The Big Bang Theory First Look: Zack's Back

Stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have signed deals to continue on the CBS comedy, joining the five other core cast members who already had signed, Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported Friday. Bialik and Rauch are expected to get more than $400,000 (AU$535,000) per episode once they sign new contracts.

The stars, who both boarded later in the CBS comedy's run, had been holding out for salary parity with original castmembers Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, also posted a photo featuring all her co-stars.

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Entertainment Weekly reported that the amount the other five cast members agreed to pony up was $100,000 each per episode.

On Thursday's new episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Cognition Regeneration", Zack Johnson (Brian Thomas Smith), Penny's (Kaley Cuoco) dim-bulb ex-boyfriend, is back with a job offer for Penny, and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) isn't happy about it. Whether that was included as a part of Ruach and Bialik's latest salary increase has not yet been commented on by the cast members. CBS also is using the series to introduce a spin-off, Young Sheldon, which will follow the half hour show.

Along with the drama NCIS, The Big Bang Theory is consistently one of the two most popular shows on television when original episodes are aired. Parsons exec produces and will help narrate the series.

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Actress Mayim Bialik scared the fans of "The Big Bang Theory" after she shared a cast photo with a cryptic caption.

Bialik and Rauch both first appeared on the comedy in season three and joined the cast the following season.

Melissa Rauch's Bernadette is married to Howard and just had a baby daughter.

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