By Paco Lopez
One of CBS’s biggest shows (for quite some time now) is Big Bang Theory. Two of the shows (non-original) cast members had been holding out for salary parody with their screen mates. Though they did NOT get parody, they DID get significant raises according to Hollywood insiders.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have been receiving a cool one million dollars per episode. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch were holding out in hopes for the same payday, and despite their co-starring story lines on the show felt their salaries were quite diminished when compared to the rest of the cast. Never mind the fact that the others were on the original cast and Bialik and Rauch joined after the show was on rock solid ground. The two still got enough of a raise that they are now happy, and signed on for more brainiacal hilarity (just a little phrase I invented).
The original cast took a $100,000 pay cut in a show of support and solidarity for the latter. Thus freeing up the cash to generate a substantial boost in their paychecks. [sidebar: don’t you wish YOUR co-workers would do that for YOU?]
After three years Rauch and Bialik’s deals jumped from $175,000 per show to a reported $425,000 an episode.
The show has been recently renewed for another two seasons and you can expect the #1 program with 18-34 year olds to likely continue their successful ratings run.
Though the show seems to still be (and should continue to be) a ratings monster and a cash generating machine, the show is expected to wrap up in two seasons, as it reaches it’s scheduled 12 season run, and certainly indefinite syndicated run.
Bialik and Rauch joined the show in season three and have become integral players on the Big Bang team.
Filming for season 10 of the hit show wrapped this week.
Next season, you can expect The Big Bang Theory to expand their footprint with a pairing of a (Jim) Parsons-produced prequel series Young Sheldon, which has been picked up straight to series from co-creators Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro with the actor set to narrate.