Big Bang Theory Production Officially Postponed, as Actors Await New Deals

Big Bang Theory Season 8 Delayed

As reasonably anticipated yet still worth reporting, production on Season 8 of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory has been officially postponed, as the five leads wait to hammer out new contracts.

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“Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin [Wednesday, July 30] — has been postponed,” reads a statement from Warner Bros. TV, which produces TV’s most watched, highest rated comedy.

Production has been pushed back one day for now, with the situation to be reassessed on a day-to-day basis.

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Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting reportedly are aiming to increase their per-episode salary from north of $300,000 (plus a quarter-of-a-point on the back end) to possibly a cool million, while Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (currently fetching $125 and $75K per episode, respectively) also are seeking sizable raises.

Later-season additions Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are on different contract cycles, and thus do have deals for the coming season.

Back in March, CBS renewed Big Bang for three more seasons — through May 2017 — contingent on the cast’s contracts staying current.

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Earlier this month at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said that she is “very confident” new deals will be struck in time to deliver the hour-long Sept. 22 premiere, which means negotiations theoretically could extend as late as Labor Day weekend.

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139 Comments
  1. Mary says:

    Grant you I don’t care for the show, but really I think these actors are greedy. Most people in today’s economy would be grateful for the 175,000 a week salary. NO actor is worth $300,000 an episode. Cancel the show and see how much they make some where else.

    • Simon Jester says:

      I don’t watch BBT, but I *do* know that between the massive ratings, syndication deals, and overseas sales, the network is making money hand over fist from it. As such, I think it’s only right that the creative people producing it (actors and writers) get a substantial piece of the money pie.

      • TV Gord says:

        Exactly! We don’t live in a world where everyone gets paid the same, so I don’t get that argument that people shouldn’t share in the profits that they themselves are generating.

        • Mary says:

          I never said they shouldn’t share in the profit but a 50% pay increase is ludicrous in my eyes. Lets think about this The President doesn’t even make that a week and his job is a lot more stressful than any of these actors. IMO I just think Actors are overpaid and really although it is nice to be entertained in the grand scheme of things do they really contribute that much to society.

          • TV Gord says:

            The President also doesn’t earn millions of dollars for his boss. The cast of this show does. Why shouldn’t they get their share of those millions?

          • ewwww! says:

            Nobody is saying that actors are more important than any other career but any employee deserves raises when the produce.

          • Temperance says:

            The money the President makes is a joke in the real world, and there is no equivalence (the President was already rich, the President is set for life in so many ways after he is out of office, etc.) The money the cast is asking after multiple years of work and huge profits is a *tiny* fraction of the profit the show is and will make. Tiny. A whole lot of do-nothings make VASTLY more every single episode, and they’ll make nearly all of the residuals. For nothing.

          • Temperance says:

            Oh, and I’d start complaining about sports stars, actor, TV producers, politicians, and bankers – all people that make VAST amounts of money and essential do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to deserve it.

          • TV Gord says:

            “…do they really contribute that much to society.”

            How many of us get paid by how much we contribute to society? All that matters is that the revenues for this show have skyrocketed since their last contract (adding in syndication, merchandising, etc.), so they are definitely contributing that much into the pockets of their bosses.

      • Brandy says:

        I wouldn’t be suprised if the writers got half to a third of what the leads make now.Yes, the show makes lots of money but in this economy with people loosing jobs,loosings homes, people living in poverty ,1million is riduculous.98% of us won’t see that much in a lifetime ,many won’t/don’t see 300,00 a week either in a lifetime.We need to stop treating actors and athlestes like gods and paying them like gods too.My hubby and I live on 45,000 a year.Theres professions more deserving of 1million a week salary-firefighter,police,EMTs,vetrans( like my disabled hubby) -people who actually do something important.Yes it’s nice to be entertained by the show but there are more important things.Also, now these three leads are putting other peoples jobs on the line because they can’t just be grateful for what they got and are delaying production,Any of us in the 98-99% went in to work one day and asked for for a 1 million a week salary ,we’d be laughed in our face,fired & cated off to the looney bin for asking for so much.Yes ,the cast /cast chemistry is great but what about the shows writers/directors/prop people/-the show couldn’t go on without them either.1million dollars for 30 minutes for half of the year is insane.They risk making the show too exspensive and Futhermore, Jim,Johnny,Kaley already make far more than Kunal,Simon,Melissa,Mayim even without a raise.Not to mention, Jim,Johnny,Kaley,Simon,Kunal will already be raking in some syndication profits for years to come too.

