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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Melissa Rauch star in "The Big Bang Theory." Courtesy photo)
Three cheers for a 'Big Bang' contract resolution!

If reports that the three lead actors in "The Big Bang Theory" have settled on new contracts are true, I'm thrilled.

If Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are really each going to make $1 million per episode over three seasons along with other considerations that could bring them each $90 million, I say - good for them.

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Is that an obscene amount of money? Sure.

I'm not arguing that actors deserve more money than teachers and healthcare workers, but that's the world we live in.

And if these three actors don't get paid that money, it won't go to the poor and underprivileged. Warner Bros., which produces the show, will get it. And Warner Bros. stands to make billions of dollars off "The Big Bang Theory" as it runs endlessly in syndication.

Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik renegotiated their contracts a year ago; Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are reportedly close to signing new deals, too.

If we're lucky, it will all be done before production on Season 8 of "The Big Bang Theory" - delayed a week - gets under way on Wednesday.

Selfishly, I'm thrilled. I love this show.

Realistically, we knew Warner Bros. would make the deal. CBS ordered three more seasons if WB could re-sign the stars, and there's so much money involved that paying a big chunk of it to the actors made financial sense.

I'm glad it didn't drag out. If production resumes on Wednesday, the fall premiere won't have to be delayed and the number of episodes for the coming season won't have to be trimmed.

Good news for everyone ... except CBS' competitors.



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