Big Bang Theory Finale Promises To Be Packed With Surprises And Cliffhangers

It’s that time of the year again – the season of season finales – and one of those is the final episode of Big Bang Theory. Not the final final one, though we don’t see any reason to care, if it were otherwise. But still, the series will trudge on, promoting stereotypes of smart people, while at the same time peddling to those exact same nerds. At least there’s some nice juicy drama in this one though, which comes from the thriving relationship of Leonard and Penny, surprisingly. But when Leonard gets a gig with an expedition with Steven Hawking’s team, the question is, where will their relationship go from there? Of course, Raj and his girl are having some problems too and Sheldon’s problem is that he, surprisingly, is afraid of being left alone and wants Leonard to stay. Of course, you don’t really care about the plot, because The Big Bang Theory is mostly about Sheldon’s oh-so-hilarious misanthropic quips (which, coincidentally, might be symptomatic of some form of autism).

In six seasons, Big Bang has more than doubled its viewership and is currently one of CBS's top productions. So, who knows, maybe there's something there. If you’re keen on watching the team’s shenanigans, the finale will air as usual tonight (Thursday) on CBS.

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Johnny Galecki, aka Leonard, arriving at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

 


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Do The Big Bang Theory Stars Deserve To Become The Highest Paid Actors? 4308000 News

It started as a pretty late take on geek culture and ended up thrusting Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg into around 20 million American living rooms every week. Now, filming of the eighth season is delayed because they want more money. A statement from Warner Bros Television (WBTV) said: "Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed."

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons accepts his award for Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Getty 2014/Kevin Winter)

Like many of American’s most popular sitcoms, looking back at the first season after eight or nine have flown by, it’s jarring. In the beginning, The Big Bang Theory didn’t really know what it was: Galecki’s Leonard Hofstadter was pinned as the show’s leading man; fumbling yet handsome, nerdy, lovable. But Parson’s Sheldon would soon take centre stage and thrust Leonard and Penny’s Ross & Rachel plotlines into the background.

More: 7 Reasons for 7 Seasons: Why 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Such a Hit

The show also confirmed Chuck Lorre’s position as TV’s MVP; the showrunner L.A was meant to produce. The man has already worked TV’s most lucrative stars in Aston Kutcher and Jon Cryer with Two And a Half Men. Of course, it’s not up to him how much money his stars get. There are people at WBTV and people representing the actors who have done this before,” he explained of  "This will work itself out. I think it's great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It'll work out."

More: Are The Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth $1 Million Per Episode?

Deserve is probably a funny word, because it’s obvious to anyone who knows anything about anyone that no one ‘deserves’ $1m for an episode of scripted American comedy. But this is the world we live in, and in this current habitat, people like Galecki, Cuoco, Parsons, Nayyar and Helberg get what they want. As part of the most popular comedy on TV right now, they command a certain level of autonomy over their contracts, and you can bet CBS will give them what they ask for, or at least something dangerously close to that magical $1m per ep mark. 

It started as a pretty late take on geek culture and ended up thrusting Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg into around 20 million American living rooms every week. Now, filming of the eighth season is delayed because they want more money. A statement from Warner Bros Television (WBTV) said: "Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed."

Jim ParsonsJim Parsons accepts his award for Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Getty 2014/Kevin Winter)

Like many of American’s most popular sitcoms, looking back at the first season after eight or nine have flown by, it’s jarring. In the beginning, The Big Bang Theory didn’t really know what it was: Galecki’s Leonard Hofstadter was pinned as the show’s leading man; fumbling yet handsome, nerdy, lovable. But Parson’s Sheldon would soon take centre stage and thrust Leonard and Penny’s Ross & Rachel plotlines into the background.

More: 7 Reasons for 7 Seasons: Why 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Such a Hit

The show also confirmed Chuck Lorre’s position as TV’s MVP; the showrunner L.A was meant to produce. The man has already worked TV’s most lucrative stars in Aston Kutcher and Jon Cryer with Two And a Half Men. Of course, it’s not up to him how much money his stars get. There are people at WBTV and people representing the actors who have done this before,” he explained of  "This will work itself out. I think it's great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It'll work out."

