Report: Big Bang Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco Ink New $90 Million Deals

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Warner Bros. has shown Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco the money.

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After protracted negotiations that pushed back the show’s Season 8 start date until Wednesday, the trio have agreed to new three-year contracts worth $1 million an episode, per Deadline. (That’s up from the $300K-an-episode they had been earning.) When all the perks are factored in — including signing bonuses and back-end fees — the actors will likely pocket north of $90 million over the three years.

With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco on board, and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already signed, all eyes turn to Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (who are currently fetching $125 and $75K per episode, respectively). The pair remain in active talks are are expected to close new pacts today or, at the latest, tomorrow.

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Back in March, CBS renewed Big Bang for three more seasons — through May 2017 — contingent on the cast’s contracts staying current. According to Deadline, the actors’ new contracts leave open the possibility of an 11th season.

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267 Comments
  1. Khalil says:

    Greedy !

    • Doris says:

      I have never watched a complete episode, it’s not my type of comedy but it seems CBS feels that they are worth it $$$$$! Show me the $$$$!

    • Ctina1973 says:

      You would rather all that money go to the soulless network and the actors be broke in 15 years? They gotta make their money while they can.

      • Mark says:

        If the Actors are worth a Million an episode what are the writers worth —- because without the script the actors are nothing more than bystanders and I can guarantee you anything you like the writers aren’t on fantastic wages like this lot. Pay the real talent and inspiration for the show more and this lot less. Bring parity to the entertainment industry….

        • TV Gord says:

          Since none of us know how much the writers are making, that’s a tenuous argyment. Also, various writers work on this show, so clearly, they are replaceable. The stars of this show are not. I agree with you that the show succeeds on the talents of the writing, but you’re arguing apples and oranges.

          • TV Gord says:

            Sorry, I meant “argument”, and I also meant “the talents of the writers”.

          • Zippy says:

            More to the point if you do not get the actors the show is over pretty much immediately. With the writers you can last a while before you notice the writing sucks. Writers are definitely under-valued and more often than not a show ultimately dies because of a lack of respect for the writers.

            The actors are basically the only ones that get a big enough bargaining chip to be able to force the studios to actually share some of the hundreds of millions of dollars the show makes.

          • briantoohey says:

            And not even that. Many shows shovel poor writing to the audience with familiar faces audiences have become used to. You can make bad writing pretty palatable with charismatic actors (at least to the mediocre majority), which doesn’t require any more time and won’t throw a wrench in the machine. But it takes a lot of time to craft truly great scripts, and that’s often time they don’t have.

      • BKA says:

        How about the networks charge less for the advertising fees, so the products and services we pay for cost less? How about that?

    • lilk says:

      if WB is making $1bill a year from the cast, they arent being greedy to want their fair share. After this show ends they may never work again so they should accumulate $ now. Also dont forget there are taxes, manager fees, agent fees, on that $1mill an ep.

      • briantoohey says:

        That’s what people don’t understand. First of all, with agents and managers fees and taxes, they end up making about half of what they actually seem to make.

        Secondly, actors often work at the poverty level for decades until they essentially win the lottery by getting lucky enough to be cast in something that becomes a hit. And after that, there are no guarantees. You need to make enough money with that one project to cover the rest of your life and be able to support your kids. As an actor, you’re either working almost for free, or making a ludicrous amount.

        But if you’re the face of a property, and what is responsible for the success of it in people’s minds, it’s certainly not greedy to want a small per cent of a billion dollar empire. I understand that people get angry out of petty jealousy, but the alternative is for more of that billion-dollar empire to go into the pockets of corporations and conglomerates. The only way to change this is to change the way the world works and consumerism exists… and that means for people to stop supporting large corporations and name brand products. Buy local, buy from mom and pop shops, support plays and the like in your home town.

        Perhaps some day people will wise up, and artists working on a smaller scale, teachers, and lower wage jobs will have significant salary bumps. In that model, we’d be supporting individuals, and not rewarding large corporations who market to us with recognized and familiar brand names that instill a false sense of comfort and security. People could choose to do more of what they enjoy doing, and less of what makes the most money, because it would be more of a level playing field and less of a difference. The problem with that… is it starts to border on socialism and communism… and Americans always make a hard left away from that and continue to throw their coin at autonomous corporations that are essentially poisoning them and raping their futures via Orwellian crowd control utilizing economic and sociological restraints, just so they can eat their Big Mac while holding their Friends security blanket.

        • S. says:

          The voice of wisdom. If anybody watches the Hollywood Reporter’s comedy showrunners panel with Chuck Lorre as one of the panelists, he says he loves it when actors show up in expensive German cars and stuff. That they should go ahead and get what they can get. It means things are going well and why the heck shouldn’t they benefit? Big Bang Theory is co-created by Chuck Lorre. I’m sure he’s fine with them coming away with a ton of dough. Remember how much he must be getting. CBS isn’t gonna shut the show down and they all know it. It’s their flagship sitcom and cash cow. I don’t blame the actors for getting their piece. It’s not like the corporations involved aren’t making bank, way more than they are.

          • lilk says:

            chuck shouldnt be lving when his cast show up in big expensive german cars.
            are those cars bought outright or leased?
            he should be asking if they have an accountant and if they sign all their checks!

        • BKA says:

          That’s no excuse for this level of greed.

    • King says:

      Jealous much? $90 million in three years per actor is nothing compared to billions of dollars CBS and WB will be making out of the show. Some people just can’t get simple things like this.

      • WalterWhite says:

        Doctors,Fire fighters and police should be making the millions.

