How much money do you make? It's fine, we're friends, we can speak openly. OK, I'll guess: is it a million dollars? A million dollars per episode of your job? Am I close?
The Big Bang Theory was recently renewed for three more seasons on CBS and is set to go into production for season eight on July 30. The only snag is that the show's stars—Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar—have yet to negotiate their contracts, and are holding out for a big raise from the $350,000 per episode they make currently. From Deadline:
Under their previous contract, Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco earned around $350,000 an episode in Season 7, with each owning 0.25 point of the series' lucrative backend. Given the enormous success on Big Bang, a blockbuster network and off-network hit which some estimate could generate up to $3 billion for Warner Bros TV, Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco could go into Friends territory with new salaries in the neighborhood of $1 million per episode, plus a bigger piece of the backend.
(Each cast member on NBC's Friends was paid $1 million per episode during the show's final season.) Can you imagine? I mean. OK, here's a thought experiment to get you through this Friday morning:
Can you imagine?
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