updated 08/04/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/04/2014 AT 2:30 PM ET
Look who’s like Friends in more ways than one.
The three biggest stars on The Big Bang Theory – Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki – are about to sign new, three-year deals that will pay them the same $1 million-per-episode salaries that were rewarded to the cast of Friends in its final season, according to Deadline.
Their contracts are expected to include a bigger share of the profits from rerun sales and development deals with Warner Bros. TV, the studio that produced Friends and is now responsible for the top-rated The Big Bang Theory for CBS.
The raise is a substantial jump from the reported $300,000-plus an episode the trio had been earning. The new rate would easily make the three actors among the highest paid on TV.
Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar – who play Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali – still need to iron out their new contracts before production on the eighth season can resume, one insider tells PEOPLE.
If all goes well, the cast could return to work in Burbank, California, as early as this Wednesday in preparation for the comedy’s Sept. 22 return on CBS.
Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, who play Bernadette Rostenkowski and Amy Farrah Fowler, already have deals in place.