CBS’ entertainment president Glenn Geller said that talks are on with The Big Bang Theory cast members over the renewal of their contracts. According to him, it is still under the negotiation phase with three main actors of the TV’s biggest comedy series.
In one of the highest-profile renewals, CBS will need to enter into a new deal for The Big Bang Theory. The deal will be with the Warner Bros TV. The Big Bang Theory season 10 is currently nearing its end.
The Big Bang Theory Cast is Negotiating for a Contract Renewal
On Monday, Geller revealed that he is optimistic that a fruitful deal will emerge out of the negotiations. He made the revelations at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“We are in negotiations, but it is definitely business as usual,” Geller told Variety. “We are guardedly optimistic that we will make a deal.”
Currently, talks regarding contract renewal are underway with three lead actors namely Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki. According to Geller, however, no timeline has been set for the completion of the negotiations yet.
When asked whether it is possible to continue the show without any of the three actors, he said that the goal is to bring all of them back to the series.
The three cast members last renewed their contracts in 2014 and secured a pay of $1 million per episode for three seasons consisting of 24 episodes each. Until today, the series has remained the most popular sitcom. The Big Bang Theory season 10 premiere gained a number of 21.5 million viewers.
The Big Bang Theory Cast Seeking a Raise
The Hollywood Reporter noted that the cast members are demanding a raise from the last contract they reached two years ago. The $1 million per episode deal, reportedly, brought Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco up to the Friends level.
The series, reportedly, made more than $1 billion since its debut in off-network syndication in 2011. This allowed the stars to demand such high raises in their salaries. Showrunner Steven Molaro said on several occasions that the producers are still eyeing the current season and do not take it as the final one either.
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