The Internet is abuzz with the news that “The Big Bang Theory” actors Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are about to sign a contract with Warner Bros. TV for the amount of $1 million per episode beginning this fall. The three are expected to sign a three-year contract that includes a higher cut of the profits for re-runs and other development deals, reports People on August 4.
The $1 million salary represents more than triple the actors’ current salary and makes them three of the highest paid TV actors in history.
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) and Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler), have already signed their contracts for season 8 to the tune of 60,000 per episode, but have not settled the details for season 9 and 10, yet.
Meanwhile, Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) have not worked out all the details of their contracts, yet. Business Insider reports today that the two currently make more than $100,000 per episode and are negotiating for a higher salary and other terms for season 8 through 10.
Negotiations are expected to wrap up by Wednesday, which means the cast is likely to be back to work soon. The Premiere of season 8 of “The Big Bang Theory” is scheduled for Sept. 22.
“The Big Bang Theory” debuted on Sept. 24, 2007 on NBC. For the first three seasons, Galecki, Parsons, and Cuoco received a salary of approximately $60,000 per episode.
The show will move from its Thursday night slot in the fall until football season is over. It will then move back to its regular slot on Thursdays.
Geeks may not have won any popularity contests in high school, but it seems geeks are getting the last laugh now. Not only is the cast hilarious, they are raking in the big bucks, too.