More: Are The Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth $1 Million Per Episode?

Deserve is probably a funny word, because it’s obvious to anyone who knows anything about anyone that no one ‘deserves’ $1m for an episode of scripted American comedy. But this is the world we live in, and in this current habitat, people like Galecki, Cuoco, Parsons, Nayyar and Helberg get what they want. As part of the most popular comedy on TV right now, they command a certain level of autonomy over their contracts, and you can bet CBS will give them what they ask for, or at least something dangerously close to that magical $1m per ep mark. 

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"The Big Bang Theory" Is Hitting Production Delays Over Big Pay Demands From Stars 4307571 News

Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory is mercifully being delayed over contract disputes between Warner Bros. TV and Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kayley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. According to E! Online, the contract standoff has been going on for a while, but it’s only now that the impasse is beginning to affect production.

Big Bang Theory Cast
The contract standoff is becoming a problem.

 

Despite this, officials at WBTV aren’t worried. Earlier in July, CBS Chief Nina Tassler said at the TSA Press Tour: “We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year.”

Supporting actors Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were not series regulars at the beginning, have already finished negotiations and signed their contracts. However, all of the five remaining actors are targeting significant pay raises, with Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki reportedly after Friends-level pay rates. By the time the iconic sitcom ended in 2004, each of its four stars was making $1 million per episode.

Big Bang Theory Cast
CBS and Warner Bros. officials are still optimistic.

 

It’s unlikely that CBS will grant the BBT stars the same kind of money, but creator Chuck Lorre is none the less optimistic: "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."

More: Why Is The Big Bang Theory Such A Hit Again?

 

Barring any further production delays, The Big Bang Theory is set to return to CBS on Monday, September 22 at 8PM. It will then reclaim its Thursday timeslot.

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons [l] and his two main co-stars are reportedly demanding significant pay raises.

Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory is mercifully being delayed over contract disputes between Warner Bros. TV and Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kayley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. According to E! Online, the contract standoff has been going on for a while, but it’s only now that the impasse is beginning to affect production.

Big Bang Theory Cast
The contract standoff is becoming a problem.

 

Despite this, officials at WBTV aren’t worried. Earlier in July, CBS Chief Nina Tassler said at the TSA Press Tour: “We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year.”

Supporting actors Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were not series regulars at the beginning, have already finished negotiations and signed their contracts. However, all of the five remaining actors are targeting significant pay raises, with Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki reportedly after Friends-level pay rates. By the time the iconic sitcom ended in 2004, each of its four stars was making $1 million per episode.

Big Bang Theory Cast
CBS and Warner Bros. officials are still optimistic.

 

It’s unlikely that CBS will grant the BBT stars the same kind of money, but creator Chuck Lorre is none the less optimistic: "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."

More: Why Is The Big Bang Theory Such A Hit Again?

 

Barring any further production delays, The Big Bang Theory is set to return to CBS on Monday, September 22 at 8PM. It will then reclaim its Thursday timeslot.

Jim Parsons
Jim Parsons [l] and his two main co-stars are reportedly demanding significant pay raises.

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Production Of CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' Comes To A Halt As Cast Negotiate New Deals 4307002 News

Fans of the beloved CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' are beginning to become worried about the effect these recent behind-the-scenes issues could have on the show's eight season, which is scheduled to production on Wednesday (July 30th).

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The cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' are still negotiating new contracts

Warner Bros., the producer of 'Big Bang,' announced that filming has been delayed because the cast, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still negotiating new deals.

"Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on 'The Big Bang Theory' - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed," the film studio said in an official statement on Wednesday.

More: 7 Reasons for 7 Seasons: Why 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Such a Hit

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.

More: Why Do We Love 'The Big Bang Theory' So Much?

