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TV's top earners: What surprises you?

graham-parsonsImage Credit: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; Sonja Flemming/CBSCharlie Sheen, Jon Cryer, and Hugh Laurie are the small screen’s highest-paid actors, according to TV Guide‘s roundup of TV’s top earners. The magazine breaks its sampling of paychecks down by category, so Two and a Half Men‘s Sheen tops the comedy side with a reported $1.25 million an episode (followed by Cryer with $550,000), and House‘s Laurie leads the dramas with $400,000+ per episode. Peruse the list and tell us what catches your eye. For dramas: I was pleasantly surprised to find Parenthood‘s Lauren Graham making $150,000 per episode, which puts her only $25K behind The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies, on-par with Outlaw‘s Jimmy Smits, and $25K ahead of NCIS‘s Michael Weatherly and Blue Bloods‘ Tom Selleck. Also noteworthy: I’ve got a definite type, and it’s set at $100,000: White Collar‘s Matt Bomer, Castle‘s Nathan Fillion, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, Hawaii Five-0‘s Alex O’Loughlin, and Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant.

As for comedies: READ FULL STORY

TV marathons: Best bets for the Fourth (and Fifth) of July

TV-marathonsImage Credit: Blair Bunting/Getty Images; CBSIf you’re planning on actually leaving your home on the 4th of July, DO NOT TURN ON THE TV. More than a few networks hopped on board when it was time to schedule TV marathons. We’re also calling for strong waves of dangerously addictive TV on July 5th, so we recommend using your remote with caution then as well.


Memorial Day TV marathons: Your best bets

deadliest_catchImage Credit: Rick Gershon/Reportage by Getty ImagesConsider yourself warned! Switch on the TV today, and you could be sitting in front of it for hours thanks to any one of the following marathons. All times Eastern:

Discovery: Deadliest Catch (9 a.m. to 3 a.m.)

Bravo: Real Housewives (of New York City, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; of New Jersey, 2 p.m. to 3 a.m, with a new episode at 10 p.m.) READ FULL STORY

Cops rock: Ranking this week's procedurals

csi_miamiImage Credit: Ron P. Jaffe/CBSThe seasons have ended for the cops on ABC, NBC, and Fox, leaving only the CBS procedurals as the last men standing. This week, we saw the season finales of NCIS and its West Coast kid brother, CSI: Miami and its brooding Manhattan cousin, and Criminal Minds. How times change. Long ago, in the early ’90s, NBC was the Cop King, with the original Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, and JAG. In hindsight, NBC’s choice to cancel JAG after just one season, which led to its pick-up at CBS, has turned out to be the broadcast-TV version of the Red Sox trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees. By my estimate, NBC has another 70 years to go before the curse wears off.

You couldn’t miss the symbolism. In the same week L&O 1.0 left television with quiet grace, CBS threw five cliffhanger finales in our fat faces and demanded we watch until our eyes bled with happiness. To extend the baseball analogy, this week was like watching Cal Ripken walk off the field, instantly replaced by five steroid-pumped reptile mutants with .400 batting averages.

Still, one reptile-mutant stuck out from the rest… and it wore a handsome pastel suit.


'NCIS' star Michael Weatherly takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

michael-weatherlyImage Credit: CBSEarlier this month, we sat down with NCIS‘ Michael Weatherly to chat about his contract negotiations (he was confident he’ll return for season 8, though no deal has yet been announced) and the show’s season 7 finale (May 25). Pressing him for spoilers over a martini, we soon realized, was futile. So, we administered an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, which the actor who plays film buff Tony DiNozzo more than aced. One note: Weatherly got an assist from his doctor wife, Bojana Jankovic, who joined us for our chat and learned a few things she hadn’t known about her husband. Like that in 1991, he acted in a karaoke video.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When do you yell at the TV?
MICHAEL WEATHERLY: Mad Men. Any time Don Draper f—s up. Or Betty decides that she’s gonna have an affair with a stranger in a bar. I’m like, “Nooo! Just because he’s an a–hole, you don’t have to be one!” Or when she goes off with the guy who’s the senator’s aide, and you’re like, “He’s not even handsome. Nooo!” Betty frustrates me. What happens with Mad Men, it’s like an Elvis Costello album, I’ll watch it, and then I immediately have to watch it again. AMC will play it back-to-back. I have a tendency to yell at it when my wife’s not around because if she catches me yelling at Mad Men, then it gets weird. [To Bojana] Is there anything that you catch me yelling at? I love House Hunters International.
: But you don’t yell — oh yeah, we do. When they pick a house that we’re like, “WHAT? They picked
that house?” [Both laugh]
: And sometimes I’ll yell at
The Unsellables, that’s another HGTV show.

