Big Bang Theory Star Trio Gets $1 Million Per Episode for Season 8

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Big Bang Theory Star Trio Gets $1 Million Per Episode for Season 8

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Production is set to resume for Big Bang Theory's eighth season as the stars have inked new deals -- with Raj and Howard almost being written off due to salary issues.

Fans of CBS' top-rated comedy The Big Bang Theory can rest easy, as production has now resumed for the show with all five core cast members resolving their payment issues. After salary negotiations pushed back Season 8's production start date, Warner Bros' and main star trio Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstader), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) have finally agreed to the tune of new three-year contracts of $1 million per episode for Season 8. In comparison, the trio used to earn "just" $300,000 per episode. Once you factor in all the perks such as signing bonuses and back-end fees, the trio will most likely net north of $90 million over the three-year span.

As for Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) and Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz), the duo have also agreed to new terms. While no exact figures have been revealed just yet, it's said Nayyar and Helberg's pay will jump to the "mid six-figure" range from the $75,000 and $125,000 (respectively) the two were paid previously. Sources also say that the duo negotiated through a lawyer who pushed hard for salary parity with Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco. Unfortunately, the studio didn't budge and reportedly even handed a take-it-or-leave-it offer and a deadline, with the actors' reps advised that both characters would be written out of the series if negotiations didn't pan out. Allegedly, it was not just the studio who was playing hardball, either -- exec producers Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro were so frustrated by the prolonged salary negotiations that they were already preparing a script that did not involve both Helberg and Nayyar.

In a statement, Warner Bros. said, "Production on season eight of 'The Big Bang Theory' will begin Wednesday, August 6, with contract negotiations now having been concluded." There you go, Big Bang fans. Your favorite nerds will once again be back to tickle your funny bone -- and get insanely rich in the process.

Source: Deadline, Variety

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Kind of reminds me of the six stars of Friends; in the early seasons I think they were paid something like $40,000 per episode, on average, with different ones making different amounts of money.

The difference here being that all six of them basically banded together when it came to contract negotiations, and made it abundantly clear that any price increases they insisted upon had to be throughout the group, so that each of them got paid the same amount. Their initial demands I believe for about 100,000 per episode, but they continued to press as the series went on and got increasingly popular, and I believe that actually they reached the same $1 million per episode payment scheme, as well as a cut in syndication profits I believe. It was definitely notable, because of their focus on collective bargaining strategy, making sure that regardless of year-to-year popularity for each individual character, they were all benefiting equally. And God only knows having all six of them pushing for better salaries was a pretty successful tactic. Nayyar and Helberg might very well have gotten what they wanted if the other three had banded together with them. xD

SeventhSigil:
Kind of reminds me of the six stars of Friends; in the early seasons I think they were paid something like $40,000 per episode, on average, with different ones making different amounts of money.

The difference here being that all six of them basically banded together when it came to contract negotiations, and made it abundantly clear that any price increases they insisted upon had to be throughout the group, so that each of them got paid the same amount. Their initial demands I believe for about 100,000 per episode, but they continued to press as the series went on and got increasingly popular, and I believe that actually they reached the same $1 million per episode payment scheme, as well as a cut in syndication profits I believe. It was definitely notable, because of their focus on collective bargaining strategy, making sure that regardless of year-to-year popularity for each individual character, they were all benefiting equally. And God only knows having all six of them pushing for better salaries was a pretty successful tactic. Nayyar and Helberg might very well have gotten what they wanted if the other three had banded together with them. xD

Good point. Yeah, I remember that about Friends. Maybe the trio are in better terms with each other or maybe they have better lawyers? I gather the studio assumed the show can survive without Raj and Howard but not without the core three.

Why can't this series just die already? I mean, when was the last time it was actually funny? I quit season 4 when I finally realised they weren't going to go beyond mocking geeks and nerds for the same negative stereotypes over and over.

The series was kinda funny at the start but now has become played out and incredibly boring. Cancel it now. The most fun I've had out of it in recent seasons is these stupid memes which basically sum up the entire show now:

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When I read this news about contract negotiations my first thought is always "Who needs that much money??"
But then I remember the galactic profits the Networks are shuffling in with this and the actors deserve their fair share.
I still think writers and directors are underrepresented in US TV Land, though. They need more fame for their awesome work!

