‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Push for MoreBy: Courtney Wills - September 19, 2013
Stars of the CBS hit sitcom, “The Big Bang Theory” have recently sought to begin negotiations with network executives regarding a pay raise for future seasons of the show. The Emmy award winning comedy is about to begin it’s 7th season on September 26th. The show first aired in Fall 2007 and has recently been renewed in 2011 for three more seasons due to an immense level of success. The show has quickly risen to prime-time supremacy throughout recent years and is currently the most watched comedy on CBS. Since the show has branched out, contracting with TBS, the cast continues to reach new heights of popularity.
When it became known that the newcomers to the cast, Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) had underwent some ‘favorable salary negotiations’ where their salary per-episode had doubled to $60,000, veterans of the show have cited intentions to begin these ‘talks’ as well. Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) have collectively decided to approach the show and network producers to demand an increase of salary per-episode.
The trio each individually make $325,000 per-episode as of the most recent episodes. However, after the current deal/contract ends and the crew sets off to begin recording the next two seasons, the three hope to change that number to $1 million an episode. Rumors have surfaced that the remaining cast members Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) will team-up to raise discussions on potential raises also. At the end of the upcoming season the show will have aired over 159 complete episodes and doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.
The series has enjoyed critical success winning two People’s Choice awards for Favorite Comedy, three straight nominations for the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as several individual achievement awards among the cast.
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