        • Joe says:

          Some doctors do make millions. Depends on their medical field. As far as firefighters and police go, do you have any idea how high taxes would have to be to pay them all that much money? People always say things like this, but I don’t see anyone stepping forward and saying they want to pay way more in taxes so that these public servants get paid that much more money. If you want to campaign for that, then by all means go ahead.

          • Abby says:

            I’d pay more. So, it’s not that you don’t hear ANYBODY, it’s that you don’t hear enough.

          • TV Gord says:

            How much more, Abby? You realize how much it would cost to their five-figure salaries to a million dollars each, don’t you? Most people would be bankrupt after such a tax hike.

          • abz says:

            @TV Gord: You keep defending them all over this message board, but just because they may deserve their share doesn’t mean it’s right (and that goes for the company as well not just the actors). The entire way this entertainment industry is right now is disgusting and absurd. Fat cats at the top making so much money for doing what? Actors demanding more money than they can spend in a lifetime just so they can support their extravagant lifestyles and frivolous expenses. And you can’t really equate the work of actors to work that regular everyday professions do. Standing around waiting to say your lines and laughing and having fun with your cast and resting in your fancy trailers eating craft service is not really the same thing as being a teacher, doctor, policeman, lawyer, etc.
            Back to my point, I don’t care if this is how the industry works, it doesn’t mean that it’s right or that we have to agree with it. These people are making ABSURD amounts of money. I don’t care what anyone says, NO ONE NEEDS THAT MUCH MONEY. Not the actors. Not the money hungry execs. That amount of money can feed and house millions. The $300K/episode that this article mentioned they were making alone would have probably set them up for life.
            I don’t get how so many can continue to justify the wages being given and the money this entertainment industry is making when there are literally people starving not just in third world countries but here in North America as well. Families are struggling to live on minimum wage and being unable to healthily and stably raise their families, students working their asses off to get through school while working part time to pay off tuition, etc., while these Hollywood people make more money than MANY people might see in three lifetimes. I mean look at the prices for tickets and concessions at movie theatres and how ridiculously high they are. This is not jealousy as I see many people calling others who disagree with this on this message board. It’s anger at the reality of this unjust world where actors and execs make these absurd amounts of money while the rest of the world is struggling to survive (and whoever doesn’t at least acknowledge that this IS in fact an ABSURD amount of money is in need of a head check).

          • TV Gord says:

            Well, abz, when you figure out how to change the way the world works, you let us know. In the meantime, these actors deserve their share of the profits that their show brings in.

        • lilkunta reply to walter white says:

          dr ARE making millions.

          HELL TO no police. abusers they are.

      • reginald denny says:

        Well King, yeah. Its nothing as compared. But walk upto your boss and demand a 300-400% raise and watch them show you the door. Please, that is the oldest.b.s…..who cares how much CBS and others make? If you wanna make that kind of cheese, start your own production company! Until then, quit holding owners in ransom. Same with professional sports.

        • JMill says:

          I guarantee you, if I was key in generating the kind of cash that these actors bring in, my boss would be backing up the money truck to my door with a big, fat grin on his face. The only thing he’d be showing me is a contract with a noncompete clause in it. :)

          • slave says:

            WTF dude, do you see the CEO of General Motors pay package? She earned way less than the stupid actress even though she was responsible for keeping a fortune 500 company worth US$400billion afloat. No one earns that much in except for these greedy pigs

          • TV Gord says:

            Why are you focusing on the “stupid actress” and not the others. It seems as though you have a problem with her specifically. Also, why make false comparisons that have nothing to do with the simple fact that the show is a money-maker, and the actors deserve to share in those profits. (I hope they get a raise every time somebody puts them down because of the jealousy of those flinging the put downs.)

  2. Jake says:

    Kinda absurd if you think about it.

    • TV Gord says:

      No, it’s absurd at first glance. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. As others have explained, if they are earning millions for Warner Brothers, why shouldn’t they get a share of that?

      • Lowie says:

        I wonder why there aren’t “Occupy Hollywood” demonstrations in LA. Why do people not seem to mind when entertainers make mega millions but howl when business executives do the same? I wonder what the extras, make-up, lighting, costume and “gophers” make? Do they get a nice big cut of the pie, too? One good thing, their taxes will help whatever states they call home. Unless, of course, they hire tax attorneys to find loophoes, create shelters or just send it off-shore somewhere. I love the show and have watched it from the beginnning… and still will, but these salaries are obscene.

        • Joe says:

          The reality is, extras, make-up people and gophers are all essentially replaceable. If they were to quit because they are unhappy with their pay or they are fired for whatever reason, the show could easily hire someone else and it would have no impact on the show’s success or profitability. The same cannot be said of lead actors. A good example of that would be what happened years ago with The Dukes of Hazard. The lead actors wanted more money so the network fired them and replaced them with new actors. The show’s ratings then tanked and the network therefore made much less money. It was so much of a disaster that they ended up caving and hiring the two lead actors. The same wouldn’t happen with any individual member of the crew. People aren’t going to stop watching a show because they replaced someone from make-up or a lighting guy. Therefore the cast are deemed more important and therefore get paid more money. Pretty simple stuff really.

  3. Mike says:

    More deserving of the large amounts than Ashton Kutcher.

  4. Teri says:

    Sorry, ridiculous amount. They work 9 months like teachers who make $50-75,000 a year and they work just as hard.

    • Russ says:

      If they are each making $90 million just imagine how much the studio is making off this show? While teacher’s do admirable work they don’t generate theprofits these performers do.

      • Tara Freeman says:

        exactly. people don’t seem to get this

      • Megan says:

        Yes – exactly! They are just getting their piece.

      • Anna Karima says:

        If you can read a script, thank a teacher.