But even though production has been halted, it seems higher-ups within the show are confident their contracts will be successfully negotiated sooner rather than later.

Big Bang Theory
The cast and crew of 'The Big Bang Theory'

"It will be fine," Chuck Lorre, the show's creator, told E!News earlier this month. "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."

While at the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour, CBS' Nina Tassler also said, "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year."

The eight season of 'The Big Bang Theory' is set to premiere on September 22nd.

Fans of the beloved CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' are beginning to become worried about the effect these recent behind-the-scenes issues could have on the show's eight season, which is scheduled to production on Wednesday (July 30th).

Big Bang
The cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' are still negotiating new contracts

Warner Bros., the producer of 'Big Bang,' announced that filming has been delayed because the cast, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still negotiating new deals.

"Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on 'The Big Bang Theory' - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed," the film studio said in an official statement on Wednesday.

More: 7 Reasons for 7 Seasons: Why 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Such a Hit

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.

More: Why Do We Love 'The Big Bang Theory' So Much?

But even though production has been halted, it seems higher-ups within the show are confident their contracts will be successfully negotiated sooner rather than later.

Big Bang Theory
The cast and crew of 'The Big Bang Theory'

"It will be fine," Chuck Lorre, the show's creator, told E!News earlier this month. "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."

While at the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour, CBS' Nina Tassler also said, "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year."

The eight season of 'The Big Bang Theory' is set to premiere on September 22nd.

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7 Reasons for 7 Seasons: Why 'The Big Bang Theory' Is Such a Hit 4296012 News

The finale of season 7 of The Big Bang Theory left viewers gasping for answers with regard many obstacles that seem to have fallen in the gang’s way. In reality the future of the main cast is also uncertain as their contract negotiations continue to be disputed. What is certain about this hit comedy, however, is it popularity. Here we look at the seven reasons, for seven seasons, why it's such a firm favourite with viewers worldwide.

Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons character [bottom left], Sheldon Cooper, is a big reason why The Big Bang Theory is so popular

Sheldon Cooper

The stand out character of the show is Sheldon Cooper. Uncompromising in his ways, unchecked in his conversation and in no doubt of his own brilliance, Sheldon is a fantastic character in so many ways that have never been explored in a TV series before.

If it was just The Sheldon Cooper Theory, that show would still be worth watching.

Penny

We might not even know her last name but Penny represents a bigger scope of the viewing population than any of us may care to admit. She doesn't understand the majority of what her 'clever' friends are talking about and, despite all her good acting intentions, her lifelong dream still alludes her.

She may be baffled and unfulfilled most of the time but that's exactly what makes her a woman of the people.

More: Is the cast of The Big Bang Theory worth $1million per episode?

Big Bang TheoryThe cast of the Big Bang Theory

Relationships

Sheldon Cooper with a girlfriend was a tricky subject to tackle but the introduction of Amy was executed perfectly. His character compromised nothing of what makes him brilliant and Amy as a person in her own right is "It's a tiara!!" fantastic.

Leonard and Penny and their on again off again relationship has been a firm staple of the show that everyone can get behind. She makes him cooler and he makes her smarter. And finally, after season 7's latest developments, can we really see a light at the end of the on again tunnel?

Next page: the girls of 'The Big Bang Theory'

 

Geeky intelligence

Primarily, this is a show about four men struggling to combine their passion for science, cool gadgets and toys with acceptable social behaviour patterns. While we have watched their social capabilities grow throughout the seasons, they haven't achieved perfect equilibrium and when they lose it to pure geekiness, it makes for hilarious comedy.

Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons [L] in 'The Big Bang Theory'

The girls

Until season 3 Penny held down the fort for the females all on her own. But the introduction of Bernadette and Amy opened up a whole new era for the woman and brought in endless comedy possibilities.

