With only a week until the cast is due to return to the set to begin work on its eighth season, will CBS and the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" be able to come together and ink a deal? Fans of the popular series sure hope so!
While the network renewed the series for three additional years in March of 2014, contracts for the stars of the series expired at the end of last season. Though there has been some talk from both sides, so far, leads Jim Parsons (Dr. Sheldon Cooper,) Johnny Galecki (Dr. Leonard Hoffstadter,) Kaley Cuoco (Penny,) Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz,) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali) have yet to reach an agreement with the network. (Series supporting actors Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski Wolowitz) and Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) are currently under contract.)
Chuck Lorre, executive producer for “The Big Bang Theory” appears confident that a deal will be struck. Per Lorre, “There are people at Warner Bros. Television and people representing the actors who have done this before. This will work itself out.”
Rumor has it that the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” is seeking a salary more in line with the amount that the stars of NBC’s “Friends” negotiated in February of 2002. Each of the series’ six stars managed to successfully negotiate an impressive one million dollar per episode price tag. If their negotiations are successful, Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco would earn the same. (Helberg and Nayyar are negotiating their salaries as a team.)
Withthe clock ticking on the start of the new season, something will have to happen soon. If not, there’s a chance that the season premiere would be delayed which would be a costly move for the network.
So what do you guys think of the news? Do you think CBS should settle and agree to pay the stars what they’re requesting? What do you think is a fair wage?