Big Bang Theory Cast Agree New $1m Pay Deal
The three main stars of the hit television show The Big Bang Theory have reportedly reached a new deal on their pay, ending a delay to the start of production on its eighth season.
Jim Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are thought to have tripled their salaries and will now earn around $1m (£590,000) an episode, according to the Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
The trio have signed three-year deals, meaning they will stay with the comedy until the end of its†10th season.
The stars' salaries now match those given to the co-stars of Friends, starring Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox, who negotiated their deal as a group.
Production on the 24-episode season eight of Big Bang is likely to resume on Wednesday after a one-week delay over the salary dispute, the two Hollywood news outlets said.
The other two stars of the CBS show, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still in negotiations, but are expected to reach deals this week with production company Warner Bros, the reports said.
The show focuses on the lives of a group of scientists and their wannabe actress friend Penny (Cuoco).
Big Bang averaged about 20 million viewers an episode last season, making it the most-watched comedy in America.
The show has been nominated for the best comedy series Emmy, and Parsons - a three-time Emmy winner in the role of Sheldon - is nominated again this year.
The Emmys will be handed out on August 25.