On the show itself:
Yeah, it had better times. But guys, millions of people still enjoy this, so why do you even take the time to write "die already?"
Don't be that person....

I never really got into it myself, but I can see why people like it. Yes they are making fun of nerds to a degree, but not all of them. Some people seem to get angry at a TV show about a bunch of folks who are walking stereotypes.

Beyond that, I was going to say they don't need that much money, but then someone pointed out that with all the money that the show makes, they deserve a certain portion, and with all they make, it makes sense to get that kind of money. Still, funny how they are asking for 1 million per episode, when they were making a years salary or even more per episode before getting the contract up to a higher amount.

I am sickened by this. The shows popularity, how much money these hack actors earn, the fact its still getting more episodes. All of it, just fills me with disgust.

Well this seems like a massive dick move to Howard and Raj, without them, the show has no room for any growth whatsoever. Was Raj just going to randomly pack up and go back to India? What about Bernadette? Where they just going to have Howard die in a catastrophic space accident and leave Bernadette to pick up the pieces?

I can only assume that Penny and Leonard have some really good lawyers, because they're not really any more important to the shows success than Howard and Raj, Sheldon is the one that makes the show popular, they one they can't do without.

In fact, Penny is the least important character I'd say, she basically has nothing to do other than to soley exist as an annoyance to Sheldon (which is unnecessary for obvious reasons), the relationship between Leonard and her is like smashing a square into a round hole, and before now just knocked about because the writers wanted to telegraph the most obvious shipping situation ever.

Leonard, Raj and Howard should be getting equal pay, it makes sense that Sheldon gets more money, for the reason that he's the shows breakout character who they could never do without, but otherwise out of the four MAIN CHARACTERS, Raj and Howard are getting screwed over big time.

I enjoy the show occasionally, but you cannot justify these types of payments. Sure they're decent at what they do, but not $1m dollars decent.

Same applies to footballers, they do not deserve the stupidly high amounts of $$$$$ transfers, weekly wages they get for kicking a ball about and falling over clutching their legs if there's a slight breeze in the air.

But whatever, that's how the world sadly works.

That's a lot of dough, though this seems to be the norm once these sitcoms get off the ground. That's about how much Jerry Seinfeld was earning when that was at the peak of it's popularity. Same goes for the Simpsons cast, though I think they earn slightly less because they're voice actors.

Will Melissa Raunch and Mayam Bilak be getting any windfall from this deal? It would be unfair if they didn't, since I reckon the Big Bang Theory was at it's best when they joined the main cast.

AndrewC:
I enjoy the show occasionally, but you cannot justify these types of payments. Sure they're decent at what they do, but not $1m dollars decent.

Same applies to footballers, they do not deserve the stupidly high amounts of $$$$$ transfers, weekly wages they get for kicking a ball about and falling over clutching their legs if there's a slight breeze in the air.

But whatever, that's how the world sadly works.

As someone else stated before, we don't know how it works behind the scenes. For all we know, the fat cats in charge of the news station, and the directors are probably getting paid a fuck ton more money than them, while the actors (you know, the visible people we actually see) are getting paid peanuts to them. I wouldn't be surprised if they all banded together to get more of the slice all the higher ups are sharing.

Dragonbums:
As someone else stated before, we don't know how it works behind the scenes. For all we know, the fat cats in charge of the news station, and the directors are probably getting paid a fuck ton more money than them, while the actors (you know, the visible people we actually see) are getting paid peanuts to them. I wouldn't be surprised if they all banded together to get more of the slice all the higher ups are sharing.

Yeah, the producers etc rake in TONS of money.

The thing is, these actors held out on letting the show continue until they got more money, they were already earning 'a metric fuckton' to put it one way. Just seems like good old fashioned greed.

what about the only actual scientist (Mayim Bialik) ?

The funniest thing about the show is watching the geek community react to it, so much rage. I'm not into the show but...

