Some weekend negotiations resulted in the stars of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ signing new deals worth upwards of $1 million per episode to head back to work…
The delay for the start of season 8 of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is over as the lead actors and actresses on the show — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting — have signed new deals that will see them paid north of $1 million per episode for the next three seasons.
The three actors were holding out for new deals, which pushed back the start of filming last week and potentially could have delayed the September 22 debut date for the show if things were resolved on time. As it turns out, the actors were solid in their demands and eventually the new contracts were handed out. Prior to these new deals, the three actors were making around $350,000 per episode.
According to the report via Deadline, Parsons, Cuoco-Sweeting and Galecki will receive $1 million per episode for the next three seasons for a total of 72 episodes plus compensation on the back end for points paid out for syndication of the show on TBS. All told, the three actors stand to make over $90 million each for the next three seasons with a potential fourth year possible in the deal.
The last remaining pieces in the puzzle are fellow co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who are still negotiating their pay increases currently. Rumors are that both want a significant raise from the $100,000 they currently make per episode to close in on the gap for the other actors who just received new deals this weekend. While they aren’t likely to make $1 million per episode, both are expected to get a big pay hike as the season gets underway.
Assuming both Helberg and Nayyar get signed, production on the show is expected to pick up later this week in time for the September 22 debut date on CBS to stay on point.