        • Angie says:

          This is ridiculous, they are NOT worth this amount. IMO when the actors hold off for more $ they should just cancel the show & no other channel should pick them up! these actors/players, etc. should not be able to demand these salaries. They should put this in the initial signing of the contract BEFORE it/if the program becomes popular.

          • Mary says:

            Are you kidding? Do you really think they’d be able to ask for a lot of money before the show even airs and they know for sure how well it’s going to do? Studios would be losing a lot of money if they paid huge salaries to actors and then the show only is aired for one or two episodes and it’s pulled due to low ratings. It’s only because it has become so popular and the networks are making a lot of money off of them that they can even ask for salaries like this.

          • TV Gord says:

            You really don’t understand the way the world works.

      • Boiler says:

        Please get some perspective. This is crazy. I don’t care how much the show makes, there is no excuse for these ridiculous salaries. We pay in the end just like sports and movies. More commercials, higher cable fees, etc. They do not deserve this. They are fortunate they fell into a show that the writers did well on.

        • Adam says:

          Boller you are truly clueless. Even if the actors get paid a dollar an episode they would still be bringing in the same amount of money regardless. Do you think all that extra the studios saves is gonna be sent to charity or something.

          You have every right to demand how much you think you are worth and your employer has every right to fire you if they think not. Clearly they think they are worth all this money. Its as simple as that.

          • Hannah says:

            Exactly.
            If anyone complaining in this comment section had a family member on the show, they’d all be encouraging them to leverage their position to get every dollar possible.
            The issue of teachers being paid too little is independent of actors making a lot of money. Actors making less doesn’t make teachers more.

          • Annie says:

            What’s classless, in this day and age, is dismissing obscene salaries to a privileged few without the merest nod to the realities the vast majority of us struggle with daily. Sorry but this IS crazy.

          • Boiler says:

            Nah. These ridiculous salaries paid to actors, as well as athletes, are nuts. Believe it or not we pay in the end somehow. Maybe the people sticking up for these salaries are independently wealthy

          • Adam says:

            @Annie, Boller. You guys seriously don’t get it. You act as if people that make a lot of money don’t deserve it. If people are wiling to pay them that amount then they deserve it. They shouldn’t be criticized if they decide to spend it all on themselves or give it all away.

            I’m a college student that is thousands of dollars in debt but you don’t see me getting indignant about people earning what they can.

        • TV Gord says:

          Once again, cable fees are not tied to actors salaries in any way. That’s just not true. Let’s nip that one in the bud. It’s ridiculous–if you’re seriously thinking about this–to say that you don’t care how much a show makes. That’s a meaningless statement. I mean, if the stars don’t get their fair share of the profits, where do you think that money goes? It doesn’t go to teacher and emergency workers (as others have suggested). It stays in the pockets of the folks at Warner Brothers. Those are the only options.

          • Brandy says:

            Yes they are.You don’t seem to understand how it works.Why do you think movie ticket prices have gone up so in 10-20 years?The studios pay some big stars huge salary and wants to make sure the movie not only makes enough to cover the big stars huge salary but other production costs plus make a profit. Then stuiod pass that on to adverstisers and to us the consumer( which is why movie tickets and consessions costs so much)..Why do you think cable prices have risen so much to where people are complaint or cutting the cord while shows have fewer episodes a season but more commercials a episodes than in the 90s?Becausethe cost of making shows has gone up and some actors demand huge salaries that the production passes along to the network which then charges higher advertising rates for advertisers who raise the price on the sponsored products and then the network raises retransmission fees to the cable companies who in turn charge thier cable customers more.Its a trickle effect.The network and studio both charge more to ensure production costs-including starts huge salaries -are made back plus a profit.Its really not hard to understand or figure out,

          • Miffay says:

            Yes, they are. As CBS’s programming costs increase, they up the retransmission fees they charge to cable companies, and that cost is passed along to consumers. I’m very surprised you don’t understand this.

          • TV Gord says:

            This isn’t about the stars and CBS. It’s about the stars and Warner Brothers. CBS is just buying the show to air on its network. If the books don’t balance on each show, the network drops it. They don’t pass the costs on to cable subscribers. That’s a whole different category in the TV industry.

            If you cancelled your cable and got a digital antenna, you would be able to watch CBS and never pay another cent. How do you explain that?

          • Miffay says:

            Cable penetration. In the US is between 85-90 percent of US households. Retransmission fees have become a critically important source of revenues for broadcast networks, the same as for basic cable. When ESPN incurred increased programming fees due to NFL rights, they raised the cost per subscriber they charge cable companies. When Aereo was threatening to cut into the broadcast networks retransmission revenues, Les Moonves famously threatened to make CBS a basic cable station. If everyone watched OTA, they would find another way to raise revenues, because they no longer have a big enough audience for an ad-supported model.

            Your lack of basic understanding of the TV business, as well as the lack of understanding of how costs of goods and services affect consumer prices, is baffling. Go google “retransmission fees” and “broadcast networks” and educate yourself.

          • TV Gord says:

            If the show doesn’t pull in the advertising rates to maintain its budget, it either goes or the staff takes a pay cut (look at daytime TV as an example). Again, this is about Warner Brothers and the actors, not CBS and the actors. If the show becomes too expensive for CBS, they cancel the show. Other networks might pick it up or the show ends. Cable rates do not factor in. (By the way, you and others are talking about CBS and cable rates as though it’s the only network that has an issue with the cable companies. CBS made headlines with their cable struggle, but they weren’t the only ones who were at odds with the cable companies.)

      • johnhelvete says:

        Story over at Deadline says that WBTV is still expected to clear 1 Billion in profits.

