"The Big Bang Theory" Stars Sign New Contracts and Get Huge Raises

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    From left: Jim Parsons, Kaley Couco-Sweeting and Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory"

    Worry no longer, "The Big Bang Theory" fans: Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Johnny Galecki have signed new contracts with Warner Bros. TV and production on season eight is expected to begin soon.

    Parsons, Cuoco-Sweeting, and Galecki were asking for "Friends money" – rumored to be around $1 million each per episode. Deadline reports the three got that and more, with production deals, more syndication backend and bonuses. However, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have yet to sign new pacts with the production company. "The Big Bang Theory" was set to go into production on Wednesday, July 30.

    Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who weren't series regulars from the beginning, were already signed on for season eight.

    CBS renewed the hit drama for three more seasons–all the way through season 10–in March. Earlier in July CBS boss Nina Tassler told reporters at the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour that she wasn't concerned about "The Big Bang Theory" contract standoff. "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out," she said. "These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year."

    Creator Chuck Lorre told E! News everything will work out.

    "It will be fine," Lorre said earlier this month. "Warner Brothers has done this before. Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It's a great cast. Great cast. It's their time."

    "The Big Bang Theory" is set to return on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. with an hour-long premiere before reclaiming its Thursday timeslot later in October.

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