        • Brandy says:

          Also, there’s a reason the Friends cast & Charlie Sheen got paid 1million at the end of thier run-it was too exspensive.These three leads need to realize they’re not the only ones being paid on the show and there’s others exspenses-sets,wardrobe,props,cateering,writers,sound/lighting techs ect- and it adds up.When the ratings go down( which they inevitably will), will people still say Jim,Johnny,Kaley should be paid 1million a episodes?I doubt it,

        • TV Gord says:

          Sure, firefighters, police, EMTs and vets DESERVE more than they got, but that’s not the world we live in. Sure, if you or I asked our bosses for a million dollars, we’d be laughed out of the office…but are we helping the company bring in millions of dollars? Probably not. The cast of The Big Bang Theory is.

          They aren’t putting anyone’s jobs on the line. A deal will be worked out. I’m sure no one on that set is worried about the show ending. It’s all part of the negotiating tactics (which go on all the time in the TV Industry).

          The cast is flying high now, but will they always? Probably not. Look at one of the greatest TV shows of all time, M*A*S*H. How many of those cast members can find work in TV today? Loretta Swit never had another hit, nor did Jamie Farr, William Chistopher of most of the others. They (like sports figures) have to strike while the iron is hot, because their fame is fairly short-lived, while you or I could probably work in our chosen fields for decades.

          Comparing TV actors with any other average career is like comparing apples and bowling balls.

          • Brandy says:

            They are putting people’s jobs at risk-the behind the scenes people who aren’t getting paid until production starts.Plus, what if a dead isn’t made& thre three walk?The show could be cancelled.I bet thers there’s plenty of up & coming actors that would gladly take 300,00 a episodes and be grateful for it plus being on a hit show.The fame maybe short lived but they can and still will work after BBT.

          • Brandy says:

            They can still work as actors for decades-Lisa Kudrow did Web Threapy & The comeback,Courtney Coxdid Dirt & Cougar Town,Matt Leblanc did Joey & Episodes after Friends p,us Jennifer is still in movies.William Shatner did Shoot my Dad says & Boston Legal and more after StarTrek.True, they may not be as popular as back when but they’ve remained in thier chosen field past the peak of sucsess so can & will BBT cast.

          • Brandy says:

            Bot to mention, the more exspensive the show becomes, the more CBS charges for ad rates ,the more CBS charges cable companies for retransmission fees -which then cable companies charges thier customers more and the box sets ect get more exspensive

          • TV Gord says:

            No Brandy, their jobs won’t be put at risk. First of all, no one is saying anyone will be fired and the show will be cancelled. They’re negotiating. They will reach a deal. They didn’t start shooting this week, but they will still make the same number of episodes this season, so the behind the scenes people will be paid the same amount, no matter what.

            Even if something happens and the show gets cancelled, these behind the scenes crews will just move on to the next series. They’ve worked on several shows before this one and will work on others after this show ends. In a way, the crews have more job security than do the actors.

            As for all of the shows that you mentioned, none of them have come anywhere closer to being as successful as friends. Most of them struggled (or are still struggling) to stay alive. In the meantime, they are still living off of the money that they made from Friends. That’s why they can still afford to do their struggling vanity projects, such as Web Therapy or Episodes.

          • Temperance says:

            I’m really not sure what Brandy is blathering about. People that have and will continue to make do-nothings behind the scenes millions (if not low billions) in the future deserve it, while the actors and writers (you know, the essential ones) don’t deserve a tiny bit of that? Bizarre.

          • TV Gord says:

            Temperance, I am certainly not saying the people who work behind the scenes are “do nothings”. Not at all. As television becomes more and more competitive, crews are pared down as much as possible, and I believe that every member of the cast and crew do their part to make their show the success that it is.

          • KevyB says:

            Brandy, you apparently know nothing of television. As the ratings go up, the prices for ads go up. What the cast gets paid has absolutely NOTHING to do with that. The simple fact is, unlike cops or firemen, these people have become irreplaceable. Being irreplaceable means you get to share in the profits. Furthermore, the longer these people stay with this show, the bigger chance they have of being typecast and never being in anything ever again. If this show ruins their chances of being cast in the future, then they should certainly make enough from it to live on for the rest of their lives. That’s how this works. Treating actors like you’re Rush Limbaugh on an Oxy spree isn’t going to win many arguments.

          • SonicQueen says:

            [Sure, firefighters, police, EMTs and vets DESERVE more than they got, but that’s not the world we live in. Sure, if you or I asked our bosses for a million dollars, we’d be laughed out of the office…but are we helping the company bring in millions of dollars? Probably not. The cast of The Big Bang Theory is.]

