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Contract negotiations for CBS’s hit comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” are still ongoing, but the hit series is still without a lead cast, which has postponed the first table read for the new season.
Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are still without contracts, pushing the readings for another day.
As written in a statement released by Warner Bros. TV, “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory – which was originally scheduled to begin today – has been postponed.”
This is not the first time that something like this happened. In 2010, the main cast also let negotiations go on for an entire summer. However, they still had working contracts, so regardless of negotiations, they still had to show up on the first day of filming for the next season.
This time, their contract ended with the Season 7 finale. Now, only Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik had their contracts on track.
CBS chairman, Nina Tassler, doesn’t worry about the contract negotiations. She spoke at the TCA, and she said, “these deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year.”
According to Variety, Parsons, Cuoco, and Galecki have already topped the $1 million per episode mark, but Parsons’s team wants a bigger payroll for him than Cuoco and Galecki, while their teams are fighting to be on the same roll as Parsons.
Helberg and Nayyar, too, are not satisfied with their lower offers.
TBBT creator, Chuck Lorre, is confident that he won’t be losing his cast, saying that, “There are people at WBTV and people representing the actors who have done this before.”
“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.”
The new season is set to air on September 22, according to the Telegraph.