Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco
Contract negotiations among the cast of The Big Bang Theory have reportedly been resolved, with stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco set to earn $1 million per episode for the next three seasons, Deadline reports. That matches the previously-unprecedented salaries set by the Friends cast in the show's last season.
Previously, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco were paid $350,000 per episode. In addition, there's a strong possibility that the series — currently the No. 1 show on television — will be renewed for an 11th season.
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The ongoing talks have delayed production on the CBS comedy's upcoming eighth season, but the trio finalized their deals on Sunday, Deadline reports, meaning production will likely get underway this week.
In addition to the salary increases, the stars' ownership on the show also quadrupled, and they've all negotiated signing bonuses, production deals (which for Parsons includes features and theater), and advances towards the back end, according to Deadline. Overall, they each could earn between $90 million and $100 million over the next few years.
Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik renegotiated their contracts last fall, and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are close to signing new deals after negotiating together, Deadlinereports. If production resumes this week, producers will likely avoid having to trim the season's episode order.
The Big Bang Theory is set to kick off Season 8 on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c on CBS.
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