Deadline writer Nellie Andreeva has reported that the stars of television's most-watched/highest-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory are receiving salary increases and negotiating their contracts as the show faces license fees.
Series regulars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have both secured salary increases. The actress, both series regulars since 2010, will see their current $20,000-$30,000 per episode salaries nearly double after recent contract renegotiations. Also, the actresses newly renegotiated contracts now stipulate that their salaries will continue to rise and they will both receive an extra year on their current contracts.
There are also planned contract renegotiations for the other five cast members of the series. Mirroring their last salary renegotiations in 2010 stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco will renegotiate their salaries as one group while Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will pair off in separate negotiations. Galecki, Pasons and Cuoco could all see their salaries rise to $500,000 per episode after the new deals are finalized.
Now that Bialik's and Rauch's new deals are finalized the rest of the cast will renegotiate their deals in the spring at the end of the show's seventh season. At that time the series itself will be up for renewal as CBS will renegotiate the series' license fee.
The seventh season of The Big Bang theory will premiere with a one-hour episode Thursday, September 26 at 8PM/EST on CBS.