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, according to Deadline. 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 CBS will renew the series—currently the No. 1 show on television—for an 11th season. The network previously renewed the show for three seasons at once.
The cast's ongoing contract talks have already 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' have quadrupled their ownership stake in the series, and they've all negotiated signing bonuses, production deals (which for Parsons includes features and theater), and advances toward the back end, according to Deadline. Overall, each actor could earn between $90 million and $100 million over the next few years.
As for the rest of The Big Bang Theory's cast, 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, Deadline reports. If production resumes this week, producers will likely avoid having to trim the season's episode order.
The Big Bang Theory is currently scheduled to to kick off Season 8 on Monday, September 22 at 8pm on CBS.
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