      • lilk says:

        How does this compare to ER, Mad About You, Friends, and I think Frasier,and Everybody Loves Raymond(all shows that paid $1mill ep) ? . MAY got $1mill an ep for the final season, but it was just 2 leads. Friends got $1mill but it was short

        final season: 18 ep. Ray Romano got 1.7mill for 2003/4 season but he was only lead.
        WB is ok with paying $1mill an ep for 24 ep for then ext 3 years PLUS BACK END PROFITS. Wow. BBT must really earn alot then.

        • HAP says:

          Friends season 10 consisted of 20 episodes. Not all that short. But let’s consider that the four leads each got $1mil per episode in 2003-4 dollars. So on a per episode basis, the BBT cast is really not doing as well. And was David Schwimmer woth $1mil per ep?

          • Cas says:

            Well Friends had 6 lead, and I believe they got 1 million an episode for the last 2 seasons. I could be wrong there though. However, they deserved it. Not saying BBT stars don’t because I love the show, but maybe wait until the last season or so to pull for that kind of money. :)

          • TV Gord says:

            Network TV also isn’t the goldmine that it was years ago. They are struggling to rein in costs, because cable keeps taking a bigger piece of the pie each year.

      • BKA says:

        That just means the networks and studios are charging advertisers WAY too much. Guess where that money comes from? Your pocket.

    • shirley says:

      Way,Way too much money.
      Can’t imagine anyone making that much to do tv.
      Way overpaid to act.

      shirley

    • Randy says:

      SOOOOO many things about this comment irk me. Let’s go in chronological order.

      “They work 9 months like teachers…..” Try again. I’ve spent my summer taking classes, making lesson plans, etc.

      “….who make $50-75,000 a year….” – I want to work in THAT district!!

      “…and they work just as hard.” You don’t know what their job is like, just the same as I don’t know all the details of your job responsibilities. Plus, the show brings in MEGA money for CBS, and everyone involved should be rewarded for that.

      In conclusion, I respect the thinking behind this post, but let’s think before we click “Submit.”

      • lilk(reply to randy about teri) says:

        randy,
        Yes teachers work 9mo a year. If you choose to teach summer school you work more but most work 9months a year. You take classes to EARN MORE $ and enhance your teaching.
        Starting off 1st year teachers dont make $50k but teachers do earn that amount. Since you’re online it is easy for you to search for districts that pay $50k $75k.
        WE DO KNOW as they give interviews and behind the scenes web shows. There is a table read, then run through on set, then the actual show is filmed. I agree that if WB is earning $1bill the cast should get their portion.

        In conclusion, I think Teri DID think before s/he hit submit;

    • Mattfoley says:

      No they work harder. They are on set many more hours than a teacher. Then they have to have time to prepare such as learning a script and character development

      • TV God says:

        That’s very true some actors work 16 to 20 hour days. Especially when filming movies.

        • BKA says:

          Standing around eating craft service until it’s your turn to stand in front of the camera for 5 seconds is NOT work.

      • Annie says:

        These people do not work harder than teachers. Out of those “16 hour days” only a fraction are spent performing, the vast majority sitting around in their comfortable trailers, waiting. Sorry but this is an absurd assertion.

        • TV Gord says:

          It’s absurd to compare them to teachers in the first place, so you’re wasting your time arguing about it. As I wrote earlier, if teachers learn how to bring in millions of dollars for their bosses, they will get their fair share. It’s apples and oranges again.

          • Brandy says:

            You don’t think tv casts salaries affect cable prices?Well google Comcast charging thier customers 1.50 a month or 18 more a year in retransmission fees

      • notmoose says:

        I didn’t really agree with the original comment but this one is so not true. You can’t compare two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT professions and declare that the people in one of them work harder than the people in the other. Teachers work so hard, it’s ridiculous — and the amount of rubbish they have to put up with is astounding. They don’t just work the hours they teach. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

    • Joe says:

      If yall want teachers to make more money so badly, then go to your local government and tell them you’re willing to pay higher taxes to pay for their bigger salaries. Considering how much people gripe about taxes and refuse to vote for any politician who dares mention even remotely raising them, I think it’s safe to say most people aren’t willing to do that.

    • Alex says:

      Oh, well. Too bad, so sad.

    • ChicagoDan says:

      Yeah and teachers work less than 8 months a year (factoring in all the vacations and holidays), don’t work full days, etc. It’s supply and demand – so I suppose IT workers should be paid less than teachers? What about doctors? Are they overpaid? How about cops and military – risking their lives? Your analogy doesn’t hold water. If you make more than a teacher, maybe you should give your salary to your local school district. Why would anyone begrudge someone for making more money? I don’t get that.

      • Boiler says:

        Well I know your analogy of teachers totally wrong

      • JeniLee says:

        i dont work full days? I get to work at 6:30. School starts at 7:45. School dismisses at 2 pm and i leave at around 5pm, usually bringing a couple hours worth of work home. Plus go in many Sundays while it’s nice and quiet since my school is open for church services in the auditorium. I work much more than 8 months a year so i dont know where you get this information. Then factor in the amount I spend on my classroom each year out of my own pocket, at least $7,000 in the 7 years I have been teaching.

    • TV Gord says:

      It may be unfair, but it’s a reality. If teacher earned millions of dollars for their bosses, they’d be entitled to a share of that. The same goes for actors in the number one sitcom on TV.

  5. Ron says:

    I mean, hey, good on them I guess. People can say greedy and whatnot all they want, but CBS makes so much more money on this show, in part due to the actors, so sure, let the actors fight for raises. My only issue with this is that by no means is this show/actors worth Friends money–or should I say, doesn’t deserve to be worth Friends money.

