The stars of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory have yet to ink new contracts and are believed to be holding out for $1 million an episode.
CBS has already green lit three more seasons of the hit show, but negotiations with actors has hit a snag.
The current situation resembles the 2010 salary re-negotiations when the original five cast members (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar) also faced the start of production season in the midst of contract talks with production studio, Warner Bros. TV.
The flagship CBS comedy series is slated to go into production on its upcoming eighth season on July 30. With less than two weeks to go, the entire original cast of the hit comedy is still without contracts, and if talks are not resolved, production for the eighth season would be delayed.
Similar to the cast of Friends, The Big Bang Theory original stars are seeking serious bang for their buck salaries. The contract re-negotiations differ in that back in 2010, the five original stars had existing contracts and were obligated to show up for work, which they did while their teams were able to obtain significant pay hikes behind the scenes.
However, the present day negotiations paint a much different picture. Since their contracts expired at the end of last season, none of the original cast members have current deals in place.
Meanwhile, The Big Bang Theory‘s newest cast members, Melissa Rauch (True Blood) and Mayim Bialik (Blossom), who both re-negotiated their contracts in 2013 with substantial salary bumps, are the only actors currently under contracts.
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