This ridiculous amount of money would have made him one of the highest paid TV actors these days.
It was recently announced that Blue Bloods, a police procedural TV series from CBS, has been renewed for its 14th season after the cast and producers had to agree to a 25% pay cut due to the network’s budget cuts.
We have already reported that Tom Selleck, the show’s star and executive producer, was not as badly affected as it first appeared.
He would most likely receive a substantial paycheck of about $3,000,000 for the upcoming season, which is not that far from his salary for season 13. But this amount is nothing compared to his golden years.
With a long and fruitful career, Selleck has starred in a number of hit TV shows. But his biggest project that brought him to the attention of the general public is undoubtedly Magnum, P.I.
The crime drama TV series that aired from 1980 to 1988 and lasted for 8 seasons followed the story of a private investigator Thomas Magnum, portrayed by Selleck.
It was critically acclaimed and created a loyal fan base, even earning Selleck a significant number of awards, including Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy.
At the height of the show’s popularity, Tom Selleck was paid a staggering $500,000 per episode. Today, according to Celebrity Net Worth, that would be about $1.2 million per episode, which would make him one of the richest TV actors.
Selleck was the heart and main attraction of the show, so it is completely understandable why the network was willing to pay him such a ridiculous amount of money.
The show was rebooted in 2018 by Peter M. Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, and now stars Jay Hernandez as the titular private investigator.
Although the new Magnum P.I. has received mixed reviews from critics, the audience response has been much more positive, giving the show an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series ran for five seasons and continues to this day. Episode 5 of the fifth season is scheduled to be released on April 16, 2023.