'Big Bang Theory' cast still in talks for new contracts, production hopes to start next week

By Daniel S Levine,

The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are likely going to get their money, but it is taking longer than anyone hoped. The cast is still talking to Warner Bros. TV about getting new contracts and the target is to get production on season eight started next week.

The first table read for the new season was supposed to start on Wednesday, but WBTV confirmed that it wasn’t going to happen. In addition to the big three, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who have been on the show since day one as well, are also without deals.

On Thursday, talks continued and it looks like the table read won’t happen today either.

Now, Deadline is reporting that the target date for production is Wednesday. At this point, since they are so early into the production schedule, there is no talk among the studio and CBS to delay the Sept. 22 season premiere date. However, the site notes that there is some talk that the season might be 23 episodes instead of 24.

Back in 2010, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco negotiated to have equal pay, amounting to $350,000 per episode. They are reportedly hoping to get a raise to $1 million per episode, plus back-end profits. Nayyar and Helberg are on their own level, currently earning $100,000 per show.

At the moment, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are the only cast members with a contract.

Considering that Big Bang is the most-watched sitcom on TV soon, CBS is probably getting anxious for WBTV and the cast to get this done.

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