            It should be the world we live in, classism and injustice need to be tackled.
            Change happen by making it happen

          • sammy says:

            @ Brandy, if what u said is true. then you or any people that u know should not have a raise of any kind cause the money will end up taken from other people.

        • Jennifer says:

          I agree there are other professions that deserve better pay but expecting actors to take a pay cut is not the solution. If talent isn’t paid this money, it’s not going into the hands of the people you mention- it stays in the pockets of the studio execs.

        • You know that WE pay for firefighters and EMTs etc through taxes. If you think they deserve more, I do hope you don’t feel our taxes are too high…

          • Temperance says:

            We have very low taxes compared to the rest of the world, and very very low taxes compared to the countries that weathered the economic collapse very well, and show world leading productivity with nicer countries and much better benefits for tax payers. It’s not taxes that are a problem, it’s the staggering greed of the top 1% that is siphoning nearly all of the capital out of the economy (and treasury) for NO REASON AT ALL.

        • Yevette says:

          I just simply agree. Pay ER doctors, police people, fire people, Air Marshals, etc. these kind of salaries. They actually save and protect lives.

          • TV Gord says:

            That would be great, but where would the money to pay them come from? Are you prepared to see your taxes skyrocket?

      • rawley says:

        Precisely

      • Moment says:

        WB makes more money off TBBT than CBS. It’s WBs responsibility to deal with this.

      • wgsecretary says:

        This is exactly what I was going to say. While it is ludicrous that people make this much money, it’s not like they’re taking it from poor people. The Big Bang Theory is raking in tons of cash. I think it is only fair that those who bring it to life get their fair share of the profits. The show is worth more than it was at their last contract negotiation. Shouldn’t they get a raise since they are a large part of the reason for the increased popularity and increased profits? Consider a similar situation. Let’s say an author writes a little book and gets a publishing deal for 50% of profits. A few years later, it’s hugely popular and the publisher has put out a merchandise line. Now the work is worth far more money than it originally was. Would anyone complain about the author being greedy for wanting a piece of the merchandise that came from her creation? I doubt it. I know if someone starting make a lot of money from work that I was a part of and I didn’t see any of it in a raise, I’d be trying to get more money too. We all would. While It’s not fair that some of us are teachers and will not see the kind of money they make in a year in our entire lifetimes, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. The fact is, they are helping generate billions of dollars. They should get a fair percentage of that money they helped to bring in.

        • Temperance says:

          In the real world, these folks DON’T make a lot of money. A very tiny number of people make a lot of money by making a product that people happily and voluntarily buy, and they only get a TINY slice of the profit pie (even at the number they want). Look at your average CEO instead – they really do absolutely nothing for their truly massive salaries, and they usually are extracting the lives and efforts of their employees to gain it.

    • Kameron says:

      The show as a whole makes A LOT of money because of syndication rights, so I think that the show can afford it tbh.

    • R says:

      I’d milk as much money as I can if I were in their shoes

    • Jerry says:

      The only way in the economy in which the actors will be deem undeserving of the money is if people don’t watch The Big Bang Theory. But more and more people watch TBBT season to season, so the original pay which would have been adequate for a new show that is bringing in a 3.0 rating, is now inadequate for a show bringing in a 5.0 rating. On advertisements during original episodes alone, The Big Bang Theory earns more than $300,000 in a 30 second advertisement. So that cast member’s salary for a week can be earned in 30 seconds.

    • Adam says:

      Such a stupid statement. Who cares what the economy is or what the average person makes. They are free to demand what they believe they are owed.

    • Tran says:

      They won’t canceled TBBT until May 2017 if CBS makes a decision in the near future.

    • ArchieLeach says:

      You have to look at things from their perspective a little. Take Raj, he’s never going to be a leading actor. he’s going after bit roles as the best friend, indies that don’t pay much, and if he’s really lucky another sitcom. There is a good chance this is the only time in his career he’s going to make real money. Same for the rest of the cast, especially Penny, sadly actress’ in Hollywood have an expiration date.

    • rawley says:

      Actually, no, if you have any indication of the economics of television they’re merely asking for their share of the exorbitant amount of money that CBS is making off of this show. Think back to over 10 years ago when ALL the Friends negotiated for $1 million an episode. These three deserve that based solely on the huge ratings the show gets. It’s common sense, honestly. Additionally, if you don’t care for the show, why does this even matter to you? Why comment? Oh, and yes, I’m SURE CBS will just cancel their highest rated show because a troll who hates it suggests it on a random comment thread. Good one.