I only saw a couple of minutes from different episodes of this show while channel-flipping every now and then. A buddy of mine really loves it and recommended it to me, but I couldn't see too much enjoyable in it (I didn't really give it a chance, though). It seems like your regular sitcom with a bit more "nerdy", "geeky" and "sciencey" jokes, although the "nerdy" and "geeky" stuff seemed about as fake as it usually is when done for a wider audience and the "sciencey" stuff seemed... meh, well, I'm not a physicist. Maybe, if I was, I'd find it funnier. Or, maybe, I'd tear my hair out because it's so awful, I dunno. Guess it's nice for these actors, but I can't really understand earning that much money for so little work. I guess it's just that successful, so it's justified via the audience numbers.

This is really sick greed...
They are just actors, and no actors should not make that much money for the job they do.
Give the writers some more, THEY make the actual jokes.
This show is entertaining, but not THAT great.

Give all those millions to people in poverty!!!

maybe they can give the money to the much better show community

I really don't like this show, its essentially all that's wrong with societies view on nerd culture. Many times when I tell people my hobbies they think I am a nerd from the show and thus socially awkward.

BEING A NERD DOES NOT MAKE YOU SOCIALLY AWKWARD, BEING SOCIALLY AWKWARD DOES!

The "nerd" jokes are complete trash, the only one I remembered from the one episode that I watched was along the lines of "Sheldon cheating , penny saying he was like Kert from Star-trek during his exam and Sheldon acting impressed."

The only reason the script writer knew about this lore from star-trek was cause it was in the film which every person watched.

It simply points out how shallow the so called geeky jokes are.

The Big Bang Theory is nothing but a show that panders cheap sitcom style jokes at the cost of poking fun at a certain aspect of society while pretending they are actually supporting it.

How I Met Your Mother was miles ahead in terms of story and jokes than TBBT is ...

Good! Maybe this will cause a rift among the rest of the cast who will strike or hold out for more money causing production to cease and finally resulting in this show's cancellation.

That was a long sentence. But it felt good to type it.

Funny, from the occasional bit I've caught from time to time, Raj and Howard were the only two characters with actual story arcs. Sheldon spouted meme caatchphrases and the other two were just the token mismatched couple thats in every sitcom.

Show had potential early, but it's far too set in its ways and is now being milked to a slow death. You could just about make a 6-7 slice pie graph to represent the shows entire joke repertoire that gets reused over and over.

It really went to shit when they decided all the characters had to be coupled with love interests too. It's become less about about appealing to geeks and more about pointing out the otherwise generic considerations of 30-something couples. (Like just about every other sitcom in existence)

Calling it now. Show is officially the new Two and a Half Men.

PunkRex:
The funniest thing about the show is watching the geek community react to it, so much rage. I'm not into the show but...

It is pretty funny. Personally, I find it even funnier that so many of the same people would bitch about SJWs if any other group was raging.

If you think the show went bad, you should watch the pilot. The show might have been quite amazing have they went with the original character designs instead of the mocking stereotypes which only get worse and worse and worse and worse and worse (or so I'm assuming. I stopped watching long ago).

Also what exactly are these people paid for? The Howard guy, Leonard guy and Penny lady are good actors but their whole acting in this show is just switching between 2 face expressions (smiling at partner/annoyed by Sheldon). The Sheldon guy is just playing himself as he character has no characterization except 'comically annoying'. At least Penny is cute.

If I was doing this show, I'd demand that much money too. Heck, I'd want that much money just to watch the show.

Zachary Amaranth:

PunkRex:
The funniest thing about the show is watching the geek community react to it, so much rage. I'm not into the show but...

It is pretty funny. Personally, I find it even funnier that so many of the same people would bitch about SJWs if any other group was raging.

Christ, I hate that term. It's like when someone says 'hater', they think it ends the argument right their and anything else is just opinionated ranting.

The show is funny. I'm happy they are making more seasons. Good for them that they got more money out of it.

PunkRex:

Christ, I hate that term. It's like when someone says 'hater', they think it ends the argument right their and anything else is just opinionated ranting.

Not a fan of the term, but I do love the irony.

"That show is offensive!"
"STFU, SJW! Now, the Big Bang Theory offends me, so it's different!"

Except, you know, that's far too self aware.

ron1n:
Calling it now. Show is officially the new Two and a Half Men.

