Big pay raises on the way for ‘Big Bang’ stars
LOS ANGELES — Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are about to ink a three-year deal that will earn them one million dollars per episode, according to People magazine.
Their new contracts will include bigger shares of the profits from rerun sales and development deals.
The actors will be among the highest paid on TV.
In July, Warner Bros. Television confirmed that because of “ongoing contract negotiations,” production on “The Big Bang Theory’s” eighth season has been postponed.
In March, CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory,” which has been viewers’ No. 1 comedy since the 2010-2011 season, for three more years. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on the production holdup, stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have yet to reach a new contract deal with WBTV.
THR has heard that Cuoco, Galecki and Parsons are seeking a sizable pay increase that would take them from $325,000 per episode to up to $1 million per episode, in addition to having a piece of backend profits.
Helberg and Nayyar are also said to be negotiating for a pay raise, while stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch reportedly landed a pay hike last September.
It isn’t known how long the production delay will last, but CBS has already scheduled the comedy to return on September 22.