Worry no longer, The Big Bang Theory fans: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Johnny Galecki have signed new contracts with Warner Bros.
The top three stars of The Big Bang Theory, TV’s top-rated comedy, have agreed to rich new contracts that will see their salaries tripled and end a standoff that delayed production on the show’s eighth season by a week.
The comedy – which centres on a group of high-functioning science “geeks”- is the most-watched TV show in the US, with an average audience of 23.1 million in 2013-14.
Sources say that estimates first reported by Deadline are correct: Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco’s salaries will jump from their current earnings of $325,000 per episode to roughly $1 million per episode.
Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch previously inked new deals with WBTV, with both earning big raises in September when the cast’s contract talks began.
In addition to the basic salaries, reports indicate that the actors have received other perks in their new contracts — production deals, signing bonuses and ownership of a larger part of the show.
Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are thought to be in line to earn at least $90m each in total over the next three seasons.
The latest salary agreement mirrors that of what the cast members of NBC’s smash sitcom, Friends, received on the show’s final two seasons.
The Big Bang Theory is currently scheduled to to kick off season 8 on Monday, September 22 at 8pm on CBS.