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New three-year contract for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco
The cast of the already award-winning sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” is demanding a salary increase, which is quite something: The stars of the CBS show only want to sign the contracts for a planned eighth season if the studio bosses promise them salaries of one million dollars (the equivalent of about 740,000 euros) per episode. Jim Parsons(Sheldon), Johnny Galecki(Leonard), Kaley Cuoco(Penny), Simon Helberg(Howard) and Kunal Nayyar(Raj) are currently negotiating with Warner Brothers TV and, according to the deadline, could soon receive a fee comparable to that of the stars of the sitcom “Friends”, which ended in 2004. Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are rumored to be currently receiving 325,000 dollars (240,000 euros) per episode. If they are able to push through their demands for a hefty pay rise, they would suddenly become the highest paid actors on US television, outdoing even Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryerau’s “Two And A Half Men”. The production phase of season eight was supposed to start at the end of the month. Since the contract negotiations have not yet been concluded, shooting may be delayed, however, it is said. CBS recently confirmed that a total of three new seasons are planned, which means that fans can expect new episodes until 2017.
UPDATE: Production start postponed due to salary negotiations
The production phase of the eighth season of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ could not start as planned this week, according to a report by the news agency ‘Reuters’, because the main actors of the popular US sitcom are still negotiating their salaries. Originally Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Junal Nayyar (Raj) and Simon Helberg (Howard) were expected back on set on Wednesday (July 30), but negotiations with ‘Warner Bros. Television (WBTV)’ were not yet completed. The Big Bang Theory’ is the most popular TV show in the US with currently 23.1 million viewers, so it didn’t surprise anyone when three more seasons of the sitcom were announced this spring. However, in an official statement, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television confirmed: “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production cannot begin as planned and will have to be postponed”, and apparently a reading was planned, during which the main actors would go through the scripts of the new episodes together. (31.07.2014)
UPDATE: New three-year contract for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuocoh have signed a new three-year contract with Warner Bros. This means that the popular TV series of the American TV channel ‘CBS’ is entering the next round after all. Co-Stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyarstecken are still in salary negotiations with the production studio, but it is expected that an agreement will be reached this week. Production for the next three seasons was supposed to start last week, but the five main actors refused to come back to the set without renegotiated contracts. The acting team demanded a hefty pay rise. Previously, each of the actors earned 325,000 US dollars per episode. After the great success of the series this is now too little in the eyes of the actors. They demanded an increase to about one million US dollars pay per episode. With this record amount, the stars of the popular show put themselves on a par with the actors of the cult series ‘Friends’, who demanded the same amount in their time. After the disagreements have been resolved, the production of the eighth season is finally scheduled to begin on Wednesday [August 6]. With more than 20 million viewers per week, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the most successful comedy series in the USA.