Amy's desire for Sheldon's affection is both beautifully touching and eternally infuriating, Bernadette's sassy side is fantastic in conjunction with Howard's bizarre character traits and the girls' nights out and trips to Disneyland widen the spotlight from Star Wars dress up days and 3D chess nights.

Mayim Bialik's character, Amy Farrah Fowler, has provided comedy within the girls of the show.

Friendship

Raj and Howard have a friendship that even the best bromances can only aspire to and, even with Bernadette on the scene, they still have an unnerving male bond. Penny and Sheldon have a sweet friendship based solely upon their annoyance of each other flaws and irritations, which is hilarious to watch.

Big Bang Theory castThe cast and creators of 'The Big Bang Theory'

The girls are very adept at drinking wine together and complaining about men and the boys are very good at submerging themselves in computer games.

If you're looking for a buddy, The Big Bang Theory has loads.

More: Check out our Kaley Cuoco picture gallery

Comics

The boys have come a long way from their dark days of nerdiness and fear of interaction in season 1 but, despite the girlfriends coming (and staying), their social circle widening (slightly) and confidence in themselves growing, Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj have remained ever faithful to their love of comic books.

Let's hope they continue to live long and prosper.

The finale of season 7 of The Big Bang Theory left viewers gasping for answers with regard many obstacles that seem to have fallen in the gang’s way. In reality the future of the main cast is also uncertain as their contract negotiations continue to be disputed. What is certain about this hit comedy, however, is it popularity. Here we look at the seven reasons, for seven seasons, why it's such a firm favourite with viewers worldwide.

Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons character [bottom left], Sheldon Cooper, is a big reason why The Big Bang Theory is so popular

Sheldon Cooper

The stand out character of the show is Sheldon Cooper. Uncompromising in his ways, unchecked in his conversation and in no doubt of his own brilliance, Sheldon is a fantastic character in so many ways that have never been explored in a TV series before.

If it was just The Sheldon Cooper Theory, that show would still be worth watching.

Penny

We might not even know her last name but Penny represents a bigger scope of the viewing population than any of us may care to admit. She doesn't understand the majority of what her 'clever' friends are talking about and, despite all her good acting intentions, her lifelong dream still alludes her.

She may be baffled and unfulfilled most of the time but that's exactly what makes her a woman of the people.

More: Is the cast of The Big Bang Theory worth $1million per episode?

Big Bang TheoryThe cast of the Big Bang Theory

Relationships

Sheldon Cooper with a girlfriend was a tricky subject to tackle but the introduction of Amy was executed perfectly. His character compromised nothing of what makes him brilliant and Amy as a person in her own right is "It's a tiara!!" fantastic.

Leonard and Penny and their on again off again relationship has been a firm staple of the show that everyone can get behind. She makes him cooler and he makes her smarter. And finally, after season 7's latest developments, can we really see a light at the end of the on again tunnel?

Next page: the girls of 'The Big Bang Theory'

 

Geeky intelligence

Primarily, this is a show about four men struggling to combine their passion for science, cool gadgets and toys with acceptable social behaviour patterns. While we have watched their social capabilities grow throughout the seasons, they haven't achieved perfect equilibrium and when they lose it to pure geekiness, it makes for hilarious comedy.

Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons [L] in 'The Big Bang Theory'

The girls

Until season 3 Penny held down the fort for the females all on her own. But the introduction of Bernadette and Amy opened up a whole new era for the woman and brought in endless comedy possibilities.

Amy's desire for Sheldon's affection is both beautifully touching and eternally infuriating, Bernadette's sassy side is fantastic in conjunction with Howard's bizarre character traits and the girls' nights out and trips to Disneyland widen the spotlight from Star Wars dress up days and 3D chess nights.

Mayim Bialik's character, Amy Farrah Fowler, has provided comedy within the girls of the show.

Friendship

Raj and Howard have a friendship that even the best bromances can only aspire to and, even with Bernadette on the scene, they still have an unnerving male bond. Penny and Sheldon have a sweet friendship based solely upon their annoyance of each other flaws and irritations, which is hilarious to watch.

