The Big Bang Theory Signs Stars to New Contract, To Begin Production on Season 8

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The Big Bang Theory has avoided a very big catastrophe.

After having to delay production on Season 8 while negotiating new contracts with Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, sources now confirm that Warner Bros. has shown these stars the money.

According to Deadline, the trio has agreed to fresh three-year contracts worth $1 million an episode. Including signing bonuses and back-end fees, the actors will likely earn more than $90 million as a result of these deals.

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With the issue settled, filming on new episodes is expected to get underway this Wednesday.

Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are already on board contractually and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are expected to agree to terms prior to Wednesday's deadline.

So we can all breathe easier now and look forward The Big Bang Theory Season 8 premiering on Monday, September 22.

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Oh Good Lord. TBBT is a cute show. I enjoy it. It gives me a few giggles. But this is positively obscene. No way are they worth 1 mill per ep. It isn't even an hour long ep!!! Being that demanding and holding up production eating into other castmembers and crew's time and livelihood tells me all I need to know. Completely turned off by them now. Warner Bros. was stupid.

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@ Easton

The money was either going to go to the production company or the actors. Who is more worthy? Variety stated in a recent article that TBBT would generate ~$1 billion for WBTV.

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TBBT Quotes

Raj: Well, to paraphrase Shakespeare: It's better to have loved and lost than to stay home every night and download increasingly shameful pornography.
Penny: Oh... you poor baby.
Raj: What's wrong with me, Penny?
Penny: Nothing, nothing. You know, if we weren't friends - and you hadn't brought up that creepy pornography story - I'd be on you like the speed of light squared on matter to make energy.
Raj: Hey, you totally got that right. E = MC squared.
Penny: I listen. I have no idea what it means, but I listen.

Sheldon: I recently read that during World War Two, Joseph Stalin had a research program to create supersoldiers by having women impregnated by gorillas.
Howard: What a sick use of science.
Raj: Hey, as long as the baby's healthy.
Amy: I wonder if Stalin considered any other animals.
Leonard: Hippos are the deadliest creature. A half-human, half-hippo soldier would be pretty badass.
Howard: Yes, but when they're hungry-hungry, you can stop them with marbles.
Sheldon: Yeah, the correct animal for interspecies supersolider is koala. You would wind up with an army so cute it couldn't be attacked.