  6. Boiler says:

    Makes no sense. Be interesting to see if this turns off people to the show

  7. bar says:

    I’m SHOCKED the brown guy is currently making the least, and will probably continue to make the least. TVLine, are you sure they aren’t paying Cuoco $710,000/episode? That would be more fitting with how this show operates.

    • allyson says:

      BROWN! Racist much? Read the article to get his name (Kunal Nayyar) and use it!

      • Josh says:

        Calm down Allyson. He was making a point about who is paid the least. Stop getting offended over everything.

        • Coal says:

          I can’t comment on whether or not the afore mentioned comment was intended to be derogatory (I hope not), but in Allyson’s defense Cuoco is refer to by her name in the comment while Nayyar is refer to by his race and gender.

  8. Ralph Hartman says:

    They deserve it. The show went from being the 75th most watched show in it’s first season to now the most watched show on television.

  9. Robert Dinca says:

    Wow, totally overpaid, i mean the Friends stars were overpaid and The Big Bang Theory will never have the same ratings or the same impact. Good for them i guess.

  10. No wonder 1/3 of the shows are commercials

    • shirley says:

      Does explain whywe get 40 minutes of tv in a 60 minute show and lots of commercials.

      I’m not a fan. I know some who are though.

      Hope this news doesn’t remove viewers for their sake.

      Good luck to all.

      Not in favor of that amount of money though.

    • Boiler says:

      You got it. Maybe more now. I have old Friends DVs where the show is25+ minutes. Now lucky to get 20

      • guy says:

        The Friends DVDs have extra footage in them. The episodes were always cut to about 25 minutes and then there was a broadcast cut that was about 22 minutes. It’s part of the reason no one wants the Friends Blu-Rays because they only have the broadcast editions of the episodes.

  11. Coal says:

    Good for them, I’m happy to see they will be financially secure beyond the show. Hopefully Nayyar and Helberg also get lucrative deals.

    • Boiler says:

      They should be financially secure at their current salary. C’mon

      • Coal says:

        Let me put it this way, if they kept their current salaries and the show ends in three years time, will the money they have made be enough to sustain them for the rest of their lives should they no longer find regular employment ?

        • Boiler says:

          If not they would either have bad advisors or threw it away. I have a secure retirement and made maybe a tenth for my life of what they will make in a year

  12. D. says:

    Greedy? CBS makes tons of money thanks to them, it’s right to ask for raises. And you know that if CBS agreed to 1 million each, for episode, they sure earn much more.

  13. James D says:

    Damn! look TV actors work very hard on insane schedules and as long as people watch them they will get paid handsomely for it, and I’m all for free market captiolism. with that said their is a point where you just reach the absurd. 90 million dollars for doing a sitcom is ridiculous, yes they should be paid for their services and yes they are responsible largely for the success of the show but 90 mill is far too much IMO.

    • Gail says:

      So basically you are saying that Warners Bros and CBS should make the millions on this show and the actors shouldn’t? If there are 100’s of millions to be made from this show who are you or anyone else to say who should get the money and how much should they get?

      • Boiler says:

        Gail..I assume you may have been in the corporate world. If your company has a great year do you think you should get a 100% raise?

        • Winter says:

          Well, Boller, If she is the main reason behind it and the company would not be able to function without her then yes she is well within her rights and expectations to get that raise.

          The truth is the were making the network equivalent of nothing for hit show before and the networks knew they were going to have to pay them. This isn’t new actors have been making this kind of money for years. I say good for them wish I could do it.

  14. Gail says:

    Good for them. I think there are a lot of jealous people on this board who make negative comments about these salaries. If it didn’t make economic sense for Warner Bros to pay them this salary, then they and CBS would cancel the show now and it would live forever in reruns. Warners obviously feels more episodes will bring greater rewards in future syndication. People who watch the show should be happy that there will be no delay to the season premiere.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t think it is jealousy I think it is common sense that any actor should be paid this a amount of money for an episode. It is what it is doesn’t mean people have to agree with it.

  15. tam says:

    Call them greedy or what not, fact of the matter remains they have enormous market value and that’s all that matters. The show sells, they help sell it. People can work the same amount, give the same amount of hard work but some things/people will always be in more demand and thus will be worth more. Economics 101.

  16. Jess says:

    That’s just crazy. I work 32+ hours a week on my feet all day and make very little and they make 90 million dollars in 3 years. Shows you what this country has become. People are out of work most people are on welfare yet movie stars continue to get rich. Insanity.

    • Mattfoley says:

      Cool. Working on a set they are probably on their feet 14 hours a day for 5 days a week so they’ve come close to your 32 hours in two days. You also probably have a 9-5 job while they have to either report in at 4 am- 7pm or be up all night for a night shoot. If the show is making money they should of course get a cut of the profits because they’re the ones that got it there. If you know you were making your company money wouldn’t you want a raise for just working 32 hours a week?

    • Alex says:

      You’re a cashier or waitress or something piddly like that, I suppose. Well, you don’t have a job that generates millions in profit directly due to you, so you don’t deserve the big bucks, sweets.

      • wrstlgirl says:

        No job is piddly. I admire anyone who takes the initiative to go out there and work no matter what they do. Especially food servers. They friggin’ rock!!!

  17. The beginning of the end for this show.

  18. Lateef says:

    This is a BILLION-dollar series for CBS and Warner Bros, and the actors deserve their cut. Plain and simple.

  19. Chad Smith says:

    People who call this absurd or say the actors are greedy are truly too stupid to live. Obviously the profits generated by the show are so astronomical that CBS felt comfortable paying out over a quarter of a billion dollars to keep the gravy train running.