You’re an HGTV fan — I never would have known this.
: Yeah, but let’s talk about my favorite television shows:
60 Minutes, Cold Case, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, NCIS:LA, CSI: Miami, CSI, CSI: New York. I’m a big, big fan of Survivor and The Amazing Race. And when I can watch Ghost Whisperer, then Medium, I’m very happy. I only watch Letterman and Craig Ferguson. Do you know Harry Smith on CBS’ Early Show?

That’s definitely worth more money an episode.
: Right? Come on. [

Michael Weatherly on 'NCIS' contract negotiations and the 'Gibbs in hell' season finale

Michael-Weatherly-NCISImage Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBSIt’d be tough to imagine NCIS without Tony DiNozzo’s sense of humor and pop culture references, not to mention the Tiva tension, the Gibbs slaps, and the sibling-esque rivalry with McGee. But if all goes according to plan, fans of TV’s No. 1 scripted series won’t have to. Earlier this week, we sat down with Michael Weatherly in New York to chat about his contract negotiations for Season 8, as well as May 25’s season 7 finale (sadly, one martini does not produce spoilers). We also administered an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, which you can read on PopWatch next Tuesday. (It’s a good one. Even his wife, Bojana Jankovic, a doctor who observed her husband’s final interview before his hiatus — and their vacation — truly began, learned a few new things about him.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s get the tough question out of the way first.
Are we talking about my weight? [Laughs]

What can you say about your contract negotiations?
[Thinks for 10 seconds, choosing his words] It’s a very exciting time for the show, and I would like to know as much as anybody whether or not I’ll back in season 8. But I am 100 percent confident that the people in charge of negotiating these things, which would be my representatives as well as the network, will come to some accord — and probably sooner rather than later as Upfronts [when the networks present their fall schedules to advertisers] are coming up. Coming up front. [Laughs]

You’ve already shot the season finale. I’m assuming there’s no loophole in it, like, Oops!, maybe half the team doesn’t have to be there next season… Then again, the show has separated you all before.
What might happen in Season 8, if everything were to go sideways, is that Ducky finds a time machine and suddenly we’re solving crimes in the Civil War, and it’s just Ducky and Gibbs in, like, NCIS: Civil War. [In announcer voice] “It’s the North versus the South. They’re bringing 21st century crime procedural to the 19th Century.” It would be pretty cool. That’s when you know we’re out of ideas, when we find a time machine. I actually think the show can absorb more than your average procedural drama, but I’m not sure about a time machine. Or aliens. Or ghosts. READ FULL STORY

Pauley Perrette as appealing as Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman? Kinda awesome.

Pauley-Perrette-Mike-RoweImage Credit: Richard Foreman/CBS; Andrew Cutraro/DiscoveryMarketing Evaluations, Inc., The Q Scores Company, has just released its January/February 2010 Performer Q study, which asked a representative sample of 1,800 children, teens, and adults to rate the familiarity and appeal of personalities. The surprising results: Perennial favorite Tom Hanks’ Q Score is now tied with Morgan Freeman’s and NCIS‘ Pauley Perrette’s — which means even though Perrette is roughly half as well-known as Hanks and Freeman, those who are familiar with her adore her. She’s the only female in the Top 10 (posted below). Another interesting tidbit: Although Dirty Jobs‘ host Mike Rowe isn’t as recognizable as Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Bill Cosby, or Harrison Ford, his Q Score topped theirs — again meaning that those who do know him, love him.

Performer Familiarity % Q Score
1. Tom Hanks 88 50
2. Morgan Freeman 82 50
3. Pauley Perrette 42 50
4. Robin Williams 84 48
5. Clint Eastwood 85 46
6. Mike Rowe 57 45
7. Will Smith 90 44
8. Johnny Depp 91 43
9. Bill Cosby 91 43
10. Harrison Ford 83 43

It makes sense to me. If you know Perrette and Rowe, you’re a fan of NCIS and Dirty Jobs and probably only associate them with those shows — so what’s not to like? Her Abby is a smart, funny, loyal, goth forensic specialist on TV’s top drama (which has way more character development than anyone who’s never seen the show would expect); he’s a smart, funny guy who isn’t afraid to get messy to show how some choice work gets done. What do you think? Anyone you’re surprised not to see in the Top 10? Has a Tina Fey backlash begun?

