TBBT production delayed as contract negotiations continue Posted August 5, 2014

TBBT production delayed as contract negotiations continue

UPDATE, AUGUST 5: Production on The Big Bang Theory will resume Wednesday, August 6, after Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar signed new contracts. More details at Deadline.com. All the show's cast members are now signed up on new deals. The Big Bang Theory was renewed in early 2014 for another three seasons, taking it through ot its tenth season in 2016/17. 

UPDATE, AUGUST 4: Deadline.com are reporting that Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have signed new deals for The Big Bang Theory. More details at Deadline.com. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still negotiating their contracts, but production on the show is expected to resume later this week.

UPDATE, AUGUST 1: Following the single day delays announced on Wednesday and Thursday, Warner Bros. TV has today pushed back the start of production until Wednesday, August 6, a week later than originally planned, to allow more time for contract renegotiations. The taping planned for Tuesday, August 5 will not go ahead. At this point the delay is unlikely to push back the season premiere date, September 22, but reports suggest the season might be shortened to 23 episodes as a result.

ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 30: Production on the eighth season of The Big Bang Theory, which was originally set to begin today, has been pushed back as Warner Bros. continues to negotiate contracts for the main cast members. Production has reportedly been pushed back one day as talks continue with the actors. A renewed deal for the actors could come within a matter of days.

Only Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are currently under contract for the show. The contracts of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar all expired at the end of the previous season. WBTV put out a statement today saying, "Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed."

Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are reportedly seeking up to $1m per episode - what's often referred to as Friends money, referring to the high water mark set by the stars of the then #1 sitcom in the early 2000s.

With The Big Bang Theory currently the number #1 sitcom on network TV and in syndication, the three stars are expected to see a significant increase on their current salaries - reported to be $325,000 per episode. Helberg and Nayyar, whose contracts are negotiated separately, are also expected to see a sizable increase.

CBS, Warner Bros. and the show's producers were publicly downplaying concern about the ongoing negotiations recently. CBS's Nina Tassler commented on the situation two weeks ago, saying "We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year." Chuck Lorre told THR earlier this month "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."

This far, the stoppage is not expected to affect the show's season premiere, which is set for Monday, September 22. Contrary to online speculation, there does not appear to be any concern that any of the stars have walked away from negotiations.

Comments (64)

earl thornton United States, 15:07 Aug 21 2014.
I am a 63 year old retired, African American. I have been watching this show for about 6-8 month 3 days a week, I would like to know why there isn%u2019t any African Americans on the show, not even in the cafeteria where there a lot of scene around them an there%u2019s isn%u2019t any person that even look Africa. Can CBS tell me why? I really want to know before I stop watching and as my family to stop.
david United States, 15:04 Aug 17 2014.
Sheldon is not replaceable and Should make what he wants penny leonard could go howard should get a doctorate and shamy should have sex already thatd be a funny episode
Seymour Tats Canada, 07:25 Aug 11 2014.
Seriously? The ONLY good actors on the show are Sheldon, Amy, Howard and Raj!! I think it's quite sickening really that the greed has been spewing out of their pores... Penny is really not a good actor, followed by Leonard (oh that creepy little guy who plays such a wimpy part) and Bernadette's squeaky voice drives me INSANE, not to mention I can barely make out her words half the time...it's like she talks with a mouthful of marbles!!!
Carla Wager United States, 19:19 Aug 10 2014.
Hi my name is Carla, and I just want to say how much my husband and I love to watch The Big Bang Theroy TV Show every night. All of the actors are great, and all of them are so talented. We were just wondering if this year, if they are going to have more reruns or if there are going to be new episodes. We have watch a lot of reruns this year, and it would be very nice if the producers would make new ones. Please continue to make new ones, we really enjoy the show.
aleck13 Canada, 09:55 Aug 10 2014.
Recently my friends son met Johnny Galecki at a nightclub. He was rude and arrogant. Someone snapped his PIC and he got mad. Sorry johnny its the price of fame. It really put a downer on how I feel about BBT and I may not watch next season! Don't wanna be famous? Should have stayed out of show biz!!
joeDarko United Kingdom, 04:01 Aug 8 2014.
Really $1 mil per episode i would rather think its the writers who should get the money. The actors are just turning out the same stuff every episode. Its a disgrace that the should want more how much money is enough !!!!
josh  United States, 19:42 Aug 6 2014.
the big three apparently get more control over the show too so their beef wasn't all about money (source ET)
Donnie Purvis United States, 18:41 Aug 6 2014.
Would love to see a episode where Howard is given a honorary doctorate degree from MIT.
Champ United States, 05:01 Aug 6 2014.
Love the show BUT no one is worth a million per episode. I agree with you, Uncle Bob but add most athletes to those who are over paid. Think of our military who volunteer to fight for our freedom and make barely enough to support their families, much less make ends meet. God love them.
josh  United States, 21:39 Aug 5 2014.
come on leave them alone! people are so spiteful and downright hateful on these forums! they deserve what they're asking for because its likely we won't see them much after its over! if you don't have anything nice to say don't comment!

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