The Big Bang Theory contract talks have produced a winning deal, and season 8 will become a reality after all. On Monday, news came out that deals were reached with Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons. Fans had been feeling a bit nervous over the stalemate and production delays, but Deadline reports that the stars got major deals and things will soon move forward.
According to Deadline, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco have all agreed to three-year deals after The Big Bang Theory contract talks led to “marathon negotiations” throughout the weekend. The show’s stars had been sticking together and wanted the kind of money the stars of Friends got in their deal that made headlines back in the day, and it sounds as if the trio got what they wanted.
As of now, reps for the stars and Warner Bros. have not commented on the contacts. However, reports indicate that the three got $1 million per episode for seasons 8, 9 and 10. It also seems that there is talk of season 11, and there are significant signing bonuses in play as well. Not only will Cuoco, Galecki and Parsons receive a tidy sum per episode, they will get additional enticements related to back-end, production opportunities and show ownership.
The deals are said to be worth about $90 million for each of the three The Big Bang Theory stars, and the contracts could be worth even more if the show continues to remain strong when it comes to syndication.
Fellow co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch already have deals in place for this season, so that leaves Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg left to bring on-board before season 8 production can begin. It is said that deals are nearly in place for those two, though they won’t get contracts like the big three received. As TVLine notes, Big Bang Theory contract talks are progressing for Nayyar and Helberg and deals are expected to be in place either Monday or Tuesday.
There has been a great deal of buzz regarding these contract negotiations with Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, with many wondering if the cast was really worth as much as they wanted. Few believed the show would really disappear over all of this, but fans are glad to see that a deal has been reached.
The Big Bang Theory is a huge hit for CBS, so it was awfully unlikely the two sides wouldn’t find a way to strike a deal. At this point, the show is only about a week behind schedule, so everybody is hopeful they can make up some time and stay on-track for a full 24 episodes this season. The Season 8 premiere is slated to air on CBS on Sept. 22, and fans are anxious to see if The Big Bang Theory will meet the deadline now that contract talks have yielded positive results.
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