The Big Bang Theory Is Back On As Its Stars Are Set To Make A Fortune – as everyone had predicted it seems the main cast members of The Big Bang Theory have secured huge pay increases as the show’s 8th series had filming delayed for the past week.
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki were really holding all the cards from the start as what network executives were likely to want to be the people who lost the top-rated television series in America and what is probably the best-loved comedy since Friends.
The main trio of Penny, Leonard and Sheldon are thought to have got themselves a deal worth $1m each per episode as well as an increased share of the show’s back-end profits. In short that means that Cuoco-Sweeting, Galecki and Parsons are likely to make themselves a cool $100m each over the course of the next 3 years with Warner Bros already having confirmed the show will run for at least 3 more seasons.
You can get some idea of the intensity of negotiations by the fact that each of the 3 main cast members not only had a couple of agents each talking on their behalf but also a separate firm of attorneys representing them.
It perhaps goes without saying that the new deals, when confirmed, will make the trio the highest paid actors on US tv.
Although the original main cast members have signed up to new contracts that will effectively triple their existing incomes, Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) are yet to agree a deal with the network. Despite not yet agreeing a final deal the pair are said to be close to an agreement although their settlement is unlikely to be at the same level as that achieved by their friends and co-stars.
The remaining 2 members of the cast Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) have already agreed new contracts for the show although again not thought to be near the level of Cuoco-Sweeting and co.
Peter Lorre, the creator of The Big Bang Theory, was always confident that things would work out saying ‘There are people at Warner Brothers Television and people representing the actors who have done this before.’
‘This will work itself out. I think it’s great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It’ll work out.’
The pressure was really on to reach a deal as the whole cast is due to have a read-through this Wednesday and the schedule is already 1 week behind. Despite this executives and cast are fairly happy they can make this time up and the 8th series will not have to be trimmed from its anticipated 24 episodes. After all the cast have a lot of money to lose out on if they drop an episode!
The Big Bang Theory is set to premiere with a special hour-long show on 22 September.