'Lost' alternatives: What will you watch instead?

The sheer volume of Lost-related content on the Internet today (and perhaps in your office — maybe your nerd coworkers, like mine, are LARPing around ‘The Island’ of Conference Room B while projecting Dharma Initiation videos onto the big screen from YouTube right this second) is enough to make a non-Lost viewer want to pop off Gordon Ramsay-style on these freaks. Why don’t they open their minds, man? There are other things on TV! Sorry, shocked Locke (pictured), some people desire to spend 9-11 p.m. ET not re-submerging into an Island-based state of confusion, and this is not a sign of a deficiency in character. Consider this your place to vent.

If you’re not watching Lost tonight (REALLY? Are you sure?) — what’ll it be instead? The Biggest Loser? Kitchen Nightmares? NCIS: LA and The Good Wife? A double-header of your favorite CNBC reruns, Marijuana Inc. and Porn: Business of Pleasure? The Caribbean World Series on the MLB Network (Mexico at Venezuela)? Here’s your chance to tell all those crazed Losties why your choice is superior to their beloved saga.

Just don’t say you’ll be reading a book. No one believes you.

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

'NCIS': Tiva tension + dirty talk with Gibbs + a plane plot = episode we'll enjoy watching in USA marathons

Next to the “buried alive” episode of television, the “trouble in midair” episode could be my favorite TV staple. Which show has produced your favorite airplane episode? NCIS is a definite contender after last night.

Tony and Ziva went to Paris to escort a whistleblower in a major defense fraud case back to the States. They said there was a problem at the hotel, and they had to share a room. Ziva told the witness, who was even more interested in “Tiva” than your diehard ‘shipper, that she slept on the couch. Tony later told McGee that he took the couch — then he and Ziva called each other out for lying. Do you think they slept together or upheld Gibbs’ Rule #12? Would you like a definitive answer now, or, like me, or you content to let the show tease us and then one day, have an episode in which all is revealed? You know, like someone would recount what happened in Paris, as well as how far things really went in that Season 3 episode “Under Covers,” to their captor while being held hostage or something. I sorta love the idea that Tony and Ziva could have slept together once, twice or more and we wouldn’t have known about it because it’s in both their nature to enjoy an opportunity or “duty” and return to normal. (I also love that the witness compared Tony and Ziva’s compatibility to hers and her work boyfriend’s — and it turned out her boyfriend is the one who put the hit on her. Moral: Tony and Ziva would kill each other.) I suppose though that the two of them sharing the bed and just sleeping would’ve been something they’d also want to hide, since it shows a comfort level and tolerance for each other they wouldn’t want to admit to or have others lord over them. That’s what I think went down in Paris. What about you? PopWatch poll after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey is again America's Favorite Television Personality, Leno and Letterman take hits

The annual Harris Poll ranking America’s favorite television personalities has been released. Between December 7 and 14, 2,276 adults took part in an online survey that crowned Oprah Winfrey with the title she held in 1998, 2000, and 2002 – 2006. Here, your Top 10.

1. Oprah Winfrey (up from No. 4 last year)
2. Glenn Beck (enters the countdown with a bullet!)
3. Jay Leno (down from No. 1 last year; note: the poll was conducted before the late-night war at NBC, but after his primetime show bombed)
4. TIE: Ellen DeGeneres (down from No. 3 last year, and No. 1 in 2007)
4. TIE: Hugh Laurie (down from No. 2 last year)
6. Jon Stewart (held at No. 6 from last year)
7. Charlie Sheen (held at No. 7 from last year; note: the poll was conducted before his December arrest)
8. Mark Harmon (up from No. 9 last year)
9. David Letterman (down from No. 5 last year; note: the poll was conducted before he engaged in the late-night war, but after he admitted he’d had sex with female members of his staff)
10. Bill O’Reilly (returns to the countdown after being absent last year)

Names that dropped off this year’s list: Steve Carell (No. 8 last year) and Stephen Colbert (tied for No. 9 last year).

The Harris Poll also broke down the results by sex, generation, political slant, and geography: READ FULL STORY

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