    • Boiler says:

      And you are too stupid to comment on it

      • TV Gord says:

        This sort of comment is starting to make you sound like a troll. If you want to convince people of your viewpoint, you won’t do it by acting like a petulant child.

        • Boiler says:

          You sound like someone’s agent. I’m not a troll but people trying to justify these salaries make no logical sense. In the end the consumer pays for it in less air time, cable fees and consumer costs due to increased advertising. My point is the world needs to get real and paying actors more money than they will ever know what to do with is not. Why didn’t you pick on Mr. Smith’s comment??

          • TV Gord says:

            Chad Smith is correct and you are not. I’m not crazy about people using words such as “stupid”, but you both used it, so I consider that a wash. While I agree that actors on hit shows get astronomical amounts of money for their work, they do deserve it. Their bosses are making millions off of the show. Why shouldn’t the actors who are the reason that we tune in? It’s only logical.

  20. Yea this is ridiculous. I love the show and it’s actors but they do not deserve this type of money. If those three are getting 1 million a episode then Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar should be paid that amount also just like the last season of Friends where the main cast all made 1 million an episode. This also reminds me of the absurd amount of money professional athletes make a year.

    • taylor100l says:

      Friends cast earned $1million/episode for its final TWO seasons and $750k/esp for season 7 and 8. NBC was also willing because it needed a stabilizing force in its Thursday lineup and I think it’s pretty clear they needed the show.. aka look at its ratings and turnover in their NBC lineup since. In big scheme of things, $1 million/ep/actor seems like a very good investment.

    • TV Gord says:

      Simple question, then. Why don’t they deserve it?

  21. Gey says:

    Gee, they are talented and all but I’m not quite sure they’re worth that much or if the show is really *that* funny.

  22. Patricia says:

    That’s outrageous – shan’t be watching the greedy so-and-sos anymore

    • TV Gord says:

      You might as well stop watching all of the number one shows over the years, then, because the stars of all of those shows were always paid top dollar when their shows became hits.

  23. wrstlgirl says:

    I just hope they do some good things with all this money that they will never spend in their lifetime, or their children’s for that matter, rather than just hoard it like some celebs do. I’m not a big fan of Brad or Angelina but I do admire them for all the charity work they do.

    • abz says:

      This is what I hope too. I hope they end up using that money for good. I understand the concept of them earning their fair share and if I had to choose I’d rather have them get the money over the TV execs (it’s absurd that they even get paid so much; what on earth do they even do?) however, it is still a very ridiculously high amount. $90 million in 3 years? There are millions of people homeless, jobless, living under the poverty line, struggling to make ends meat. There are people struggling to afford to raise their children and provide them with education. There are people who can’t afford their medical bills. There are wars happening overseas with innocent people dying and lacking basic life necessities and yet here are TV and film stars and execs raking in the millions and many just hoard it and waste it on frivolous things. An example of this was a few years back when Carrie Underwood revealed she was wearing a $31 million necklace. If someone can’t see how wrong and absurd that is, then there is something seriously wrong with them. Of course that’s just one example among MANY others.
      I’m sorry that unlike some people, I can’t live in this day and age with all the terrible and unfortunate things happening in the world and just defend and be okay with 3 actors on a TV show making more money in 3 years than maybe the entire population of one city would make in their lifetime.

    • TV Gord says:

      They probably will, but it’s none of our business what anyone does with their money (just as it’s not anyone else’s business what we do with ours.

  24. Coal says:

    I can imagine Rauch and Bialik walking onto set on Wednesday thinking “we got screwed at our contract negotiations”, Kevin Sussman is going to suffer from more depression than his character Stuart.

    • Rauch and Bialik joined the show a few seasons in. They know the score and that they have no right to ask what people who have been there since the beginning ask for. Plus, it is not like they are making peanuts. They are probably making what Kaley, Jim, and Johnny made a few seasons ago.

      • Coal says:

        I’m not saying they should get paid the same, but is $ 60 000 per episode fair deal comparing how much money was on the table when the others renegotiated their deals ?

    • Carmn says:

      Really? Most companies pay people who have worked for them longer more than people doing the same job who have not worked worked for them as long. Most people call it seniority.

      • Coal says:

        So do your seniors earn close to 20 times more than you for the same amount of work ? I’m saying at least they sure earn $100 000 per episode if the seniors are making $1 million.

  25. Ann says:

    I think the people who actually deserve this type of money are the writers. Without writers, this show wouldn’t even exist yet you never hear them getting contracts for $1 million per episode that they write.

    • Anna says:

      That’s what I was gonna say as well. I’d love to know what the writers actually make. I’d be surprised if they even made 1% from what those actors make now… To me this doesn’t make any sense.

    • Amy says:

      The show also wouldn’t exist if not for the guys who built the sets, rigged the lights, put on the make up and so on. And speaking as someone who has worked in film – yeah, sometimes we look at the actors salaries and make fun of the unfairness.

      Reality though is that the key success for any show or movie comes down to the actors foremost. They’re what the (paying) audience cares about most. Everyone else is easily replaceable and that’s where the wage disparity comes in. You get over it though and just keep on working.

  26. Ashley says:

    People are going to complain, but if the profits made from the show (including syndication, DVD sales, and other crap) makes it worth it for the studio to pay them that much, then they should get paid that much.