      • Mary says:

        Troll really, because I had an opinion different then yours. My comment would of been the same if it was my favorite show. IMO, which I am entitled, I think actors are overpaid.
        In the grand scheme of things it won’t affect my life one way or the other.

        • ewwww! says:

          Troll because you are frustrating and refuse to see logic.

        • Temperance says:

          I’d suggest making some sense then, because your POV is based on some very strange misconceptions.

        • Dan says:

          Nobody is a troll for seeing things differently and exposing them under their own logic and assumptions. A troll is something completely other. What you people have is the same problem that is hindering their negotiations: there’s a relative POV and there’s an absolute POV, and right now they are fighting for dominance. If we think relatively, people like Temperance are right, because the main actors should have a part of the huge profit the network makes using a team of workers. Everybody in that team should get a raise. If we take it from an absolute stance, I completely agree with Mary: it doesn’t make any sense to pay actors — freaking actors! — 1 million dollars per episode, simply because it doesn’t, period. While at that, people who studied for years and work hard daily never see a million their whole lives. Both views imply different forms of justice. I hope you can appreciate that.

          • It’s not just that, though. I’m all for talking about the class/wealth divide and how Wall Street is probably one of the worst things to happen to the world, but this isn’t that. This is the most integral parts of a multi-million dollar machine wanting a fair share. If you generate millions, you deserve at least 1% of that. It would be nice if altruistic professions were more profitable, but that is another (irrelevant) issue entirely.

          • Temperance says:

            But in the absolute stance, the argument could be made that Jim, for example, contributes to society more than say, the combined Republicans of the House of Representatives (who active avoid doing anything). She would then also top virtually everyone involved with BBT that makes more than her. In any instance, they deserve the raise.

    • ewwww! says:

      The network would lose hundreds of millions of dollars more if they just canceled the show out of spite. It’s standard for actors to renegotiate contracts during their cycle.

      These actors deserve raises based on their ratings. It’s not like any of the leads are expendable. The show’s based on chemistry.

      • Moment says:

        Ludicrous, I suggest looking at the ad rates for this series. CBS does not make hundreds of millions off airing this series.

        • ewwww! says:

          They have the potential to with. Their lucrative syndication deals, advertising, DVD sales, merchendising etc etc.

          Stop pretending that you care about the economy. It’s common knowledge that the worse the economy gets, the more profits the entertainment industry gets. Look it up.

          You are in no position to tell people how to run their business or how much their services should be worth. So, chill.

          • Moment says:

            Maybe you haven’t noticed but Warner Bros is the studio who makes the money from DVD sales etc. Also, my first and only point aimed at you is correct, CBS does not make hundreds of millions from the TV airings, take my original advice, look up the adrates, better yet, look up who gets what from this series.

    • Temperance says:

      The only greedy people involved are the do-nothing suits behind the scenes that make vastly more, and will make the vast majority of the cash from future revenue. The writers and the actors more than deserve the amount they are requesting considering that in total, it’s a very small amount of the total profit pie. (And no, the argument that the bakers deserve it for the risk is a dead-brained argument, so don’t even try it. No writers, no actors, no profit at all.)

    • Gland1 says:

      That’s such a simplistic way of thinking. Why are they going to cancel a profitable show? To teach actors a lesson? Makes no sense. This is a business. Why shouldn’t they ask for more money? By the way, is the network allowed to keep the money it makes from the show in today’s economy?

    • The Squatch says:

      Debating whether or not the “three leads” make too much or not enough… or whatever… is all well and good. But I think the biggest travesty is that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar make so much less than them. To be honest, I always looked at the show as all 5 of them being equal since the beginning. I mean, it seems like they all get pretty much equal screen time and just as many story lines revolve around the Raj and Howard characters as they do the other tree. I really just don’t get the huge gap between salaries. I mean, to be so far behind the three is bad enough, but then Kunal Nayyar especially gets screwed again by not even being equal with Simon Helberg. I honestly just don’t get it. I always saw the show’s original cast as being like the Friends cast with all get equal story time over the course of the season and so should be making at least close to the same. The discrepancy here is just ridiculous.

    • SonicQueen says:

      Agree with you there Mary, these actors are being very greedy, selfish and senseless. They are not worth that much money for pretending to be “science geeks” on TV. While real “science geeks”, real people who make a difference in the world get peanuts. This is ridiculous, these people are spoiled. There need to be a cap.

