The stalemate between the cast of the CBS ratings powerhouse "The Big Bang Theory" and the network has, at least for the moment, made some progress. As of August 4, 2014, series leads Jim Parsons (Dr. Sheldon Cooper,) Johnny Galecki (Dr. Leonard Hofstadter,) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) have successfully negotiated a lucrative deal that will net each of them a hefty sum for the next three seasons. Just how hefty? How does $1 million an episode, each, sound? The sum seems exorbitant, but NBC inked the same deal with each of its six stars of "Friends" in 2002.
But what about the rest of the cast? While Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz) were already under contract, stars Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) were not. They have banded together in an attempt to negotiate a better rate for the remaining three seasons. There is no word, yet, regarding the status of their respective contracts.
Fans became worried about he power play when neither side could come to an agreement. As a result, the first scheduled table read of the season was cancelled. It appeared the series' eighth season might be delayed.
While the situation is not fully resolved, major progress has been made and a deal between Helberg and Nayyar can't be too far behind on the horizon. CBS is sure to be more willing to negotiate to keep the series on track than to let negotiations drag on and risk losing money on the popular sitcom.
So what do you think of the news? Do you believe CBS made the right decision? Do you believe the series' stars should be compensated for their part in the process that earns the network big bucks every year? Or do you believe they're overpaid? Comment below with your thoughts.
"The Big Bang Theory" is currently scheduled to return to CBS on Monday, September 22, 2014.