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.