'The Big Bang Theory': Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting get $1 million per episode

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"The Big Bang Theory" Season 8 is almost ready to go, having signed its three biggest stars -- Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting -- to new contracts for $1 million per episode. The deal also allows for extra perks over three years, bringing each actors' total pay within sight of $100 million.

According to Deadline, the three stars of the CBS comedy have agreed to the per-episode fee for Seasons 8 through 10, totaling $72 million apiece for that period. The contracts with production company Warner Bros. TV also allow for a Season 11.

In addition to the basic salaries, reports indicate that the actors have received other perks in their new contracts -- production deals, signing bonuses and ownership of a larger part of the show. They could raise the three-year salary expectations to more than $90 million.

Still without contracts -- and therefore still possibly delaying the show -- are Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. They are reportedly negotiating together and looking to make salaries close to those of the other stars. Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik have current contracts and have not been part of negotiations.

Should Helberg and Nayyar sign in time, production on "The Big Bang Theory" is now scheduled to begin Wednesday (Aug. 6) after a week's delay. The premiere will air Monday, Sept. 22 on CBS before moving back to Thursdays later in the fall.

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