    • rockgolf says:

      I don’t think a guy who throws a ball to somebody swinging at it with a stick is worth $5 mill a year, but that how the free market operates.
      In the meantime, I’d be happy with a couple of Bernadette/Amy bottle episodes.

  2. Lizo says:

    Well I support them, it’s a cash cow for CBS, the people who actually bring in the viewers should get a nice chunk of that pie. I’d like for the writers and production people to also be getting raises.

  3. sarah j says:

    I think asking for a million is a lot. They should start at $500, 000.
    On another note: Kunal makes that much less than Simon!?!??!

    • ProfessorPreis says:

      If they are asking for a million, it’s probably as a negotiating tactic – ask for a million, CBS negotiates it down to 750K or something like that.

    • Little Scarf Girl says:

      That was my reaction too! I could see Simon making more because Howard seems a little more prominent of a character than Raj, but at that difference, Kunal makes 40% less than Simon does. o_O

      • Dan says:

        In defense of that, the “Raj” character likely has had 40% less lines prior to season 7 due to his inability to talk in front of women.

  4. Tam says:

    You clearly don’t know much about how an economy works then. Pay differentials exist and they exist for several reasons.

  5. Tran says:

    Hope TBBT will do just fine on Mondays at 8 p.m. beginning September 22nd before the hit sitcom heads back to Thursdays at 8 p.m. starting October 30th once Thursday Night Football is done at CBS.

  6. Carina says:

    You all know that CBS has nothing to do with this, right? Their negotiations are with Warner Bros., who produces the show. CBS just airs it.

  7. CBWBDK1 says:

    They should fire all those money hungry idiots and cancel the show!!

    • Brigitte says:

      You understand that there are a lot of people that are involved with a show, not just the actors. So because the actors are negotiating a larger salary, it makes sense to you that all of the crew should be put out of all of their jobs?

    • Tom McC says:

      Thank God they don’t listen to trolling idiots!

    • Temperance says:

      Sounds like baseless jealousy to me. They make a fantastic product people love to buy. Should we ‘cancel’ the vastly more ridiculous class of CEOs, bankers, sports stars, and, in general, the wealthy because they do very little to justify your POV on salary?

  8. hello says:

    Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar deserve more, the other three do not especially Kaley Cuoco

    • Fido says:

      Maybe the writers should give us an ep without the big 3 in it, just to see the reaction of the viewers and the big 3.

    • Tom McC says:

      They main reason I watch is Kaley Cuoco. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

    • Meredith says:

      I totally agree on Kaley Cuoco! Since Mayim and Melissa’s characters have been more prominently featured she has had less to do. And in the scenes she does have she can barely deliver he lines with a straight face, it always looks like she’s about to burst out laughing.

  9. Moment says:

    If they can’t resolve this soon, it will play havoc on the CBS schedule, especially as certain shows are inflated by Big Bang Theorys numbers lol.

  10. Jennifer says:

    People have to keep in mind also that actors have teams working for them. They are sharing in the salary and likely advising how much to ask for.

  11. ChicagoDan says:

    Brilliant PR move. Great way to create buzz and anticipation on an older series that is riding high. TBBT will launch on that Monday as planned.

  12. Jer says:

    If Warner Bros says they will fire them, then they will agree on $$ pretty quickly! Greedy jerks!!

    • Tom McC says:

      Greedy Warner Bros. has better sense than to fire them. Three more seasons of the show with the cast intact means literally *BILLIONS* more for the studio/corporation. That should be easy to understand.

      • Temperance says:

        Exactly, Tom. The actors at this stage in the game deserve a tiny bit more of the giant profit pie here.

    • ProfessorPreis says:

      If WB fires them, the show will be cancelled, everyone else working on it will be fired. I don’t think that’s what you want.

      • Moment says:

        That or WB could go about replacing people who get too greedy. There’s plenty of quality actors/actresses who would work for their current salaries.

        • ewwww! says:

          People don’t watch the show to see some no name actor play “Sheldon Cooper”. Jim Parson’s won Emmy’s for a reason. But sure, let’s replace him because…… Um, the economy or something!

          • Moment says:

            What on earth are you talking about? Where did I say ‘no name’ and where did I say getting someone else to play an existing character?

            Again, there are plenty of quality people out there who could be introduced into the series, as NEW characters. That’s my point.

  13. Boiler says:

    Its to the point now, who cares let them go. If CBS is making tons of money maybe it could be used to develop some GOOD shows instead of reality crap or improve on some they have. These 3 actors likely fell into this show. It could have been others

  14. Kristina says:

    What exactly does it mean when they’re asking for a “quarter-of-a-point on the back end?”