Big Bang Theory castThe cast and creators of 'The Big Bang Theory'

The girls are very adept at drinking wine together and complaining about men and the boys are very good at submerging themselves in computer games.

If you're looking for a buddy, The Big Bang Theory has loads.

More: Check out our Kaley Cuoco picture gallery

Comics

The boys have come a long way from their dark days of nerdiness and fear of interaction in season 1 but, despite the girlfriends coming (and staying), their social circle widening (slightly) and confidence in themselves growing, Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj have remained ever faithful to their love of comic books.

Let's hope they continue to live long and prosper.

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Are The Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' Worth $1 Million Per Episode? 4294458 News

Production of season 8 of the TheBig Bang Theory is yet to be confirmed as the stars of the show and its production company continue to wrangle over contract negotiations.

The Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper is the show's stand-out comedy character

According to Deadline.com, the entire original cast have not signed new contracts and a major issue which is dragging the deal is thought to be the actors’ pay-per-episode amount.

For season 7, the big three, Leonard, Sheldon and Penny - played by Johnny Galecki, Jim Parson and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting - earned a whopping $350,000 per episode.

It has been suggested, as the latest round of negotiations continue and in line with the huge rise in popularity of the show, the main cast could demand up to $1million per 22 minutes of televisual viewing.

Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco-Sweeting [R] is said to want $1million per episode for the hit show

This situation bears resemblance to that of the cast of Friends, who settled on a whopping $1million per episode contract for seasons 9 and 10 of the hit show.

Comparisons have consequently been made between the two comedies as the popularity of The Big Bang Theory reaches the Friends fever-pitch of the early 2000s.

More: Kayley Cuoco opens up about her new husband after whirlwind romance

Next page: Are the Big Bang Theory stars really worth $1 million?

 

The question is: are the stars of The Big Bang Theory really worth $1million per episode? Putting aside the notion that anyone deserves $24million for one work project that takes up to three months to complete, has the cast of The Big Bang Theory delivered enough for this new million dollar status they are potentially demanding?

Big Bang TheoryAre Jim Parsons and co really worth $1 million?

Earlier this year, the show renewed for an epic three more seasons which gave a small indication of just how popular it is and how much its producers believe in its longevity.

Every year its audience has grown and it has become the highest-rated show on American television.

Across the pond in the UK, the new season formed part of E4’s Quite Big Thursdays and the channel regularly show re-runs and re-runs of past seasons.

It is, therefore, without doubt a huge money-making venture and surely nothing without the main cast who have taken viewers on a ride packed with laughs, emotional rollercoasters and genuine feelings towards the geeky, slightly alternative characters.

It would seem that the actors hold all the cards.

But still, $1million per episode is a phenomenal amount of money.

Even if their popularity level deserves it, do they really need it?

More: The Big Bang Theory is likely to come to an end in 2017

Production of season 8 of the TheBig Bang Theory is yet to be confirmed as the stars of the show and its production company continue to wrangle over contract negotiations.

The Big Bang TheoryJim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper is the show's stand-out comedy character

According to Deadline.com, the entire original cast have not signed new contracts and a major issue which is dragging the deal is thought to be the actors’ pay-per-episode amount.

For season 7, the big three, Leonard, Sheldon and Penny - played by Johnny Galecki, Jim Parson and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting - earned a whopping $350,000 per episode.

It has been suggested, as the latest round of negotiations continue and in line with the huge rise in popularity of the show, the main cast could demand up to $1million per 22 minutes of televisual viewing.

Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco-Sweeting [R] is said to want $1million per episode for the hit show

This situation bears resemblance to that of the cast of Friends, who settled on a whopping $1million per episode contract for seasons 9 and 10 of the hit show.

Comparisons have consequently been made between the two comedies as the popularity of The Big Bang Theory reaches the Friends fever-pitch of the early 2000s.

