Production on CBS’ hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory has been delayed as most of the core cast do not yet have contracts for the show’s recently ordered eighth season.
As previously reported, only Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have deals in place with series producer Warner Bros. Television for the new season. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg’s contracts expired at the end of season seven and their reps only recently began working with WB to secure deals for the quintet to return for the new season.
“Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed”, Warner Bros. Television said in a statement yesterday. The studio is re-assessing the situation on a day-to-day basis. The delay is not expected to effect delivery of the one-hour season premiere, which is slated to air on CBS on September 22nd
The cast members are reported to be seeking hefty salary increases. Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco, who are currently making around $300 000 per episode, are seeking close to $1 million per episode. Kunal Nayar and Simon Helberg are also seeking “a substantial raise”, though it is expected to be lower than the fee being sought by Galecki and co.
Despite the fact that Warner Bros Television and the stars reps have taken some time to engage in the deal making process, the studio is expected to accede to the salary demands. Especially given the fact that the series recently earned a lucrative three-year renewal from CBS and is a huge seller from WB’s global sales division Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.