CBS hit show; The Big Bang Theory has officially hit a major speed bump on the road to production on the 8th season. There is a current logjam between the cast of The Big Bang Theory and production in regards to new contracts for all of the shows stars, who include Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar. All of the CBS stars have expired contracts as of now.
Both PopWrapped and E!News have been on top of the whole contract debacle between the cast and production who are both reporting that production has come to a complete halt until future notice. However, the fall premier date, Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. has not been pushed back.
This situation is much like back what occurred in 2004 with the cast of Friends. When the show ended, the six lead characters were earning $1 million an episode. That is the price point the three main characters (Parson, Cuoco-Sweeting, and Galecki) are aiming for. While Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are also looking to get a significant pay raise as well, but their terms have not been released.
Warner Bros. TV who produces the hit show released this statement, “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory—which was originally scheduled to begin today—has been postponed.”
The show has been ordered through the 10th season, so the new contracts if the get signed, presumably would be through that season. While fans may be freaking out, show creator Chuck Lorre exudes the exact opposite feelings, “It will be fine. Warner Brothers has done this before. Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It's a great cast. Great cast. It's their time."
Hopefully this sticky situation gets all worked out in a time for the much anticipated season 8 premier.