The supposed table reading for “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8, which is scheduled on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, has been postponed. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are still awaiting deals for salary increase. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
In a report from Variety, the actors reps’ and those of Warner Bros. has been negotiating on and off since January 2014. Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco-Sweeting are seeking for an increase from their $300,000 per episode rate to a million, while Helberg and Nayyar, who are receving $125,000 and $75,000 respectively, are seeking salary raises as well. Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik’s contracts have been negotiated last fall.
“Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin [Wednesday, July 30] — has been postponed,” said Warner Bros. TV in a statement published on TV Line.
Deadline reported that in 2010, there had been salary negotiations for the five cast. However, the situation at hand is different as their contracts have already ended by the end of Season 7.
According to Variety, negotiations continue to be difficult as Parsons’ camp is seeking for a bigger pay than Galecki and Cuoco-Sweeting, while these two were in fact seeking for an equal pay with Parsons.
“The Big Bang Theory” is one of CBS’ biggest assets as it has generated $2 billion in profits as per Deadline.
Meanwhile, CBS chairman Nina Tasser did not seem to be worried about the current situation as she responded to the issue in the recently held Television Critics Association summer press tour. According to Tasser, they are confident that things will work out, emphasizing that these deals are resolved, one way or another, year after year.
Chuck Lorre, creator of the show, said that he wanted the cast to be wealthy as they are all deserving.
“There are people at Warner Bros. Television 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,” said Lorre to The Hollywood Reporter.
In less than two months, “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 will start airing on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 before going back to its original time slot on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.
That’s the latest scoop on “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 production, which, unfortunately, has been postponed due to contract negotiations between the networks and the star cast. For more updates about your favorite celebrities, upcoming movies and TV shows, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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