‘The Big Bang Theory’: Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch Reach New Deals

Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch Star
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The entire cast of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is back under contract.

Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have finalized their deals with producer Warner Bros. Television to stay with the Chuck Lorre comedy for what is envisioned as its final two seasons, Variety has learned. According to insiders with knowledge of the negotiations, the deal will pay Bialik and Rauch $500,000 per episode for 48 episode. The deals are believed to include a separate development component for both actors.

A representative for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.

CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” in March for two more seasons after finalizing deals with the show’s original five cast members — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who are set to earn $900,000 per episode each. Those five actors each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut from the $1 million that each had been earning in order to free up additional money for Bialik and Rauch’s raises.

Bialik and Rauch had been seeking pay parity with their fellow stars, but the $500,000 per episode fee is a significant increase from the $175,000-$200,000 per episode that each had been making.

“Big Bang” is television’s highest rated comedy. It has been an enormous success in syndication for Warner Bros. and spawned a recently ordered to series spinoff, “Young Sheldon.” But the new first-run episodes will not be a huge moneymaker for the studio or CBS, given the size of cast salaries and production costs.

Bialik and Rauch both first appeared on the comedy in season three and joined the cast the following season. Bialik has earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy nominations for playing Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Rauch’s Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz is a fan favorite whose marriage to Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, and birth of their first child, has been a central storyline for the show’s past three seasons.

Both actors are represented by WME. Bialik is also with manager Tiffany Kuzon of Primary Wave Entertainment and attorney Shep Rosenman. Rauch is with manager Alissa Vradenburg of Untitled Entertainment and attorney Jodi Peikoff.

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  1. Lafferty says:

    Applause to the five originals for taking a hit for their fellow cast members but they shouldn’t have to. This show has been unbelievably profitable for Warner Bros. and they should have raised Raush and Bialik up to $750,000 on their own dime. The show would have died years ago if the original characters hadn’t grown and expanded their world.

  2. Anthony Santacrocre says:

    I wish I could have a wife. like Bernadette she is so Damn hot and I love her voice

  3. EllaBelle says:

    Good for Bialik and Rauch. And hats off to the other cast members for standing in solidarity with them. The Sheldon storyline made a quantum leap when Bialik came on board, and especially given the Emmy nominations and so on, she has been tremendously underpaid for years, in comparison. Rauch, too, has been tremendous and hope that along with the money she gets more to do on the show. While these numbers are daunting to most of us, it’s a question of comparing what the other actors get paid, as well as what the show’s producers and CBS have raked in with sponsorships, syndication, licensing deals, and other income. Would love to see it all scaled back to see that money doing more good in the world, but it is what it is at the moment; same with sports stars.

  4. Tender Puppy! says:

    They are ridiculously overpaid. I respect the other cast members for accepting pay cuts, although I’m sure their agents fought that as hard as they could. (Also possible that a few of them are selfish.) But that’s way too much PER EPISODE per person. Unbelievable. $500,000 should’ve been the maximum for the group as a whole. Interesting how the 2 most talented of the 7 are the least paid.

    • cadavra says:

      Warners is literally–not metaphorically, literally–making billions from the show. Why shouldn’t the actors be properly compensated for their work? Isn’t that what capitalism is all about?

      • cadavra says:

        Writers, producers, etc. also get raises commensurate to a show’s success. The crew members’ pay is pretty steady, but they’re union and are already well compensated.

      • Tender Puppy! says:

        You know what, you do have a point there. If the fat cats get to roll in so much dough, the actors that actually make them the money should get their fair share. But I wonder how the crew, especially the writers, are compensated per episode by comparison.

      • Lafferty says:

        Bialik and Raush are tremendously talented but the original stars are as well. They made the show #1 comedy on television in the first two years.

  5. rocky-o says:

    i watched one episode because i like Mayim Bialik as a person, but, i hated every single character and thought it was the utmost insipid drivel…

    no wonder its number one in america…

    • Lafferty says:

      Does every show have to be Nova to impress you or are you just too humorless to enjoy a well-writtten sitcom? Even Shakespeare wrote comedies and his weren’t all that good.

  6. Steven Tait says:

    Kaley Cuoco is making $900,000 per episode. That’s a pretty Penny. ;-)

  7. sandra says:

    $500,000 per episode for 48 episodes !!

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