'Big Bang Theory' stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco sign big new deals to return

By Daniel S Levine,

Fans of The Big Bang Theory can rest easy now. This morning, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki got the pay raise they were looking for. They are finally going to get Friends-style money.

As previously reported, Warner Bros. TV did not have the show’s main trio signed for the show’s upcoming eighth season. Production was supposed to start last week, but the first table read will finally happen on Wednesday.

Contract talks continued furiously through the weekend, as both WBTV and CBS didn’t want to see their most lucrative show stay in headlines any longer for negative reasons. The three were looking for a significant pay raise, after they got $325,000 per episode in their last deals.

Deadline, which first reported on the new deals, confirmed that Cuoco, Galicki and Emmy winner Parsons will each get $1 million per episode, just like the stars of Friends did. The new deals do cover through season 11 and Deadline notes that there is an open door for more. (Of course there is. The show is a huge moneymaker in syndication already.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, WBTV is still working on deals with Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, but they should be set by the end of the week. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch were signed prior to the previous season.

It’s not clear if the one-week delay will really force CBS to push back the Sept. 22 premiere, but Deadline notes that the season order will stay at 24 episodes.

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