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'Big Bang Theory': 3 Top Stars Finally Settle on Salary Contracts

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In this 2010 file photo, actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 04 Aug 2014 03:40 PM

The production delay for the eight season of "The Big Bang Theory" may be coming to an end after Warner Brothers TV negotiated new contracts with three of the show’s five stars.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco reportedly jumped from $325,000 per episode to a deal that will give them about $1 million per half-hour show, sources told Deadline. That puts them up there with “Friends” cast members, who were rumored to hit the million-dollar mark as their show’s popularity grew.

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Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still negotiating their contracts, Deadline said.

Along with tripling their per-show salary, sources said the three stars also get a larger piece of show ownership. With the show renewed for three seasons, they each should earn more than $90 million over that time.

Production has been delayed one week as the stars and network negotiated, and The Hollywood Reporter said it’s not clear yet whether the 24 shows for the next season will be adjusted because of the lost filming time.

"The Big Bang Theory" will open its eighth season with an hour-long episode on Sept. 22. The show will open its season on Monday evenings instead of the usual Thursdays because CBS will be showing Thursday night NFL games.

Although the contract negotiations slowed production down, executive producer and co-creator Chuck Lorre said even before the deals were reached that it wasn’t problem.

"There are people at Warner Brothers Television and people representing the actors who have done this before," he told the The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

As news of the top dollars being paid to "Big Bang Theory" cast members broke, many online had plenty to say about those numbers.



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