The Big Bang Theory cast, particularly Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Haley Cuoco-Sweeting, have been in the news in recent weeks for a seemingly bumpy contract negotiation process.
The three main stars of The Big Bang Theory are reportedly asking for a magnificent raise in pay from $325,000 per episode to $1 million per episode. This kind of money isn’t unheard of. The cast of Friends earned $1 million per episode by the time their series ended.
Besides, the creator of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre, thinks they absolutely deserve it.
He said of The Big Bang Theory cast, “Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It’s a great cast. Great cast. It’s their time.”
Even CBS Chairman of Entertainment Nina Tassler doesn’t seem freaked out at The Big Bang Theory‘s possible stall.
“We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out,” she said at CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills.
“These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year,” she added.
The executives in charge of The Big Bang Theory seem a little less worked up over the contract ordeal than the devoted fans of the show. Maybe that’s a good sign that things will work out?
Let’s hope so, because Sheldon’s apparent exit at the end of last season had fans of The Big Bang Theory a little worried. While Jim Parsons is up for an Emmy for his role as Sheldon Cooper on the show, it appeared that he could be on the verge of being written out.
However, show runner Steve Molaro said that this is not the case at all. He insinuates that they had no motive in the ending of season seven.
“We’re making the best episodes that we can come up with,” Molaro said. “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.”
They had better get on with it, as filming for season eight is slated to begin on July 30th.
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