Big Bang Theory production is in possible danger of being delayed if contract negotiations are not wrapped up before shooting begins on July 30th.
The show's stars, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Jim Parsons, each formally commanded $350,000 per episode. Reportedly, the trio could get up to $1 million per episode.
Also enduring the crunch are co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are still under contracts that they negotiated last fall.
The Big Bang Theory had a similar situation in 2010, but the stars were under obligation to continue showing up under contracts that weren't yet expired. Now, they are not.
Will they show up if negotiations fail? That remains to be seen, but hopefully they will as the season 8 premiere of The Big Bang Theory is scheduled to air Monday, September 22nd. If it doesn't there will be a slew of angry Big Bang Theory fans to deal with.
However, CBS execs are not sweating it. They are pretty confident that the issues with The Big Bang Theory will work themselves out.
CBS Chairman of Entertainment Nina Tassler says of The Big Bang Theory matter, "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out," she said on Thursday.
"These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year," she added.
You would think that producers wouldn't have such a relaxed attitude in dealing with The Big Bang Theory, which attracts 19 million viewers an episode in the US and is ranked the number one comedy for adults 18-49, but it seems they are.
The end of the last season of The Big Bang Theory on a cliffhanger, as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is about to board a train to escape the many changes in his life, isn't indicative of the cast possibly not being there for season 8.
Executive producer Steve Malaro said of the ending, "We're making the best episodes that we can come up with. I have to move forward assuming everyone is going to be there. I have no reason to think they won't be. That wasn't a factor."
Hopefully, for the sake of The Big Bang Theory fans everywhere, this thing can get ironed out in time!
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