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Recession? What recession? Just ask Charlie Sheen


sheen.jpgWhile most Americans are pinching pennies because of soaring food and gas prices, evidently Hollywood’s TV stars aren’t feeling much pain — at least not according to a recent TV Guide survey.  

TV Guide’s poll of America’s top-paid TV actors named Charlie Sheen as the highest-paid prime-time TV star in Hollywood with an annual salary of around $20 million for his role on “Two and a Half Men.”

Makes you want to quit your day job. But get this, you don’t even have to act, really, to earn the big bucks in Hollywood. ”Family Guy” writer/producer Seth MacFarlane recently signed a $100 million deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

simpsons.jpgThe fivesome behind America’s irreverent cartoon family “The Simpsons” — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria –make $400,000 an episode for bringing their yellow animated characters to life. At 23 episodes per season, which is roughly an industry standard, that equates to a $9.2 million paycheck a year from Fox, just to crack famed catch phrases such as ”D’oh!” and “Cowabunga, dude!”