The cast of The Big Bang Theory can rest easy tonight knowing they will all be making an insane amount of money over the next few years. Contract talks between the remaining unsigned cast members and CBS have been resolved and all systems are go for the first Season 8 table read to finally get underway.
Core cast members Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki cashed in yesterday by inking a three-year deal that will pay them each $1 million per episode through Season 10, which has already been ordered by the network. TVLine estimates that each of the trio will end up pocketing north of $90 million over three years once back-end fees and signing bonuses are figured in.
With Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already under contract for this season from prior deals, the only holdouts left entering today were Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. The pair earned $125k and $175k per episode last season, respectively, and each signed new pacts today that should provide them with sizable raises moving forward. The pay dump isn’t likely anywhere near the $1 million sum per episode that Cuoco, Parsons and Galecki nabbed.
Now that CBS has all seven The Big Bang Theory cast members under contract, the delayed Season 8 table read will commence Wednesday, August 6. The cast and crew will have to work briskly considering the Season 8 premiere is already etched into a September 22 debut and the network will not be wavering on that date.