Turns out, it pays to be a nerd -- or at least to play one on TV.
The Big Bang Theory cast has reportedly come to salary agreements that have put Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco in new three-year contracts, according to Deadline. The trade website reports that the trio are in a Friends-like deal (they're all getting the same amount), with paychecks estimated to be $1 million an episode for the upcoming 8-10 seasons (72 episodes).
Deadline points out that this deal triples the lead cast members' $350,000 an episode salary, and will also include "larger pieces of the show, signing bonuses, production deals and advances towards the back-end." Given their big paycheck increase and perks, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are estimated to rake in about $90 million over this deal, with some even saying that they could make $100 million each.
Though these salaries are large, keep in mind the show is "expected to clear $1 billion in profits."
Big Bang fans will also be happy to hear that Deadline sources say there are talks for a possible 11th season.