More: Kayley Cuoco opens up about her new husband after whirlwind romance

Next page: Are the Big Bang Theory stars really worth $1 million?

 

The question is: are the stars of The Big Bang Theory really worth $1million per episode? Putting aside the notion that anyone deserves $24million for one work project that takes up to three months to complete, has the cast of The Big Bang Theory delivered enough for this new million dollar status they are potentially demanding?

Big Bang TheoryAre Jim Parsons and co really worth $1 million?

Earlier this year, the show renewed for an epic three more seasons which gave a small indication of just how popular it is and how much its producers believe in its longevity.

Every year its audience has grown and it has become the highest-rated show on American television.

Across the pond in the UK, the new season formed part of E4’s Quite Big Thursdays and the channel regularly show re-runs and re-runs of past seasons.

It is, therefore, without doubt a huge money-making venture and surely nothing without the main cast who have taken viewers on a ride packed with laughs, emotional rollercoasters and genuine feelings towards the geeky, slightly alternative characters.

It would seem that the actors hold all the cards.

But still, $1million per episode is a phenomenal amount of money.

Even if their popularity level deserves it, do they really need it?

More: The Big Bang Theory is likely to come to an end in 2017

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Big Bang Theory Stars Eye $1m Per Episode, And They'll Probably Get It 4291917 News

It has been reported that the stars of CBS’ hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory, are demanding $1m per episode as they conduct contract talks ahead of production on season 8.

Big Bang Theory castOn set with the Big Bang Theory cast in 2013 (Getty/Kevin Winters)

Jim Parsons, an Emmy nominee this year for his role as Sheldon Cooper, Johnny Galecki, who plays his exasperated roommate Leonard Hofstadter, Kaley Cuoco, who plays Leonard’s love interest Penny Kaley, Simon Helberg, who plays fan favourite Howard Wolowitz and Kunal Nayyar, who plays the shy Raj Koothrappal are all working together to secure a significant pay rise. 

The first three – arguably the most marketable stars of the franchise and currently earning $325k per episode – are reportedly angling for the biggest increases of $1m per episode, while Helberg and Nayyar are looking to boost their pay packages alongside them.

More: 'The Big Bang Theory' in Jeopardy as Parsons, Cuoco, Demand Huge Pay Rise

The cynical amongst you won’t regard this as news, either because you believe The Big Bang Theory to be an inane, waste of TV, or because you know as well as I do that 19 million viewers on the regular for CBS means $3m per episode to three huge stars isn’t really a problem. Nor is it rare. The Friends cast each grabbed $1m per episode for the sitcom’s last 2 seasons.

Any such deal would make the trio the highest paid stars in television, inching ahead of Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men. TBBT has been an unmitigated success for the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, who has become one of the most revered show runners in television today.

With two more seasons of the hit comedy already commissioned, it’s difficult to fathom a world in which CBS didn’t factor this kind of request into their thinking. You can expect a deal for around $800k (rising to $1m in season 9) to be signed in the next few days.

It has been reported that the stars of CBS’ hit comedy, The Big Bang Theory, are demanding $1m per episode as they conduct contract talks ahead of production on season 8.

Big Bang Theory castOn set with the Big Bang Theory cast in 2013 (Getty/Kevin Winters)

Jim Parsons, an Emmy nominee this year for his role as Sheldon Cooper, Johnny Galecki, who plays his exasperated roommate Leonard Hofstadter, Kaley Cuoco, who plays Leonard’s love interest Penny Kaley, Simon Helberg, who plays fan favourite Howard Wolowitz and Kunal Nayyar, who plays the shy Raj Koothrappal are all working together to secure a significant pay rise. 

The first three – arguably the most marketable stars of the franchise and currently earning $325k per episode – are reportedly angling for the biggest increases of $1m per episode, while Helberg and Nayyar are looking to boost their pay packages alongside them.

More: 'The Big Bang Theory' in Jeopardy as Parsons, Cuoco, Demand Huge Pay Rise

The cynical amongst you won’t regard this as news, either because you believe The Big Bang Theory to be an inane, waste of TV, or because you know as well as I do that 19 million viewers on the regular for CBS means $3m per episode to three huge stars isn’t really a problem. Nor is it rare. The Friends cast each grabbed $1m per episode for the sitcom’s last 2 seasons.

Any such deal would make the trio the highest paid stars in television, inching ahead of Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men. TBBT has been an unmitigated success for the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, who has become one of the most revered show runners in television today.

With two more seasons of the hit comedy already commissioned, it’s difficult to fathom a world in which CBS didn’t factor this kind of request into their thinking. You can expect a deal for around $800k (rising to $1m in season 9) to be signed in the next few days.

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'The Big Bang Theory' in Jeopardy as Parsons, Cuoco, Demand Huge Pay Rise 4290667 News

Sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the jewel in CBS' crown, is in jeopardy of being cancelled altogether just two weeks before the show is slated to go into production on its upcoming eighth season. The entire original cast is still without contracts and there appears no sign of a deal.

Big Bang TheoryThe Big Bang Theory could earn Warner Bros $3 billion

The situation is almost identical to the one in 2010, when salary negotiations concerning Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar affected the start of production. As Deadline notes, the difference this time is that in 2010, the cast had pre-existing contracts and were obliged to show up for work. This time around, the five stars are no longer contracted to the show. Currently, CBS has only Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik available for work.

Essentially, it means that if deals are not reached in two weeks production could be delayed, however, Warner Bros TV has a history of going down to the wire without big cast deals and conducted its business similarly during negotiations on Two and a Half Men. 

Under their previous contracts, Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco earned around $350,000 an episode for Season 7 though with reports that Big Bang Theory could generated $3 billion for Warner Bros, new 'Friends' style salaries of $1 million per episode could be on the table. Eventually. 

Big Bang Theory season 8 is due to go into production on July 30, 2014. 

Sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the jewel in CBS' crown, is in jeopardy of being cancelled altogether just two weeks before the show is slated to go into production on its upcoming eighth season. The entire original cast is still without contracts and there appears no sign of a deal.

Big Bang TheoryThe Big Bang Theory could earn Warner Bros $3 billion

The situation is almost identical to the one in 2010, when salary negotiations concerning Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar affected the start of production. As Deadline notes, the difference this time is that in 2010, the cast had pre-existing contracts and were obliged to show up for work. This time around, the five stars are no longer contracted to the show. Currently, CBS has only Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik available for work.

Essentially, it means that if deals are not reached in two weeks production could be delayed, however, Warner Bros TV has a history of going down to the wire without big cast deals and conducted its business similarly during negotiations on Two and a Half Men. 

Under their previous contracts, Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco earned around $350,000 an episode for Season 7 though with reports that Big Bang Theory could generated $3 billion for Warner Bros, new 'Friends' style salaries of $1 million per episode could be on the table. Eventually. 

Big Bang Theory season 8 is due to go into production on July 30, 2014. 

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New York Premiere of 'Wish I Was Here' [Photos] 4288066 News

Stars gathered for the New York premiere of Zach Braff’s spiritual sequel to ‘Garden State’, ‘Wish I Was Here’ on Tuesday night (July 15). 

The film sees indie favourite Braff back in the movie game following a hugely successful turn as ‘JD’ in hospital comedy-drama Scrubs. Following the sitcom, he found critical acclaim and a cult following with ‘Garden State’. 

‘Wish I Was Here’ is about a single father trying to experience life and raise his kids at the same time. It stars Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, and James Avery and will be released this Friday  (July 18) by Focus Pictures. 

Braff was recently moved to defend his decision to fund the film via the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. He explained that this campaign will only finance a part of the film's entire budget (which he estimates to be about $5-6 million). He was also keen to point out that it was more about building a community than raising money. And if you don't want in on that community, well then so be it. "If you hate me and Garden State... this is not the club for you,” he explained.

