This one’s one for the records: The leading cast of TV’s The Big Bang Theory has just hit the big time.
By pulling a Friends and negotiating new contracts en groupe, Jim Parsons (far right), Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco have ensured that they will paid a cool mill an ep for the next three years.
News of the trio’s new deals closing was announced bright and early today, after some down-to-the-wire negotiations, just two days before the (new) Aug. 6 production start date on the show’s eighth season.
OK. Let’s do the math. One million dollars an episode...for a 24-ep season (three years equals 72 shows)....
That’s a lot of jack.
And that’s just for the shows. The new deals include signing bonuses, increases in their ownership of the The Big Bang Theory, advances on the show’s back-end, production deals, and the possibility of an 11th season.
Not to mention some cool bragging right$ and a piece of the do-they-deserve-it? debate.
Meanwhile, their co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are also negotiating reupps together and are thisclose to getting their way, too.
There’s no way they won’t. Not when there’s this much serious money on the table...and to be made (for all involved).
Update: Deals for Helberg and Nayyar were ironed out on Aug. 5. And they are huge deals, too...to the tune of north of $70 million for three years.
Like I said. Jack for everyone!