-pilot” (Sept. 21, 2016)
The Performance | It’s appropriate that ABC’s delightful new comedy Speechless premiered this week, right at the peak of hurricane season. After all, Driver’s performance as family matriarch Maya Dimeo proved to be such a force of nature, the World Meteorological Organization really ought to honor the actress by naming the next big tropical depression after her.
Driver needed only the two-minute cold open — in which Maya maniacally sped the family van to a pancake house to redeem an almost-expired coupon — to establish the brashly funny, refreshingly »
Bruce Springsteen Talks Elvis, Beatles And Trump On Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’
Bruce Springsteen visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to reminisce about being inspired to pick up a guitar by performances of Elvis and The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, in the very theater where Colbert’s show is broadcast. The rocker also credited his Catholic upbringing with influencing his work, and picked his Top 5 Springsteen songs. Colbert interviewed “the master American troubadour of my lifetime” across all four segments of his show, coinciding with… »
Last Man Standing Season Premiere Review: Mike Proves Why He’s The “Papa Bear”
Hello everyone! Welcome back to another season, and therefore more reviews, of the lighthearted family comedy Last Man Standing. Their renewal always goes down to the wire, but I’m always glad to see it back. Friday nights on ABC are always a good time. They came back again this year with a strong, funny premiere episode. This week on Last Man Standing: Kristin has been working hard on opening her Sunday seafood brunch buffet, at the expense of spending time with her family. Kyle, while working on Sundays, has been feeding stray cats at the loading dock. When Kyle forgets to close the door
Last Man Standing Season Premiere Review: Mike Proves Why He’s The “Papa Bear” »
- Nick Hogan
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