  15. Brandy says:

    Some of you don’t understand that every day the behind the scenes people don’t work, they don’t get paid-maybe even the cast too.Thats why writers & directors often work on more than shows/shows have different writers & directors for a lot of episodes.These three are putting jobs/livelihoods at risk and look unprofessional for not starting work on time( production was to start today).

    • TV Gord says:

      I already explained this to you, and starting a new thread doesn’t make your inaccurate assessment of the situation any truer. No one’s jobs are being put at risk. They will still be paid whenever their shooting schedule resumes in a week or maybe two. Your hysteria over this is misplaced.

      • Brandy says:

        Listen you don’t know a deal will will be struck.WB could say no to the demand of 1million and Kaley,Jim,Johnny quit cause they didn’t get what they wanted.Also, look back at history if tv shows:people have been fired for asking for too high a salary or behind the feeds.The behind the scenes people only get when they work, won’t get back pay for the delay ,and may not not be back at work/getting paid for days,weeks or even a month or more-they can’t live live without getting paid and they get paid much less than the actors.You don’t know how long this will gon on either, it could be a couple days ,a couple weeks or longer.Meanwhile those people have to find temporary jobs to pay bills.You Remeber the CBS /Time Warner battle last summer? it last a month or more.Its said that the season premire can still done on time if this over by Labor Day.If the three walk, cause they don’t get 1 million a episodes, jobs are at risk.

        • TV Gord says:

          I know as much as you do about all of your doomsday predictions of people not being able to make ends meet because their pay is being delayed a little. They also didn’t get paid when the industry was hit by a strike a few years ago. Nobody tried to lay a guilt trip on the writers for fighting for their share. Why are actors being judged by a different set of rules?

          The fact is that I do know this will be worked out soon. I’ve seen this sort of negotiating happen every season for decades. A deal is always worked out. Carroll O’Connor and Sally Struthers both reached the same kind of impasses in their negotiations during All In The Family, so they wrote those characters out for a few episodes and the show went on. If things get so bad, they could do the same thing here. It wouldn’t be the end of the world. I’d love to see an episode or two that focused solely on Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy. It’s no big deal, if it happens, but I doubt that it would come to that.

          I’m going to try this one more time, because you don’t seem to be getting it: nobody is being threatened with losing their jobs. Nobody is saying the show is in danger of being cancelled. This is a NEGOTIATION. This is what happens in negotiations. Before long, everything will be settled and this angst you’ve whipped yourself into will be a distant memory. And again, the same number of episodes will be produced this season, so the crew will be paid the same. They just might not (although they might) be paid on the date that they expected to be paid. If they can’t go a payday or two without ending up at a soup kitchen, that’s more about their own money management, and a separate issue.

          • Bobklause says:

            Actually the writers did get a HUGE amount of backlash from the strike, and they didn’t even come out of that deal winning.

            The postponement of the show means regular crew members are not working, which means they are not being paid. 1 or 2 weeks might not be a huge deal, but 3 or 4? They have families to support.

        • ewwww! says:

          Of course a deal will be struck, it’s one of the highest grossing show on air. Also, people have extra time to play with because of football season.

    • Moment says:

      Writers often get paid per completed script, regardless.

    • Temperance says:

      No, the actors are doing nothing but asking for a tiny fraction of their DUE. Warner Brothers, who are going to make BILLIONS for doing NOTHING on the work of the actors and writers, are to blame (of anyone). The ‘cons really have your head twisted around…

  16. Come on guys, don’t do this to your fans. When you consider y’all make more in a week than average citizens make in a year, why do you really need that much more money ? I do, however, feel you should get at least a 10% increase. My husband works for a Fortune 500 company for over 20 years and he’s thrilled to get a 2-5% increase. The writers should get an increase too. And management, how many shows have ever gotten a 3 YEAR renewal ? You get paid a LOT by advertisers and every one should get the benefit of the profits.

    • Tom McC says:

      People do this everyday in the real world. If you know you are worth more than you are being paid, you ask for a raise and if you don’t get it, you walk. People move from one better paying job to another many times in their careers these days. Why shouldn’t these actors do the same thing? They are almost certainly more important to this show and CBS/Warner Bros than most CEOs are to their corporations – yet none of you are screaming that the head of BP or Shell are overpaid.

      • Boiler says:

        I would yell if it was Shell or BP TV related

      • Mary says:

        I would if the article was about CEO but it is not. No problem with someone moving on to a better position but that is not what these actors are doing. They are holding up production till they get their demands meant.

