CBS Renews ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for Two More Seasons
The Big Bang Theory isn’t over yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has officially given a double-season renewal to the series, which will keep it on the air for seasons 11 and 12. Cast members Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are reportedly still negotiating their contracts, but THR’s report reveals that the rest of the main cast will be paid handsomely per episode for the new seasons — though it will be slightly less handsome than their deal back in 2014:
Sources say stars Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco’s (Penny) new deals will see the trio take a pay cut to $900,000 per episode — down from the groundbreaking the $1 million per episode and points (1.25 percent) of the show’s lucrative back-end that they scored three years ago. Original stars Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) were also upped to the show’s top tier as part of their last round of contract renegotiations. (Parsons, Galecki and Helberg all received overall deals with WBTV as well.) All five original stars are said to be earning $900,000 per episode as they took pay cuts to help boost the contracts for co-stars Bialik and Rauch.