It’s one of the biggest shows on TV, so when news broke that negotiations between studio executives and the cast of the hit show, The Big Bang Theory, had turned somewhat sour, fans everywhere started look towards an uncertain future without Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Co.
But don’t polish off those old DVD box-sets just yet, because despite production of the new series currently behind schedule, series creator, Chuck Lorre, and Warner Bros. Television are confident they will have new contracts with the shows stars signed, sealed, and delivered in the coming days.
If the rumours circulating round Hollywood at the moment are true, contract negotiations have hit a brick wall due to main cast members Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki holding out for substantial pay-rises for the coming series. Currently the prime-time trio earn a reported $325,000 per episode for the last series, but due to the continued success of the comedy series, and the fact that it’s the most watched show on TV, the stars are looking for a bumper pay-rise – $1 million per episode to be precise.
Now to you and I that may seem like an incredible amount of money, especially when each episode only runs for an average of only 22 minutes, but in Hollywood it’s not that far fetched, considering Ashton Kutcher, the star of Chuck Lorre’s other hit show Two and a Half Men, currently earns $24 million per series ($1 million per half an hour episode).
Whether studio bosses agree to these contract demands or negotiate slightly smaller salaries, one thing is certain, with viewing figures for the last series pulling in an average of 20 million viewers per episode, these stars are guaranteed to add significant digits to their bank accounts, especially if Warner Bros. Entertainment wants to continue raking in large stacks of cash for TV’s most popular nerds.
The Big Band Theory currently airs on Channel 4 and E4 in the UK.