        • TV Gord says:

          That’s a biased way of looking at it. It could be that the producers are holding up production until they save as much money from this deal as they can.

        • Temperance says:

          And they should. You have your head twisted around by goofy rich person propaganda. The billionaires are so thrilled that you seem to think it’s sane to blame the worker for the stunning greed of the wealthy.

          • Mary says:

            That is where you are so wrong. I have been on both management and employee side. It is obvious you only see from workers viewpoint always thinking management is out to screw the workers. I don’t know the bottom line of CBS, yes this show might make them a profit but other shows might be a big loser and maybe it balances out. My original point was ACTORS are over paid. To make a million dollars doing a tv show is outrageous no matter what. It has nothing to do with propaganda it is call common sense.

          • Temperance says:

            Actually, I’m exactly, precisely 100% correct from all sides, doll. Again, you’re bufuddled by all that FOX propaganda. Try and economics class or eight and then come talk to me.

  17. Tvaddict says:

    LOL. i see nothing but people who don’t watch the show talking about the economy.. pis* off this article!
    i really hope everything works out with TBBT. for a high rated comedy they do deserve the raise just like Friends had back then!

  18. Mel says:

    Wow, I love this show and the cast, but sad they feel the need for such greed.

  19. MA says:

    There’s absolutely no reason that WB/CBS should be making all the money off of this show. It would be great if the writers got paid $1 million per episode (though I’m sure those writers do fine), but the bottom line is, someone is taking home that cash. Might as well be the face of the show. They’ll be paid what the market will bare, and that particular market can bare a lot.

  20. TL says:

    For the people complaining and thinking they are greedy. You have NO CLUE about television. They need to be getting the goods while the goods are good to get! And instead of saying it’s too much money, shouldn’t we ALL strive to get the best salary possible. Ohhhh man, now I’m starting to sound like a Republican. Damn it!

    • Temperance says:

      well, really, you mostly make the point that too many people seem to have drunk the Kool-Aid and parrot the bizarre idea that the WEALTHY involved the ones making the vast majority of the profit for doing essentially nothing, are the aggrieved part of this equation. It’s absurd. No talent, no show. Pay the actors and writers.

  21. Danny says:

    I get both sides of the argument, it is absurd that people make this much money per episode but you also have to remember they don’t take home that much money, they pay like half in taxes, portions to their agent, portions to all the other people who do things for them and of course to live in their mansions. I don’t think it’s fair, its hilarious that actors and sports stars make more than the President but this is the world we have created. We have made Gods out of celebrities and these are the consequences.

  22. Nina says:

    And the writers…? What about them? Actors would be nothing without the writers!

    • Temperance says:

      The actors and the writers are most definitely the essential part of this equation, and should be paid a great deal more.

  23. Liz says:

    Yes, more money in people’s pockets who are in dire need of more expensive cars, clothes and whatnot.

  24. J.Norman says:

    While no one is really worth $500K or more for playing make believe, the fact is the world is not a fair place.
    CBS is trying to look like they are not pushovers. With that said, they are going to cave so they might as well do it now and not lose the face later. CBS make a fortune on the show.
    Just cut the macho CBS and work out a deal.
    Remember, CBS, the actors on Big Bang Theory still make much less that the Two and 1/2 Men cast and far less than the Friends cast did 15 years ago.

  25. Television says:

    It is getting ridiculous how much actors want to be paid. They have a really easy and fun job, they are already rich, they are just actors… they dont need to be paid that much money for what they do. It isn’t a hard or dangerous job, they aren’t over worked. Stop being greedy actors.

    • Temperance says:

      Actually, it’s not ridiculous. They get paid a tiny part of the profit they generate. It’s ridiculous what the wealthy of this country make, the CEOs, the bankers, the whole tier of people in this nation that don’t do anything of value, yet still manage to make more than 99 cents on every dollar. They are the problem, not a tiny handful of actors that make a product most people happily buy.

    • TL says:

      It’s not dangerous??? Really? You must be a stalking teacher now, eh?

  26. Jared says:

    Give these actors whatever they ask for plus the kitchen sink. There would be no show if it wasnt for the casts chemistry. WBTV..CBS..TBS etc are ALL benefiting from its popularity so why shouldn’t the actors? Its been the #1 comedy for years now. This coming from someone who doesnt even like TBBT.

    • Moment says:

      If they straight up gave the cast what they want, what’s stopping them from asking for 2 million years down the line? Example there. TBBT is the highest rated network show pretty much on TV. It will be around for a long time with these numbers, if the cast get too greedy and the cost of making the show gets too high, it’ll just end up canceled long before its time.

