‘The Big Bang Theory’ Star Tops List Of Highest Paid TV Actors, Next Season To Feature ‘Star Wars’ Plot

The list is out that shares with the world which TV stars rake in the big bucks, and it just happens to be Jim Parsons who captured the top spot for his hilarious antics on the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Surprisingly enough, 11 of the 15 on the highest-paid list for television stars are actually sitcom actors.

Forbes notes that over the course of June 2014 and June 2015, Jim Parsons earned himself a whopping $29 million. Last year, the star of the long-running sitcom sat ninth on the list of 15 actors. As the publication relays, reasons for the boost in Parsons earnings have a little something to do with the negotiated contract he and castmate Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting signed for last season. The new deal earns the pair, along with John Galecki, $1 million per episode and also gives each of the three a 1 percent cut of the “back end profits.”

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Actress Kaley Cuoco (3rd-R) poses with the cast of the Big Bang Theory at the Hollywood Walk of Fame October 29, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Forbes shares the detailed reason for the boost in profit for the Big Bang Theory stars.

“The contract negotiations that helped Parsons nab the top spot and co-star Galecki the second, with $27 million, also helped rocket fellow cast members Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar onto the list at $20 million each. The erstwhile Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali saw their salaries bloom from $100,000 per episode to a reported $800,000. With additional increases to come in the show’s ninth and tenth seasons, their ranks could climb even higher in the coming years.”

Now heading into their ninth season, the cast is ready to continue entertaining audiences with their outrageous predicaments. Recent hints have unveiled that the upcoming season will feature an engaging Star Wars plot. Business Standard communicates that although the show’s producers aren’t quite ready to divulge exactly how Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be incorporated into the season, the presence of Star Wars plot lines has been verified for The Big Bang Theory’s upcoming episodes. The show’s executive producer Steve Molaro chatted with the publication on the subject.

“We’re talking about how that will be weaved into (the guys’) lives. And we have some really cool ideas. It would be weird for us not to mention (The Force Awakens). Obviously, we’re all excited about it, just as human beings — and the characters are as well. I don’t know exactly how it’s going to play in, but it won’t be ignored.”

Tune in on September 21, 2015, for the ninth season’s premiere episode of The Big Bang Theory and join Sheldon (Parsons) along with the rest of the comical characters to see just how it all plays out.

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