ashton kutcher two and a half men forbes Ashton Kutcher, Hugh Laurie top Forbes' list of highest paid TV actors

Being the leading man of “Two and a Half Men” is a pretty sweet gig. Like Charlie Sheen before him, Ashton Kutcher is at the top of Forbes’ annual list of the highest paid actors on television.

Kutcher has reportedly earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012, which is almost half the $40 million Sheen made when he was on the top of the list last year. It’s worth noting that Sheen is nowhere to be found on the 2012 list, despite having his new series “Anger Management” on FX.

Tied for second place are “House” leading man Hugh Laurie and former “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Ray Romano, whose “Men of a Certain Age” was cancelled earlier this year. Alec Baldwin and Mark Hammon trail behind them with $15 million a piece, while Tim Allen earned $14 million, “Two and a Half Men’s” Jon Cryer earned $13 million and Patrick Dempsey earned $12 million. Rounding out the final spot were CBS stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Jason Segel, all of whom earned $8 million.

We have to thank Vanity Fair for pointing out that this list doesn’t include a single actor nominated for a dramatic Emmy this year. That means the likes of Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston were nowhere to be seen. Baldwin, Cryer and Parsons were all nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, though, with Cryer taking the Emmy gold home. Think about that, networks.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz