By Ruth 66
Forbes magazine has released its list of actresses on television who raked in the most dough this year. So who topped the list - a housewife, a doctor, lawyer, a comedy writer or a detective?
In fact, two women tied for first place: Tina Fey and Eva Longoria, each earned $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011. In addition to starring on "30 Rock," Fey is the producer and head writer. And while the show hasn't been a massive rating success, it's now in syndication on Fox and Comedy Central. Longoria has done well with Desperate Housewives, but makes the top of the list thanks to her lucrative deals with L'Oreal and LG.
The rest of the "Desperate Housewives" are also on this list, with Marcia Cross coming in third with $10 million and Felicity Huffman and Terry Hatcher tied for fifth with $9 million. This is season nine and the last one for the girls, but they'll collect fat checks from syndication for years to come. Older episodes can currently be seen on Lifetime.
You don't see too many female crime investigators in the movies, but two women make Forbes list with those TV roles: Mariska Hargitay and Marg Helgenberger. The pair tie for third place with Marcia Cross. Each of the three women earned an estimated $10 million.
Courteney Cox is coming back in November with her hit show, "Cougar Town." She took home $7 million this year. Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo also earned that amount.
Emmy winner, Julianna Margulies made $6 million this year for her role in the critically acclaimed drama, "The Good Wife."
In a side note, none of the women are from cable programs and only two, Fey and Cox are from 30-minute sitcoms. Also, the youngest on the list is Longoria who is 36. Expect major changes next year with the demise of "Desperate Housewives."