With production on season 8 of The Big Bang Theory currently stalled, it appears most of the cast is closing in on new three-year deals.
Deadline reports Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have completed new contracts with Warner Bros. Television for around $1 million per episode—a rarity in modern television, allowing the trio to join the ranks of the Friends cast, who famously negotiated their own $1 million episode deals in the show's final season.
With 72 episodes remaining in seasons 8-10 (the length of the cast's new agreements), Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco will earn upwards of $90 million over the next three years when syndication and additional production deals are factored in. They previously earned $350,000 an episode.
Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik agreed to new deals last fall, but Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have yet to lock in their own contracts, as they are still trying to increase from $100,000 last season. They are reportedly on track to secure new contracts sometime Monday.
A table read set for this Wednesday, which was rescheduled from last week, is supposedly still part of the plan. The show returns Sept. 22 with an hour-long premiere on CBS.