CBS is close to finalizing a new agreement with the stars of “The Big Bang Theory.” (And Sheldon’s really going to like this one.) It brings the show back for two more seasons.
Deadline reports that the original five cast members, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are finalizing two-year deals. As long as negotiations are smooth between CBS and Warner Bros. TV, the show will be coming back for its 11th and 12th seasons.
The five original stars will reportedly now have equal pay, earning around $1 million per episode. Previously, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco had negotiated for equal pay together, and the new deal puts Helberg and Nayyar on that same level. Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, whose contracts are also up, will reportedly be in line for major pay raises, as well.
As Deadline notes, the contract negotiations are going at the speed of light compared to the dreaded negotiations in 2014, which even delayed production on Season 8.