More: Read About The Film's Music as Zach Braff Reignites The Shins Connection for 'Wish I Was Here

Stars gathered for the New York premiere of Zach Braff’s spiritual sequel to ‘Garden State’, ‘Wish I Was Here’ on Tuesday night (July 15). 

The film sees indie favourite Braff back in the movie game following a hugely successful turn as ‘JD’ in hospital comedy-drama Scrubs. Following the sitcom, he found critical acclaim and a cult following with ‘Garden State’. 

‘Wish I Was Here’ is about a single father trying to experience life and raise his kids at the same time. It stars Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, and James Avery and will be released this Friday  (July 18) by Focus Pictures. 

Braff was recently moved to defend his decision to fund the film via the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. He explained that this campaign will only finance a part of the film's entire budget (which he estimates to be about $5-6 million). He was also keen to point out that it was more about building a community than raising money. And if you don't want in on that community, well then so be it. "If you hate me and Garden State... this is not the club for you,” he explained.

More: Read About The Film's Music as Zach Braff Reignites The Shins Connection for 'Wish I Was Here

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The Normal Heart 4218963 Film Reviews

It's taken nearly 30 years to bring Larry Kramer's passionate, award-winning play to the screen, but this high-calibre production is a genuine stunner. Even if it was made for television, it carries the gut-punch of a great drama, adding a deeply personal perspective to recent Aids epidemic documentaries like How to Survive a Plague and We Were Here.

At the centre is the outspoken writer Ned (Mark Ruffalo), who has already ruffled feathers in the 1981 New York gay community with his rants against promiscuity. So when a close friend (Jonathan Groff) comes down with what has been labelled "gay cancer", he has a new cause to get angry about. He gathers his buddies including Bruce, Tommy and Mickey (Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Joe Mantello) to form an action group, working with Emma (Julia Roberts), a doctor who suspects that the disease is sexually transmitted. But the community isn't willing to give up its hard-fought sexual freedoms. And as Ned falls for Times journalist Felix (Matt Bomer), he becomes increasingly outraged that the government is doing nothing while thousands of people die.

Kramer's script is so intimate and raw that it brings the characters to vivid life, giving each of the actors a show-stopping scene of his or her own. Ruffalo's complex and remarkably transparent performance holds everything together beautifully. Ned's relationships and confrontations all pack a powerful punch, from the romantic scenes with Bomer's lively Felix to darker strain with his brother (Alfred Molina) or an all-out battle with a politician (Corey Stoll). And Roberts gets some pungent scenes of her own, most notably a fiery rant against a room full of callous congressmen.

Director Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) also adds some clever touches that further deepen the themes and make them resonate today. And while there are refreshingly light moments along the way, it's the eloquent dialogue that adds real power to the story. Especially with bracing observations like Tommy's horrified question in the face of government inaction: "Why are they letting us die? They just don't like us." Or when Felix realises what being closeted has done to gay men through history: "Men do not naturally not love. They've learned not to."

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Wish I Was Here 4207078 Videos 21st May 2014

Aidan Bloom may look like he's got a lot going for him on the outside, in his prime at 35 with a beautiful wife and two loving children named Grace and Tucker, but the truth is he's floundering. He dreams of being an actor, but that's not a job you can guarantee stability from and thus he no longer has enough money to send his kids to a private school - even with the full to bursting swear jar. He decides to home tutor them after deciding against public school, and soon discovers that he's not the only one in his life who is having problems. With his father having his own issues and his daughter feeling deep regret after cutting off her hair, he starts to realise that he might have to save his family before he himself can be saved.

'Wish I Was Here' is a touching comedy drama from actor and director Zach Braff ('Night Life', 'Garden State') who co-wrote the script with his brother Adam J. Braff ('Night Life'). He raised funds to produce the movie through a hugely popular Kickstarter campaign which was pledged over a $1 million more than the original goal. The movie is due for UK release on September 19th 2014.

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