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Contract negotiations among the cast of The Big Bang Theory have reportedly been resolved, with stars Jim ParsonsJohnny 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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I hope they will spend their money wisely
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They all well deserve it. Especially Jim.
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Dont compare Friends to TBBT, ever
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Maybe. Doesn't matter since NewsRadio's so much better than both anyway.
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Big Bang is in these days a powerhouse at Friends level, so I'm not so shocked the leads got basically the same deal. I'm sure CBS is not going to lose money on that.
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Question, take away the laugh track and how funny is this show really???
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This show is absolute trash and I feel sorry for any individual that finds it humorous.
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Well,they got their raises and the world didn't end.How about that?Bring on 3 more years of TBBT!

And for those who are upset they got raises and aren't happy about another 3 seasons of this show,I'll let someone else with more authority in 'hating' to respond to you guys...............

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I do like the show, but I gotta say... $1 million an episode is a little ridiculous to me. It's a good show that has some funny moments, and it's definitely at its peak right now popularity-wise, but $1 million per episode is just crazy to me!
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It is crazy. 300,000 $ were more than enough but 1 million is way too much.
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I don't care as long as the 7 of them - and counting - are there to keep making me laugh.

It just would't be the same without The Big Bang Theory ever expanding Universe

Leonard needed Penny to push him out of his comfort zone, Howard & Raj needed it to get out of their own comfort zone and, because they did, they introduced Amy to Sheldon pushing him out of their comfort zone, which pushed her out of her own and becomes friends with Penny & Bernadette.

I would've never seen Howard & Amy sing Neil Diamond's songs if it weren't for it, Stuart wouldn't be taking care of Mrs. Wolowitz if it weren'y for it, Raj wouldn't be talking to women if it weren't for it.

I want to see what this big bang causes next!
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It's not the new Friends. Friends's actors all unified in their negotiations. There were no real "standout stars" of the show. They existed as a unit.

Big Bang Theory pays actors based on popularity. The show might as well be called "Sheldon" because he's become the main character due to his popularity. Up till now he was paid the most, with Johnny and Kaley making the second most because ON PAPER they are supposed to be the main character and main romantic interest. Everyone else was paid a small fraction of what the others made.

Friends could not exist without the full 6. With Big Bang Theory you can pretty much boot out everyone except for Parsons, Galecki, and Couco and the show could still go on. Hell, if they REALLY wanted the producers could even boot Johnny because fan opinion states that the funniest parts of the series are with Penny and Sheldon due to their impressive chemistry together. The earlier episodes with the two of them spending time doing various activities (such as jogging) are the best because of how contrasting their personalities are, but once Amy was introduced (and later Bernadette) the quality time between the two of them became less and less, especially when Amy became Sheldon's official girlfriend. A fan once said that if all the characters except Sheldon and Penny were booted out of the show and the series was strictly focused on the two of them as the last two living humans on the planet, you could still get 5 seasons and a feature-length movie out of it.
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honestly jim parson deserves the money his character is the main character on the show and the most entertaining without sheldon the show would be so different maybe not that popular + hes an amazing actor .
kaley coucou on the other hand doesnt give her acting 100% at times in my opinion i think sometimes she copies jennifer aniston way of acting as rachel in FRIENDS i dont think she deserves 1 mil per episode .
i hope the actress who plays AMY in the show gets more money shes hilarious she plays the character so well .

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One of the things that made Friends different was that they kept the entire cast through 10 seasons. Most shows lose actors along the way. Ron Howard got tired of doing Happy Days, everyone but Carroll O'Connor got tired of doing All in the Family, Donald Glover left Community,
A fairly small number of shows are successful at injecting new characters into the show. M*A*S*H did it, and Cheers, and Night Court. TBBT has also successfully added characters (although they also had a failure... Stuart was upgraded to a series regular, but never really integrated well.)
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Leslie Winkle was added at one point too. Just barely.
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I love the fact that the best comedy on TV is lambasted by haters. If it wasn't good it wouldn't be the highest rated comedy.
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What does quality have to do with viewership? Most people like garbage.
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it's the best comedy on TV cause the rest SUCK! even worse.
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Because the general public usually has good taste? The show is stupid with very simpleminded humour like Chuck Lorre's other show 2 ½ men.
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Sounds like some good old fashioned single camera snobbery. Shows can have laugh tracks and also be as funny. And Big Bang is a far more creative concept than 2.5 Men.
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yes, shows with laugh tracks can be funny, but that is not the case with 2.5 and BBT.
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Well, you're entitled to your opinion. I'd say that both of these shows are full of razor sharp humor and that makes a good show.
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Happy Endings is the new Friends. TBBT is standard Chuck Lorre drivel. That being said, good for them. I saw the pilot when they were testing it, and it was one of the worst things I've ever seen. Never in a million years would've guessed that it would get picked up much less become the biggest show in America.
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More Hollywood millionaires. Just what we need.
Caught a little of the show and found the lead character kinda creepy.
A little like Jim Carrey creepy but without the humor.
Show is popular so whatever.
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well they gonna have a baby in soon ... so yes it is the new friend and also the end is near.
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The show's been renewed for three more years so I don't see the end being anytime soon.

