Sofia Vergara of Modern Family became the most expensive TV actress of 2016, worth $37 million and is closely followed by Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons at $25.5 million. She has made it to the top position on the list of Forbes’ highest-paid TV actresses for the third time in a row.
According to the magazine, this year she made $7 million more than the previous year. Vergara makes $325,000 per episode on ABC’s hit sitcom Modern Family. However, a major portion of her earnings comes from various endorsements that include Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, AT&T, Head & Shoulders and the medication Synthroid.
The 42-year-old Columbian-born actress is also the co-founder of Latin World Entertainment, the multi-million dollar Hispanic talent management and entertainment marketing firm. In fact, Vergara’s earnings are recorded at $11 million more than the highest-paid male TV actor, Ashton Kutcher, who reeled $26 million between June 2013 and June 2014, the Mail Online reported.
The popular sitcom may have helped Vergara to reach the point at which she is now, but it has lost its own focus over the years.
The Modern Family, which started off as an out of the box, fresh, and light-hearted sitcom in 2009, tried hard to keep itself from being continually perceived as a sitcom addressing “issues.” What set it apart from the rest was its effort to give the LGBT characters a voice and its documentary style of filmmaking.
The sitcom underlined that the life’s problems are universal and can be faced by a privileged family as well as shown in the show. The episode titled “A Stereotypical Day” attempted to bring humour to issues facing the PTSD, the transgender community and the race relations in America, the A.V. Club reported.
The Modern Family did not have a specific message on those issues but blatantly ignored the responsibilities that come when dealing with subjects that find an important place in social discussions. The show is responsible for what message it sends across, especially when it professes to be progressive and inclusive.