Co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar were the final two cast members to sign on the dotted line for a new deal, reportedly worth $70m over the life of Seasons 8-10, or 72 episodes.
Deadline reports a deal was closed with just minutes to spare, clearing the way for production to begin tomorrow. One observer recently described the talks as “battle royale” noting TBBT was conceived as a series around 3 characters but has developed into an ensemble comedy.
It follows Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Katey Cuoco having secured three-year contracts that would pay each of them at least $90 million.
Hollywood Reporter notes the duo also will receive the same cut of the show’s ownership as the leading trio – 1.25 percent, up from 0.25 percent in their previous deals.
Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch secured pay increases in September that lift from $30,000 per episode to $100,000.
In the US Season seven regularly topped 20 million viewers per week, up 4 percent year-over-year, with an impressive 6.1 rating among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. In Australia it’s been a blessing to Nine both for premiere eps, and especially for early-evening reruns as Lorre’s other hit, Two and a Half Men imploded.