With Emmy-nominated "The Big Bang Theory" about to launch its seventh season as America's no. 1 series, the cast is looking to cash in on the success. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have inked new deals that bump them from recurring status to regular cast members. Their costars, meanwhile, have banded together to renegotiate their contracts with Warner Bros. Television studios.
After the much-publicized salary bumps back in 2010, "The Big Bang Theory" stars weren't set to renegotiate contracts until this spring. Word is Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) aren't waiting. The stars are angling to bank $1 million an episode and will negotiate as a unit, as they did in 2010. This would be a sizable pay bump, as they are currently set to earn $325,000 per episode.
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Funny guys Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj), meanwhile, are asking for something south of that.
Bialik's (Amy) and Rauch's (Bernadette) new deals bring an increasing paycheck, according to the story. This season, they will take home around $60,000 per episodes, doubling their former $20,000-$30,000 per episode salary. Their take-home will increase each season, until they reach $100,000 per episode.
"The Big Bang Theory" has been renewed through this season. The show is nominated for best comedy, Emmy-winner Parsons is once again up for best actor and guest star Bob Newhart has already nabbed an Emmy for his stint. In short, between the ratings domination and the Emmy love, there's a good chance "The Big Bang Theory" will continue to be renewed, as long as it can survives these unplanned renegotiations.