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'Big Bang Theory' demise looms? 'Big bang' just a small pop without contracts

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The "Big Bang Theory" is one of the most popular sitcoms on TV today, but without the stars having contracts to return to the next season, trouble may be on the horizon. It's not as if CBS won't give the stars a contract, it is the amount of money per episode wanted by three of the original cast members that is holding up the works, according to Contact Music on July 18.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are looking for more money per episode, it sounds as it may work out to almost triple of what they make today. For season seven of the "Big Bang Theory," these stars earned $350,000 per episode. Going into season eight, $1 million per episode may be on the table for these stars, suggests PopStopTV.

Before you drop your jaw, a little background on how well this show does may soften the blow. New reports put the show generating $3 billion for Warner Bros. The $1 million per episode is what the stars of "Seinfeld" and "Friends" were given during their last few seasons. That was over a decade ago.

When Jerry Seinfeld decided it was time to end the show, NBC came back with an offer of $5 million per episode, which he refused, according to CNN News in an archived article. This just goes to show you how much money a good sitcom can generate for the powers-who-be.

Seinfeld was offered the $5 million per episode for the 1998-1999 season, which was 15 years ago. In the scope of things $1 million per episode for the stars that made the show what it is today is not asking too much. That's called sharing the wealth!

Five of the show's stars don't have contracts for the up-and -coming season eight and CBS has just signed up for three more seasons of the show. The show has Mayim Bialk and Melissa Rauch coming back, but two cast members does not make a "Big Bang Theory." It is more of a small pop, than a big bang!

The show is due to go into production for season eight on July 30, so this is cutting it right down to the wire. With only two weeks to go, the show may be in jeopardy of getting canceled.

If an agreement on the contracts isn't made soon, this may push the start of production back. Warner Brothers does have the history of waiting until the final hour when meeting the asking prices of contracts, so this could be the case here, reports Contact Music.