  27. Brandy says:

    Now,Simon & Kunal will want a million an episodes too, the writers will want a million a script ect.Those saying “but WB & CBS make billions off the show”-in a couple years when ratings fall and CBS/WB aren’t making as much off it, will you be demanding These three take a pay cut?Do you think they will really after getting used to living off more than a million a year?If WB/CBS make 1-3 billion a year off the show, and $ 90 million over three years goes to just those three, plus whatever Mayium,Melissa,Simon,Kunal make and writers,extras,guest stars,directors,hair & makeup, warddrobe,lighting/sound/camera techs & CBS paying WB a fee for the show since CBS dosent own it , that 1-3 billion goes really fast.Then CBS puts in more commercials-which they charge advertisers more for-then CBS charges cable companies more for retransmission fees -in turn cable companies charge customers more then boxset prices go up as do tickets for Comic Con,WonderCon ect.

    • asm says:

      THIS! Everybody should read this! It all goes back to us. The advertisers would increase their prices and we’re the one who’s getting screwed! And, I don’t find this show funny at all after finding out the creator’s other shows. They are all the same! With the stupid laugh track and the same formula repeated over & over .

      • TV Gord says:

        How do we get screwed? It still costs us the same to watch the show…nothing! (Cable fees don’t factor in, no matter what some misinformed people say.) Also, it’s not a laugh track. It’s a live audience. There may be a little sweetening, but if you’ve been to a live taping, you know it’s largely the actually reactions of fans who have been to the show.

        • Miffay says:

          Yes cable fees factor in. You are clueless. CBS programming costs increase and then they increase retransmission fees to cable companies and cable rates go up. Get a clue.

  28. Sweetpea says:

    The only way this will be ok is if Simon and Kunal get generous raises as well. While BBT started off being about Penny, Leonard and Sheldon, it has most definitely become more of an ensemble with the other 4 being just as important and adding a lot to the show. While I applaud the original 3 for sticking together (which really helps Kaley or she’d be getting screwed big time), they need to stick up for their cast mates as well. I can’t even imagine making that kind of money but good for them. It’s the entertainment industry and only idiots would compare it to being a teacher, cop, homeless, etc. Apples and oranges people. Apples and oranges.

    • Angie says:

      I agree with you 100% Sweetpea, Kaley definitely needed her co-stars backing up! IMO she is a “lousy” actress. I really DID NOT like her in “Charmed” (lack of acting) & now in TBBT she does not do that well either, so as I said thank goodness for her co-stars!!

  29. Kimberly says:

    Ryan Sweeting is the happiest man in the world right now. From a lowly-ranked journeyman tennis player to the husband of a future $90 million-earner. My guess is that we won’t be seeing him practicing his serves or volleys anytime soon.

  30. Maria says:

    Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco 1M for a sitcom and Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel only 75,000??? I mean, their characters are most simple than Vera Farmiga’s character!!! And Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black? Only 50,000!! She plays 6 characters!!!

    • Sweetpea says:

      Apples and oranges again. Those shows are on cable networks and don’t bring in anywhere near the money BBT does. Why is this so hard for people to grasp?? CBS is one of the big 4 and more people still watch shows on these channels whether you like it not therefore, more advertising dollars.

      • Maria says:

        I know that, but for me is unfair! A sitcom is most simple than a drama! Ok?

        • TV Gord says:

          No, not ok. Both shows are brilliant, but The Big Bang Theory brings in much more money, so if as many people were watching Bates Motel, you would have a fair argument.

      • Alex says:

        Because a lot of people are just plain stupid, and they think that if they personally believe something is unfair, no facts or data have any meaning. They’re so dumb and conceited, they think their opinions are what matter here.

        • Maria says:

          I’m not stupid! It’s just my opinion! Everyone has opinions. You have opinions and I have opinion.I have not insulted anyone, not like you. The actors are very good, but for me sitcom’s characters are most simple than drama’s charachters, ok? But business is business, right? So, enough!

    • Moment says:

      A cable budget is quite a bit lower than most network shows. If you join a cable production, expect a lot lower in terms of pay. With that said, some cable productions can look bigger than what they are because they have an excellent team behind the scenes. Shows like Eureka, Warehouse 13, Stargate(All 3) and other Syfy shows aren’t and never were big budget.

  31. Columbus says:

    Good for them!

  32. Eric says:

    Put this into perspective. Not only are they working insane schedules every single day, there is also extra time spent at home learning lines, researching for the character, interviews, awards shows, press junkets, conventions, and a huge amount of other things just to support the show. That’s not even mentioning the amount of recognizability these three put on the brand in terms of marketing. On top of ads for the show, their faces are on thousands of tshirts, board games, and other merchandise. If you were in that situation, you deserve to be compensated a fair amount, especially considering that it’s just a small fraction of what the show itself makes. So yes, these numbers are enormous, but it’s ignorant to think that they don’t work hard for it.

    • chris says:

      It’s a multi-camera sitcom. They’re not working insane hours.

    • torimelching says:

      Insane hours? You are joking right? They work very little, it is a multi camera comedy in front of a live audience. They work 15-20 hours a week. Most actors have said it is the easiest job because of the hours but most prefer single camera. Even though they work a ton more.

  33. asdfasdf says:

    June 2017: typecasting begins..no more TV series will be offered for a long time to come

  34. Ben says:

    Good. They should have been nearing this amount since season 5. The show is bigger than ever. This is the “friends” money that they deserve. Every character and actor is very likable. I do like the show. I tend to watch some re runs. I personally can’t watch a tv series past 3 seasons, but Big Bang pretty much delivers. Great job guys.

  35. nitemar says:

    They can now retire very young stay home and still make a lot a money. c’est bon!

  36. Rich says:

    As I read through the comments I’m struck that people seem to be missing a few things. First, as many have already pointed out, WB an CBS make truckloads of money from the show. I may not agree with the amounts in question, but the actors the are largely responsible for the HUGE success of the show deserve to share in that success.

