The Big Bang Theory has finally renewed not for one season but for two more.
TBBT fans are rejoicing that the show has been renewed by CBS and Warner Bros. Television through 2019. However, the downside is that two of its stars have yet to sign their new contracts.
The Hollywood Reporter cited its sources saying Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) are still without contracts. The actresses’ contracts are set to expire at the end of the current season. The two are expected to return though once a new deal was signed.
Apparently, cast members Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), and Kaley Cuoco’s (Penny) new contracts indicate a salary cut. From $1 million per episode contract each, the trio is down to $900,000 per episode. Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) will also be earning $900,000 per episode.
It was earlier reported that all five stars agreed to a salary cut so Bialik and Rauch will have a pay increase. The two are seeking salary bump from their $175,000 per-episode fee that they negotiated three years ago. They are expected to get more than $400,000 per episode this time.
Both Bialik and Rauch joined The Big Bang Theory in season 3. Since then, they became an integral part of the show. Amy became Sheldon’s girlfriend and they are currently living together. Their relationship brought fun to the viewers. Rauch’s character, on the other hand, is Howard’s wife. Bernadette gave birth to a baby girl earlier this season.
The top-rated sitcom has been on the air since 2007. It has been the number one TV comedy series since 2010 and had won several accolades from both Emmys and Golden Globes throughout its run. Currently, season 10 is averaging 19.40 million viewers and a whopping 5.1 rating in the most sought-after adults 18-49 demographic, CNN noted.
With the TBBT renewal, creator Chuck Lorre is up for three series on CBS next season. The network has already ordered TBBT spinoff, Young Sheldon, while comedy series Mom is expected to be renewed as well for its fifth season.
The Big Bang Theory Season 10 Episode 19
The 30-minutes comedy is currently on a brief hiatus but is set to return later this month for the episode The Collaboration Fluctuation.
In the upcoming episode, Leonard, Penny, and Raj are adjusting in their new living arrangement. The couple earlier offered Sheldon’s room to financially-stricken Raj. The astrophysicist has been struggling with his finances after he declared financial independence from his parents.
Meanwhile, Sheldon takes an interest in Amy’s work. Sheldon’s girlfriend is a neuroscientist who usually performs experiments on primates.
The Big Bang Theory season 12 airs every Thursday at 8/7c in CBS.
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