Celebrities look like a million bucks, but are they worth it?

roryanne muldrake By roryanne muldrake, 1st Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1nn5zgxv/
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Given the talk-show hosts' caterwauling in recent months, and upon hearing that Conan O'Brien had a chance to receive an eight-figure raise for airing at midnight instead of his usual 11:30 pm slot, I started to wonder about the expression, "You look like a million bucks!"

What does a million bucks look like, anyway?

I was never good at math, but eight figures, when it comes to money, equals one million dollars, does it not? If Conan gets that much money for a raise, how much are they already paying him? Moreover, is he worth that much? Is anyone?

To me it is a shame that we have to hear grown men moan and groan over their salaries, when there are so many good, decent people now out of work, who would take a job that paid one-tenth of what these people make.

I wish that viewers everywhere would turn off their television sets after the news, and let the ratings on all talk shows drop. Let the networks fire these people and see how sorry they were for haggling over making a few millions less than the host on the other channel is making. None of them are worth what the network pays them, in my humble opinion.

I am an avid television viewer. I admit it. However, I can only come up with a handful of actors on television over the years that deserve to make close to that kind of money. This is one person's opinion, of course, but my reasons are solid.

5 Stars worth a million bucks

1- Larry Hagman
Most people think of the show "Dallas" when they hear Larry Hagman's name. Anyone who watched the show knew that there could not be a show without Larry Hagman playing "J.R. Ewing".

It is quite possibly the best character of all time, in television history. I watch it now in syndication and am still shocked at the things J.R. did, and at the way in which he did them. The reason I was shocked the first time I watched "Dallas", is that I was a big fan of the show, "I Dream of Jeannie", another show in which Larry Hagman played the lead role.

The two roles could not be more opposite. In "I Dream of Jeannie", Larry Hagman played an adorable, hysterically funny, astronaut. I still laugh at that show as I did when I was young. I also still repeat lines from that show all these years later. I am smiling as I type this thinking about some of the wacky things Larry Hagman did as Major Nelson on that show.

Now that is worth a million dollars!

2-Kiefer Sutherland
If you watch "24", you know why he is on this list. There is no "24" without 'Jack Bauer'. There have been many shows over the years that replaced one of the characters on the show.

Some of them did a decent job of replacing the character, but on the show '24', there would be no point in going on without Kiefer Sutherland.

You can tell as you watch that just as the character of Jack Bauer throws everything into his job, Kiefer Sutherland puts everything he has into the role. Kiefer Sutherland is Jack Bauer and no one else could ever be.

However, there is at least one other character on that show that no one could ever emulate or top, as far as the character and the actress goes for that particular role. She comes in at number 3 for me.

3- Penny Johnson Jerald as Sherry Palmer on "24"
The character of Sherry Palmer started out innocently enough. Playing the wife of a presidential candidate, the first African-American presidential candidate to boot, she was a loving, dedicated, and loyal wife who supported her husband in his political campaign.

As a side note here, this storyline aired years before Barack Obama became the first African-American presidential candidate, so there were special nuances to the role that Ms. Jerald played. In the role, she did a fantastic job. Then, as the viewers got to see a different side of the doting wife, I knew instantly that I was going to love this character.

She began wheeling and dealing, and scheming with anything and everything to get what she wanted. She broke the law, she ruined lives, and when her husband found out about all of these things, she did what only Sherry Palmer could do; she made the audience believe that what she did was okay.

She was so convincing as that character that I wonder how she prepared for that role. I was amazed at her performances and I rooted for her even though I knew that as the seasons went, and the character became more and more villainous, it could not last forever. I was sorry to see her leave the show, and I only hope that someone is smart enough to scoop Penny Johnson Jerald up into a role that is worthy of at least half of what the character on "24" was worth. She was worth at least a million bucks.

4 - The entire cast of Seinfeld
I name the entire cast because as funny and unique as all of the characters, I do not think the show would have been as funny without one of them. After Seinfeld went off the air, the only last comedy show I watched was Frazier. I think that "Seinfeld" broke the mold, and there will never again be anything like it. I have heard people rave about the show Curb Your Enthusiasm. They told me I should watch it and that I would think it was hysterical.

I watched one episode, the episode starring the actors who played the characters in Seinfeld. It was not funny to me at all; in fact, it was stupid. The actors played themselves, not the characters from the show. They need to be Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. As the character Banya said, "It's gold, Jerry, gold!" "Seinfeld" definitely was worth its weight in gold, and so were the actors who starred in it.

Last, but definitely not least:

5 - Johnny Carson
I have not watched the Tonight Show since Johnny Carson left, and when he passed away, nighttime talk shows went with him. I will watch one of the late night shows on occasion, if one of my favorites appears as a guest, but otherwise, I do not.

A dozen or so writers write the monologues of the hosts, and all it is, is rehashed versions of what we heard on the news, just turned into something that is supposed to be funny.

Johnny Carson had whatever it is that makes a talk-show host. I am certain he had many writers as well, but he just had something that is hard to describe, that made him the legend of late night. If any of them would be worth millions, it was Johnny.


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author avatar aesoplado
2nd Dec 2010 (#)

Seinfeld was IT.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Dec 2010 (#)

Love, love, love Carson!
I'm also a huge Seinfeld fan.
My hubby is the 24 fan, I have never watched a episode.
Good read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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