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'Big Bang Theory' production halts: 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld'-like pay wanted?

'The Big Bang Theory' production for new season at a halt. Contract negotiations still not settled.
'The Big Bang Theory' production for new season at a halt. Contract negotiations still not settled.
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"The Big Bang Theory” has just been put on hold for production as the top stars are still negotiating their contracts for this coming season. It seems that production was due to start Wednesday, but now the number one show for CBS is on hold with no secured date to start filming the next season. The premiere for the next season is slated to air in less than two months, according to CNN News on July 31.

This is unfortunate to say the least especially since the show has been picked up for three more years and the network has the premiere of the new season scheduled for September 22. It is already August, so this is pushing the envelope a bit when it comes to the time.

As reported previously, the top actors on the show are looking for a substantial pay raise per episode. Nothing official has been said about the pay raise amount, but Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, who made $325,000 an episode last season are said to be reaching for substantially more than this, suggests MSN Entertainment News.

It seems these three are looking for the type of money that the actors on “Friends” and “Seinfeld” got on their final few seasons. That is a cool million per episode. If “Friends” and “Seinfeld” could afford that type of money so many years ago, it’s hard to believe that would be a problem for CBS today.

Along with the $1 million per episode, the three cast members are asking for a piece of the backend profits. Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are two more of the cast members who have yet to reach a contract agreement for the new season. They too are in negotiations, but their expectations as far as pay have not been made public.

As of today it is not known how long the production will be at a stand-still. With the first show due to kick off on September 22 for the new season, they better get going, wouldn’t you say?