'The Big Bang Theory' Production Pushed Back A Full Week As Contract Negotiations Continue
The original cast of the beloved sitcom are also likely to have their demands met before production for season 8 commences.
CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' is still dealing with behind-the-scenes issues as production for the show's eight season remains delayed due the cast continuing to negotiating new contracts that will give them a rather large pay rise.
The cast of 'The Big Bang Theory'
Warner Bros., the producer of 'Big Bang,' announced on Wednesday (July 30th), "due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on 'The Big Bang Theory' - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed," as Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, still try to secure new deals.
However, fans of the beloved sitcom will be pleased to hear that series 8, which is expected premiere on September 22nd, is scheduled to resume this coming Wednesday (Aug 6th), according to Deadline.
This past March, CBS ordered three more seasons of 'Big Bang,' and will therefore take the hit show to ten seasons, until the 2016-2017 television calendar, which puts it on the same par as the universally loved sitcom 'Friends'.
And it seems all the original cast want to be paid the same amount the 'Friends' cast was as well. For season 7, the big three, Leonard, Sheldon and Penny, played by Johnny Galecki, Jim Parson and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, earned $350,000 per episode, but now the trio are reportedly demanding up to $1 million per 22 minutes of televisual viewing.
The cast & crew of 'The Big Bang Theory'
It appears that the cast are going to have their demands met, a "well-placed inside" confirmed to Fox News.
"Since the actors are negotiating together, I expect them to have fairly similar deals," entertainment attorney Julian Chan also added. "What they want is completely reasonable considering the financial success of the show. It's all about balance. The show has proven long-term success and is ensemble-driven, and the balance favors the wealth with the cast."