After months of rumours that both CBS and Warner Bros. Television were in talks for a three season pick up of The Big Bang Theory, it’s finally official. Television’s number one comedy series has been renewed at CBS through the 2016-2017 season.
With the three season deal, negotiations for the core cast of Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are expected to get into full swing, as all five actors’ contracts are up at the end of the current season. Galecki, Cuoco and Parsons are expected to get a substantial pay increase from their current $340K per episode.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
In addition to the three season deal, which was just announced by CBS, Deadline is reporting that the network and Warner Bros. Television are also in talks to renewal The Big Bang Theory executive producer Chuck Lorre’s other three CBS comedies. If successful the talks would reportedly result in Two And A Half Men returning for a thirteen episode eleventh season, while Mom would be back for a second season and Mike & Molly would return for its fifth season.
Of course, CBS was expected to renew every one of Lorre’s comedies as all have been strong players this season and Lorre is a key producer for the network. It also tracks with comments recently made by CBS topper Les Moonves at Deutsche Bank’s 22nd Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference where he said he was looking to add four new series to the schedule for next season; two dramas and two comedies, implying most of the network scripted line up would be returning.