      • TV Gord says:

        They may not be worth two million dollars, but their reps are arguing that they are worthy of one million. The show is not only number one in network TV, it is tops in syndication, too. They sell DVDs, t-shirts, bobble-heads, all sorts of merchandise using the cast’s images.

        People seem to be assuming this is some big adversarial battle. It’s not. It’s a negotiation. There’s probably no ill will on either side. They are just working out a fair compromise that both sides can accept. Then, they will all go back to work and everything will be just as happy and friendly as it was before.

        The only reason this is making some people apoplectic is because it’s being reported. Plenty of our favorite shows go through this same situation, it doesn’t get reported, and life goes on. I think everyone should just chill and remember who the real enemies of television are (the Kardashians, Real Housewives and Honey Boo Boos of the world). ;-)

        • Mary says:

          I will agree 100% with your last statement, sad part about it people actually watch it. I can proudly say never have never will.

          • Temperance says:

            Which is another indicator that you’re utterly befuddled, or just uninformed enough not to be able to follow.

          • Mary says:

            @Temperance I guess you didn’t comprehend my statement, then again you’re probably one of the mindless people that actually watch these shows. Befuddle no, just have higher standards on what I waste my time watching on TV.

  27. The only one deserving of 1mil would be Sheldon/Jim. But ensembles are important and like the union actors belong to they need to support each other in solidarity. Especially the actors who will be less likely to translate their BBT success into work when the show is over (and I don’t mean Kaley or Jim or Mayim here). Clearly they don’t NEED what they make per episode, but they are the reason the show banks. The same jokes written for different actors might not resonate in the same way.

  28. GenaB says:

    Les Moonves, CEO of CBS Corp earned $63 mil in salary last year based in part on the success of shows like TBBT and it’s ability to pull in ad revenue, syndications, etc.

    The actors deserve their fair share, too. Not sure what the WBTV folks make, but I’m sure SR Bill Prady and creator Chuck Lorre are profiting handsomely as well. This is what free market economics is all about.

    As for the nonsense someone was spouting about the actors putting people out of work because of their greed, I’m wondering if you keep eating at a restaurant where the food is lousy just to help the waitstaff and cooks keep their jobs?

  29. anie says:

    the show is not as funny as it use to be so cancel and see if they are happy with no pay. how greedy can they get! excuse me if I am missing something here.

  30. anie says:

    show is not so entertaining and too predictable now. it will eventually die a death as ratings will fall . Not worth a million salary!

    • elenagreece says:

      I agree, TBBT is just a shadow of what it used to be. It’s just a soap opera now, and the characters have become complete stereotypes. If the ratings will fall (and they will, eventually), CBS will regret these salaries.

  31. Angus says:

    Cancel it. Like 2 and half men it’s past it’s due date. No longer funny, just teadious.

  32. TJ says:

    The greed of these punks sicken me. They’re currently making 7 mil a year which is more than most people make in a lifetime and they want 23 mil. How much do they need?

  33. The only one worth a million is Jim Parsons. Johnny and Kaley could leave the show and it wouldn’t have any effect on my viewing enjoyment. I’d rather them pony up for Jim, then give “Raj”, “Howard” “Bernadette” and “Amy” a raise.

  34. frustratedwithbadtvshows says:

    CBS stick a crow bar in your wallet and give the actors a raise. They’ve earned it!

  35. KC says:

    NO ONE is worth that much per episode. Come on. What a greedy bunch!

  36. Larry says:

    Doesn’t it make more sense to be mad at CBS who makes a ton more money than the actors

  37. Carolee says:

    Does this mean they get that much money per week per show? Well if it is that much per episode per show they are to big for their bridges therefore the show should not be renewed.

  38. Jim J. Terrell says:

    I fear if The Big Bang Theory ends for any reason, then we may as well be stuck with animated floating timeline shows like South Park and The Simpsons, and it proves how evil the animated shows are (always having the longer original runs, overtaking every live action show as the years pass, unattractive voice-only actors, etc.). The Big Bang Theory is a great alternative to any animated show, and I would hate to see it all be thrown away for any reason.

  39. Bittersweet says:

    I think they could find an arrangement somewhere in between. Or they could just cancel the show, it’s not funny anymore. So, whatever they decide, I honestly don’t care.

    • Bittersweet says:

      Well, to be fair, the only one who deserves a million is Jim Parsons. The show could survive without any other cast member, except him.

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