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Ugh. Like having this boring, annoying show around for three more years wasn't enough.
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You said a mouthful.
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If you take inflation into account that still below what the Friends cast earned per episode.
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You forgot to factor in the backend cut, which may wind up being worth more than the straight-up salary.
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And absolutely no one is surprised
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It is probably a bargain considering what the Two and a Half Men actors are/were? getting paid.
I still hope the writers are getting a pay rise too.
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The amount the three leads are paid doesn't bother me at all, but considering that, for me, the funniest episodes are those with Penny, Sheldon and Leonard it seems obvious that they should have the most screen time. The addition of Bernadette and Amy have made things too crammed.
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considering that friends's actors got that salary like 10 yrs ago, i don't think it's that much for the cast of tbbt
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The actors of Friends got that much only for the last season, here they get it for at least 3 seasons, so they win ;)
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and i was just wondering how much would they make if it goes past season 10, huh?! ;)
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Damn it, America.
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Don't get me wrong I really like this show, but I think it is a bit ridiculous for them to be making that much money per episode. The show is only 20 minutes long, once you cut out the commercials, and it's not like any of them have to remember that much dialogue or even show that much range during their performance. I guess good for them though.
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Remember "Frasier?" Kelsey Grammer made $1.5 million per episode during the last few seasons. And that was in late 90s/ early 2000s money!
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The show isn't even 20 minutes long. Most struggle to make it past 18 minutes. And that's including all of the 1.5-2 second interstitials between every scene of atoms and shit moving around. So, it's insanely ridiculous that they get a million for what amounts to 5 minutes of screen time, if that, in a Raj-heavy episode.
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Check your math. For the 2-second interstitials to account for over 2 minutes, there'd have to be more than 60 of them.
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I didn't mean that the missing two minutes is made up of the 1-2 second interstitials. I'm saying that even WITH the interstitials, they can barely make it past 18 minutes an episode.
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Friends revolved around 6 people who spent a great deal of time in 2 apartments and a coffee shop with story arcs about their jobs, people they work with, people they're dating, romantic relationships, sometimes with each other, all the Ross/Rachel will-they-won't-they BS, and the occasional gimmicks like switching apartments/roommates, a pet monkey, money troubles, the episode where they got free cable porn, and Chandler being locked in a crate.

TBBT has 7 people, they occasionally eat in a specific restaurant, the will-they-won't-they BS has come & gone, it speaks to more mainstream nerd culture, and Sheldon's quirks & personalities are more out there than Phoebe's, but Penny is sometimes almost as dumb as Joey. No, it's not Friends, because it's more progressive & realistic.
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More realistic, really? I think TBBT has got to be one of the most unrealistic sitcoms out there! Just the fact that Penny's entire group of friends are a bunch of bright scientist that like comic books and are socially awkward should be enough to raise a few eyebrows.

I'm not saying it's a bad sitcom. I'm just saying it's lost most of its appeal. And it's definitely trying to become the new Friends. So far, getting paid 1 million per episode is the closest they've come, because quality wise it's miles behind.
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Woah...Kaley Cuoco doesn't deserve to be paid $1million. i get in Parson's case,even Galecki,but no way would I pay Cuoco this amount per episode. Mayim and Simon should earn more than Cuoco and maybe Kunal,Melissa and Cuoco should be on even salary.

I still love the show and will stick to it till it's end. Just please don't give them babies and some annoying child "actors"...please avoid that trap
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The show would have been VERY different without Kaley... which is how it was originally conceived. It also wouldn't still be running.
(Yes, you could've gotten the same effect with any other qualified comedic actress, but you needed at least one, and Kaley is the one they hired.)
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I didn't say she doesn't deserve "spot" on TBBT. I said she ain't worth to be paid $1million per episode. But this is just my opinion. For this amount of money,she gonna be getting,I can easily imagine her getting into more gorila cutfits and crazy stuff .

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IF you don't pay women equally, you would get massive retarded feminist bashing the show.
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I don't care...my reply would be she ain't worth that kind of amount of money.
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Also gotta wonder... how do the OTHER actors feel.

I know a bulk of the show's minutes are taken up by "the big three" but I hope the other 4 main actors are getting a decent bit at the apple.

Personally its the work of the other 4 characters that keep me so into the show.
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They're probably more excited about the ownership and back-end stuff. The show is probably going to be in reruns for a long long time since there are so many episodes. Heck they're already in syndication.

So even if this is their last BIG gig then at they should have some money coming in for a good chunk of their lives.

Then again, at a million per episode for a gauranteed 3+ seasons they should have made enough by then so it doesn't matter.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - so it WAS all a PR stunt with lots of free publicity for this unfunny show that sucks?

Whaddya know about that.
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Wow, that's a big haul, I'm surprised the producers and studio gave up that much stake, the show is on the decline.
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It's still the number one comedy by far.
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I get that, but entering its 8th season, it's going to start feeling old and lose viewership.
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Maybe. But it will stay strong enough to continue throughout the new deals. Not to mention, it has shown it can continue to grow and adapt as it did when Bernadette and Amy were added. The show could have the ability to add more and continue its momentum.
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A declining billion-dollar business is not a bad position to be in.
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Wow. If only the little people like us could get paid even a quarter of that, huh?
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Why do you think Hollywood's flooded with wanna-be actors and actresses?
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Good gawd. Breaking Bad actors deserved that salary. Not this repetitive show.
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Disagree. Breaking Bad isn't being rerun on a daily basis on several channels. Or for probably the next few decades, either. And BB never had the ratings this show had.
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It's like Friends if every male character was Ross.
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pivot! pivot! pivot!
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This is my favorite comment so far.
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