30 Rock has earned several major awards (including being nominated for an unprecedented 22 Emmys in 2009) and, despite recent falling ratings, has pulled in over 5 million viewers for each season. It is, in my opinion, consistently one of the funniest shows on TV—thanks to star, producer, and head writer Tina Fey. When I think of Tina Fey, I think of her incomparable comedic talent, the insane amount of work she must do, and the fact that she's primarily responsible for building up the devoted 30 Rock fan base who tunes in every week when it's being broadcast.
In comparison, Angelina Jolie mostly just runs around looking hot in her movies. And yet she made over twice as much as Tina Fey last year.
It's not much of a surprise to hear that television actresses make less than their movie counterparts, but when I take a look at the just-released Forbes' Highest-Paid TV Actresses list, the delta is bigger than I would have guessed. Between May 2010 and May 2011, the 10 highest-paid women in television earned a total of $94 million—while just the top three women in movies earned almost as much combined ($88 million).
In television, Tina Fey ties with Eva Longoria at the very top with $13 million in earnings. Over in the movie actress column, however, we have Angelina Jolie earning an estimated $30 million during the same timeframe, while Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon each made $28 million. Ranking fifth on the TV list are a couple more not-so-Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman and Teri Hatcher, who made $9 million—while the fifth highest-paid movie actress, Julie Roberts, raked in $20 million.
Really, Julia Roberts made that much in 2010? What did she even—oh, right. Eat Pray Love. *sticks finger down throat, makes dramatic gagging sound*
I know a popular movie can make more in an opening weekend than a popular show can make all year long, but still, when you consider the amount of ongoing work it takes to star in a weekly show, it seems like TV actresses' paychecks should be on par with the movie ingenue who shows up for a couple months of filming, you know what I mean? Especially when you consider that the listed salaries include endorsements, book deals, and other forms of income that aren't directly related to their television work.
Then again, who ever said Hollywood made sense, right? Jennifer Aniston, who, bless her heart, cannot make a decent movie to save her life these days, pulled down $25 million last year, presumably just for having bitchin' hair. Meanwhile, no one from Modern Family even made TV's highest-paid list, despite being, if you ask me, at least 50 THOUSAND times more entertaining than Desperate Housewives.
Who do you think should make more, Tina Fey or Angelina Jolie?
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