The Big Bang Theory co-stars Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have signed new contracts with series producer Warner Bros Television.
The new three-year contracts for the duo comes after some tense last minute negotiations, which resulted in both Nayyar and Helberg securing significant pay raises from their previous $100K per episode fee. Warner Bros had set a deadline of 3pm on Tuesday to reach a deal with the two actors and were reportedly prepared to begin production without Nayyar and Helberg as the studio considered them to be “third-tier talent”.
Now that this latest round of contract negotiations have been concluded, the entire cast has signed on for season eight which Warner Bros Television said would begin production as planned on Wednesday August 6th with a table read. “Production on season eight of The Big Bang Theory will begin Wednesday, August 6, with contract negotiations now having been concluded”, the studio said in a statement.
Last week Warner Bros reached a new three-year agreement with series leads Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco. That deal, which laid the groundwork for production to begin on Wednesday August 6th, saw the trio increase their back end stake in the show as well as netting a salary of $1 million per episode; ultimately earning each of the three actors more than $90 million by the end of season 10.
With production slated to commence this week, Warner Bros Television will be able to deliver the one-hour season premiere, slated to air on CBS on September 22nd, on time. Despite the one week delay, the studio is still hopeful they will be able to produce the full season order and not have to cut season eight to 23 episodes.