‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 8: Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki Get Mammoth Raises, Because Of Course
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' has become one of the more successful sitcoms in recent memory, achieving a 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'-like popularity that assures its stars will band together for big paydays in the future. And while recent contract negotiations with Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki held up production on season 8, reports suggest the trio have succeeded in negotiating a major raise. Get that sitcom money, nerds!
Like the 'Modern Family' standoff in recent years, there was never any doubt that the network would do what it must to keep its most popular series (and even then, seasons 8, 9 and 10 have already been ordered). Still, following protracted negotiations (the three leads all pushed for the same raises, even with Parsons' increased notoriety), the salaries of Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco’s will rise from $325,000 per episode to approximately $1 million per episode, with a bigger cut of the show’s syndication money from TBS.
At the moment, series stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar remain in negotiations for their own raises, while female leads Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch hammered out their new deals back in September. As with last year, negotiations largely prevented the cast from appearing at their own Comic-Con panel, though Rauch moderated in 2013 with a guest appearance from Galecki, and at least Parsons was in town this year.
So, Bob's your uncle, and the most popular stars of a divisive sitcom pulling in 20 million viewers each week (even in repeat) got a serious chunk of change! Hugs and puppies for everyone? You tell us! Is 'The Big Bang Theory' worth its increasing expenditure, with at least three seasons to go? We remind you...