    However, lost in all of this are all the other people that are just as responsible, most notably the writers. Good acting/actors combined with bad writing does not a successful show make. I’d like to hear that the writers are also getting their fair share.

    Second, as much as we would all like to see our teachers, firefighters, and police get paid what they deserve, let’s face it: they’re a cost center. In business, the people that create profit are who get paid the most. If I could give my old teachers 1000% raises I’d do it in a heartbeat. They’re largely responsible for the success I’ve achieved today. But that’s just not where our society chooses to put their money.

    And finally, if my company had a hugely successful year, do I think I’m entitled to some of their windfall profits? You betcha! However, as with most people I’m sure, I can hold out all I want, but as a non-contract employee all that will get me is a pink slip and an updated resume. No matter what I do, I’m replaceable. I might like to think that what I do is important enough to offer job security, but the reality is that 99.9% of us working stiffs have no leverage to negotiate a better salary, or at least not on the scale as actors (and let’s not forget athletes for that matter as well). If I pulled that stunt they’d have my replacement in place picking up where I left off in less then 6 months. Success in Hollywood is fleeting…I say get what you can while you can.

    Personally, I’m not that bothered by it. If I was, my only recourse is to not watch the show, and stop patronizing the businesses that air commercials during those programs. However, I think I’d get tired of eating dirt, drinking water, and walking to work…..

  37. David4 says:

    Nice job guys and gal! Hope you get some syndication money too!

  38. torimelching says:

    So in 3 years will they get paid more 2million an episode or will it end in 3 years.

    • TV Gord says:

      Who says that?

      • torimelching says:

        It was a question. Will the show end after these next 3 years are up or will the continue with it and probably have to pay the main 3 actors 1.5 – 2 million an episode? Personally I don’t care as I don’t watch the show (my aunt loves it though). But I was just wondering what kind of future the show had after the 3 years are up.

        • TV Gord says:

          Oh, sorry. I didn’t see a question mark, so I thought you were making a rhetorical statement.

        • TV Gord says:

          As for your other question, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are all working toward a goal of ending it after ten seasons. That’s an incredible run for any show.

          • torimelching says:

            Agreed. 10 years is huge, especially with the landscape of TV/Streaming and everything else.

        • TV Gord says:

          :-) I’m sorry for my part in the misunderstanding, too. :-)

          • synnamon says:

            Well that’s what happened now. It was suppose to just end but penny and Sheldon ended up making moremoney in the show than they thought through ratings so cbs said that they will pay em more to continue the shows. That what happened with a lot of citcoms now days. Also the same thing happenedwith the Simpson’s and they are now the longest running cartoon…… The show the big bang theory is funny if u can separate what u know about the world, to what u think about the world, to how ppl handle the world, society and it’s oppinions and facts and metaphorically switch that to people and get them all in one room (let alone show) then it make bettercomical since. I didn’t like it either my sister used to always haveit on her dvr so it eventually grew on me.

        • Brandy says:

          Well according to the article on Deadline, the new contracts have a possibility of a season 11,providing the shows ratings don’t totally collapse and the cast wants to stay at that time

  39. The Big Bang Theory is the number one syndicated show in the world. It is making hundreds of millions of dollars for the the studio. Jim, Johnny and Kaley deserve their fair share of that.

  40. Cuoco for one million an episode? Are you kidding? Bad actress with luck. At least Parsons IS the soul and heart of the show and HAS 3 EMMYS. Galecki, eh, he’s been around since he was a kid, so, it’s ok.

    • TL says:

      Ummm, this is her THIRD hit show. So, she must be doing something right.

      • ES says:

        3rd? Where are these other “hits”? Where would she be without riding other people’s coattails?

        And frankly her acting on this show consists of trying to pull of a Jennifer Aniston impression the whole time. It is annoying & her character is an insult to women.

        • Carm says:

          An insult to women. That is ridiculous. You don’t like her acting. No one can please everyone. I am a woman and you do not speak for me. I am not insulted in the least because a fictional character can not insult me. It is just TV. And if any of our positions generated millions upon millions of dollars we could ask for and most likely receive the same amount of money. And those who act like they would never do such a thing are more than likely lying to themselves.

          • elenagreece says:

            I am a woman, too, and I think Penny’s character is unrealistic and stupid. I wouldn’t call it an insult, but it certainly is idiotic. What does she have to offer besides looks; Especially in the past 2 seasons she has become a complete stereotype. As for the actress, I think she is just as bored with her character as some of us are, when we watch her….

        • Brandy says:

          8 Simple Rules & Charmed

    • Larry says:

      Parsons is good because of the cast around him esp. Johnny they make each other better.

  41. TL says:

    KUDOS TO THEM! Nicely done and well deserved!

  42. Jonathan says:

    Had they (I assume the producers) negotiated the previous contract to give them more money. I am sure they (I assume the producers) could have negotiated for a lower rate this go around. But, good for the actors. They diserve it.

  43. Laura says:

    Who do these people think they are the cast of friends? The show hasn’t been good since season 4 and has overstayed its welcome. I cant imagine 3 more seasons. And people wonder why the economy is so messed up.

    • Larry says:

      So don’t watch I still think as good as ever. This has nothing to do withe the economy, the show will still make a billion in profits even with these salaries

  44. Since says:

    And that’s why you never renew the show for three seasons at a time.

  45. Michele says:

    They don’t deserve it.

  46. Meganna says:

    I love the show but I don’t like greedy people.

  47. Moment says:

    Had to happen. Take TBBT out of the CBS comedy block and it’ll collapse.

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