‘The Big Bang Theory’ Drama Ends as Actors Close In on Mega-Bucks Deals

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The three central stars of “The Big Bang Theory” are closing in on megabucks new deals that will keep them on the hit CBS/Warner Bros. TV comedy through the 2016-17 season.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are poised to see their salaries triple to about $1 million per episode under the three-season pact, according to a report on Deadline.

Plus, each of the three thesps is expected to receive a full backend point in the show, up from a fractional point under their previous pacts. And the deals include other perks such as development agreements. A rep for Warner Bros. TV declined comment.

“Big Bang” became the source of big drama in the TV world last week as the studio was forced to delay the start of production on the show’s eighth season because the key cast members had yet to finalize new deals. After a few days of finger-pointing, the various constituencies agreed to set Sunday night as an informal deadline for getting the deals done.

It’s understood that while there had been strife among various parties, all involved understood that there was too much money at stake for everyone — the actors, the network and the studio — to let hardball negotiating stand in the way of getting back to work on America’s favorite sitcom.

Still to come are new deals for co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. The pair are also poised to jump several income-tax brackets with their new three-year contracts, though they are unlikely to break the seven-figure barrier.

With deals in the works, the show is expected to go back into production with the actors on Wednesday. That’s a week later than originally skedded but hopefully in time to fulfill the show’s 24-episode order. There had been speculation about the show dropping an episode or two if the contract wrangle had extended much longer.

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  1. marion says:

    that makes me mad to me the show would not be the same if any of the cast was let go I would stop watching the show the big bang we could not do with out howerds rageing hormones are rashs problems with girls and amy and Bernie add so much to the show amy is so funny and in my opinion adds more to the show then penny she is good but she is just the pretty face of the show amy is the talent with her acting this is my favorite show but I will quit watching if they let any one go they should all be payed the same

  2. anne h says:

    Simon and kunal are just as funny and deserve a million too!

  3. zyggie says:

    Wow! Awesome for them. That show and cast are hot right now and the show is soooo funny. My fav character is all of them well….Leonard, Sheldon and Penny (without a last name). Big Bang is great.

  4. Selma says:

    Honestly, I love this show so much, they can’t pay these people enough! All of them are absolutely marvelous, and I wish the show could go on forever!

  5. TV101 says:

    I’ve heard smack all day about the cast not deserving this much coin, etc. Let me break it down for those feeling this way: the studio will make tons more money on that show even after it airs twice on the network. It will stream and sell on other outlets, syndication, etc. etc. The writing makes the show – but so do the actors and both are paid well. They deserve every penny they can get. They also helped make the show the success that it is. So when these moments happen, just think of that – they do deserve it. Its a high stakes game and the road it is littered with failed television shows and actors – but if you strike hot — you do ask for what you rightfully helped build. A million bucks for probably (soon) 4 days of work? It’s awesome. Is it hard for most people in the U.S. to understand? Yep.

  6. Mark says:

    I Think that it’s awesome that The Big Bang Theory is coming back to tv I love the show bignite fan of the show lol keep up the great work guys Live long and prosper lol

  7. Gavin says:

    I think The Big Bang Theory cast should negotiate the same way the Friends cast did, they all got paid the same amount of money. No one person got more than another. That’s the best way to keep everything fair.

    • ann anderson says:

      That will never happen. There were two different pay scales at work from the beginning. Simon and Kunal were always lower than the core three. Friends started out with all six being paid the same. And Mayim and Melissa are at the lowest pay scale and have already signed their new contracts.

  8. wanda lee says:

    Everyone on the show is lovely, but if salary was based on talent Simon Helberg and Mayim Bialik would make the top bucks, though I don’t get why they’re not all making the same amount as they seem to have fairly equal screen time over the course of a season. Agents get 10%, they’re the ones who aggressively push for more. If the top three talents shared an agent he/she would be bringing in $3000,000 a week or $1,200,000 a month. In the end, the network will cave to demands as they’re making billions so it’s really no hardship on them, and ultimately, the talent, though making the big bucks, are everybody’s puppets, and they get all the flack for being selfish and greedy.

  9. Marion says:

    It’s nice to note that the cast and crew aren’t so concerned about the money as continuing to give the audience a stellar show!

  10. Grace says:

    And, what does the crew get? Do they get a percent increase? The studio is making money off their backs as well.

  11. gabe says:

    what about Mayim Bialick and Melissa rauch?

  12. Tony says:

    A little surprised with their previous incomes given the show’s popularity. Well deserved to these three and the rest of the truly talented cast members.

  13. MarinDem says:

    Congratulations ! It looks like Penny finally made it as an actress :-)

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