Well that brings up the point that Charlie Sheen was the highest paid TV actor for a while being on an equally/more shitty show that he didn't even have to act in considering his character was a sexaholic, substance abusing, rich white guy named Charlie.

Why shouldn't the stars of a network's biggest show hold out for a matching salary? The network makes more money from advertising, syndication and merchandising that their salary is just a drop in the bucket.

My wife tried to get me into the show because she and her friends love it. I can't suspend my disbelief that they would endure Sheldon for any reason. From what I've seen, he adds nothing to the group. I asked "is this one of those shows where people don't like him, but they have to put up with him because he helps them pay the rent in a nice building that they otherwise would not have been able to afford?" The answer I received was "no." So they pander to Sheldon's very particular tastes because... all of the other characters are "real enough" to me. I can put myself into their shoes for the most part. What I cannot wrap my mind around is why the hell they would put up with Sheldon or worse yet, bend to his ridiculous whim. Everything I've seen about him makes me think "I would be rubbing my forehead constantly in frustration if I had to be around that guy, and would avoid him at all costs."

As for the contracts, as mentioned here, it sucks the the trio decided "fuck those other guys, we've gotta get ours," as opposed to "let's all stick it out and demand equal pay." I think the network would have caved if those 3 said "pay us all 1 million, or you'll have to write us out of the show as well." I'm not in the business, but I imagine it awkward to work with people that you know don't have your back. What's it like reporting to work knowing that your co-stars are making that much more than you, and weren't willing to go to bat for you? I'm not saying that a janitor has every right to be angry that he's not being paid the same as a CEO. But in this case, as seen with the actors in "Friends," they could have banded together and demanded more. Instead, the trio said "good luck!" That sucks.

SeventhSigil:
Kind of reminds me of the six stars of Friends

That came to my mind immediately, as well. I vividly recall the news that they were turning down something like $750K USD per episode in holding out for the cool million, per actor.

Yet somehow it's nearly impossible to say an actor is greedy. Everyone just agrees they deserve to be zillionaires for being so sooper talented. Only the TV studio could be greedy for *not* paying out extra zillions to already wealthy actors. I'm sure there's a 99% that might benefit if the 1% of actors would stop their greed, maybe because salary superficially reflects upon value and status in the industry.

They're each going to be making a million per episode? I can't believe enough people watch the show to warrant that amount.

AgedGrunt:

SeventhSigil:
Kind of reminds me of the six stars of Friends

That came to my mind immediately, as well. I vividly recall the news that they were turning down something like $750K USD per episode in holding out for the cool million, per actor.

Yet somehow it's nearly impossible to say an actor is greedy. Everyone just agrees they deserve to be zillionaires for being so sooper talented. Only the TV studio could be greedy for *not* paying out extra zillions to already wealthy actors. I'm sure there's a 99% that might benefit if the 1% of actors would stop their greed, maybe because salary superficially reflects upon value and status in the industry.

Playing Devil's advocate: they got the one million. In hindsight, they would have been fools to accept less than that when it's clear (now) that the network was willing to give it. Let's distill it: the network is willing to give you 1 million, so why would you settle for less than that? We can go back on forth about whether or not that makes them greedy, and how it affects the other 99%, but I think the lesson is "don't settle for less."

That's something that I hope to instill in my daughter, but I don't know how. Especially without her coming across as a "greedy, selfish, bitch," or whatever else people will say. But I don't want her "settling" in life. I want her to get/take as much as she can. While it's not "fair" that these actors are paid 1 million per episode, and school teachers probably don't make that their entire careers, life isn't fair, and I think we'll accomplish more if we quit pretending that it is.

People are still watching this after they turned a somewhat funny show into a worse version of friends when they gave each guy his girl and turned 90% of the conversations about relationship problems with some "nerd"-lingo in between?

But good for them i guess. And not so good for Howard and Raj - i preferred those 2 characters to the rest. *shrug*
So much to that non-news.

I find it odd, only people on the internet seem to dislike/hate Big Bang Theory, every single scientist I know in real life (from US, England, Malta, Germany, Italy, and Denmark) either like or love the show.

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