Big Bang Renewal Update: CBS Boss 'Confident' Cast Will Re-Sign

Will CBS show Sheldon, Leonard, Penny & Co. the money?

Looming contract negotiations with the Big Bang Theory cast was one of the hot topics at CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday. With TV’s No. 1 comedy only picked up through this coming season, the show’s’s 10th, the stage is set for high-stakes negotiations between CBS and Warner Bros. on a potential 11th season. The first hurdle, of course, will be getting the principal cast to extend their own deals beyond Season 10. (The central trio — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco — are currently pocketing a cool $1 million an episode.)

“We are very confident that everyone involved wants more Big Bang past Year 10,” CBS president Glenn Geller told reporters. “I know Warner Bros will make those deals… We’ll put it on for as long as everyone wants Big Bang on the air. I hope it lasts forever.”

Last March, members of the Big Bang ensemble also expressed optimism that the contract talks would yield a positive outcome. “I think it’s a given that we want to be here,” said Cuoco. “That’s the overall consensus. It might be a sticky road, but if I have anything to do with it, we’d be here for much longer. That’s the goal.”

Parsons echoed his co-star’s sentiment, telling TVLine, “If the opportunity to go past Season 10 came up, I’d be very hard-pressed to tell you who [among the cast] might say no — if anybody would. I wouldn’t.”

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41 Comments
  1. Lauren says:

    Do they really need that much more money though? What can they ask for after they’re already getting $1 million per episode? C’mon guys, just sign up if you want to be there.

    • David4 says:

      Frankly they should be paid 10 million an episode. The show will make make millions and millions for CBS and who knows how much for WB in syndication.

  2. mario says:

    I think they will all be back. I don’t believe the big three Kaley, Johnny and Jim will ask for more salary but they may ask for a larger portion of the syndication fees. This comedy has worldwide appeal and just keeps on rolling along. Does anyone know if renewal will be for more than one year? Perhaps two or three. Three more years would give them over 300 episodes and be the longest running sitcom in tv history

    • Classic number says:

      NOT SO FAST……

      My Three Sons has 380 episodes
      The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet had 434 episodes

      Love Big Bang and want it to continue for years to come, but it has a LONG way to become the longest running sitcom

  3. It’s time to take this puppy and place it with a kindly family on a farm in the country. What once was a fresh and often funny show has become stale and repetitive. For a show that deals with cosmic issues, its universe has been contracting for the past several years.

    • datdudemurphy says:

      It does incredibly well in syndication, and continues to dominate in the ratings both in the US and internationally.

      While you could make an argument that it’s better to go out on top…it’s still one of the most popular and highest rated shows on network television right now.

      CBS would be foolish to end this show.

      • Daya says:

        Some say that the show didn’t get really popular *until* syndication.

        Me, I don’t know why you would send your cash cow to the slaughterhouse if it’s still mooing, but that’s up to them.

  4. Rob says:

    Some people seem so greedy at times. Your already getting paid an absurd amount of money per episode. But, HEY! if I was on TV… it really is all about the money and if you can negotiate something in your favor… why not!

    • jj says:

      Nowhere does it say they are holding out for a higher salary.

    • wgsecretary says:

      Where are you getting the idea that they are being greedy? The current contract is ending. The article states that everyone wants to come back. They need a contract to come back to work, so it’s time to negotiate a deal. Who’s to say that they will want more money? Maybe they will want a bigger cut of the fees earned through syndication. Maybe it will be pretty much the same. Or, yes, maybe they will want more. So what?

      Do you think they should make less money? The fact is that show is raking in big bucks. The cast, who are the main reason the show is so successful, should get a large chunk of that money that is being made. Yes, it’s a lot of money. But, they are earning it. It’s not like they’re getting 1 million an episode and then everyone else makes minimum wage. If the network/studio couldn’t afford to pay them that much, they wouldn’t agree to it.

      So, let’s examine a somewhat similar scenario. Let’s say you invented some brand new product and it was selling reasonably well. You sell the product to a bigger company who can get it to sell even better, but you still want compensation for your work. In your first contract, you want $100,000 a year. But, then, that product completely explodes in popularity. Millions are pouring in a year. It’s time to renegotiate your contract. Would you still be happy with $100,000 a year? Or would you want a larger portion of the profits for the product that you created?

      Now, yes, I know the actors didn’t create the show. But, I assume you see the point. Yes, they are getting a lot of money. But, they are the largest reason that so much money is coming in. Why wouldn’t they want to have their income grow in relation to the amount of profit being made?

    • John NYC says:

      What they do is make a crazy amount of money for everyone else involved, the network, production company, the advertisers. So they get a share. Seems fair to me.

    • Mike says:

      Ya charlie sheen was getting what 2 m a episode if u can get them to pay that power to you but holding out for more money screening over ur r other cast members would be messed up if they did

  5. Michelle says:

    How does this show get renewed year after year? And why is the network catering to their ridiculous salary demands?

    • BBT!!!!! says:

      Because it is very popular and makes lots of money for the producers, network, and cast…….DUH

      • jj says:

        haha great answer. Whether someone likes the show or not, it’s obvious why the show gets renewed. It’s a huge money maker for the network. It’s incredible that anyone needs to ask the question.

    • Kriston Troy Brannan says:

      The cast of friends, with their single season contract of 1 millions per episode, are STILL making 20 million dollars per year, EACH, from syndication fees. If the cast is making that kind of bank 12 years after the show ended, imagine what the other players are raking in. This show will continue to be a huge money maker for everyone LONG after it inevitably ends. On top of that, it is still CBS highest rated show, by a pretty wide margin if I’m not mistaken, and they also use it to sell a ton of commercials. Check out the average time for any recent episode of BBT. You’ll find that its around 3 minutes or so shorter than the average running time of other sitcoms. That’s basically an entire extra commercial block worth of time that they’re able to sell to advertisers.

    • John NYC says:

      Tens of millions of people watch it every week?

  6. Shar says:

    Johnny & Kaley should take the money and not get too pushy. They seem to be the only ones who don’t have hiatus employment.

  7. Steve says:

    It’s interesting that some people focus on what the actors are paid as though they don’t deserve the money. I wouldn’t cry for Warner Bros or CBS if the actors DO get another raise (or two) over the next few years. The show is a BIG moneymaker for WB on all platforms, and it’s likely an easy sell for CBS. I’d bet Chuck Lorre and others on the production team are also paid very well. Again – it’s earned.

    • Kriston Troy Brannan says:

      I think the only reason it becomes a focus is because the inevitable rise in actor pay required to keep a long time series going is pretty infamous for being given as a reason for a show’s cancellation. Obviously, that’s probably one of many reasons, but its a pretty prominent one used by studios/broadcasters. I think that makes fans nervous anytime contract talks come up, because they don’t want to see favorite show canceled over pay disputes when salaries are already so incredibly high.

  8. Luis says:

    The cast has all said they’d do the show forever if they could. The network isn’t giving up this cash cow any time soon. I’d expect or 2 or 3 year renewal. I seriously doubt anyone is going to get crazy about money.

  9. MoMo says:

    As long as you keep Penny, Amy, Sheldon and Lenoard, I don’t care about the others, these 4 make the show!!!

  10. Tom-VA49 says:

    The show has nothing new to offer if the premise is going to remain the same. Let it go before it dies of neglect.

  11. Piers says:

    My wish list would include:
    Zach being Sheldon’s new roommate.
    Emily remaining as Raj’s girl.
    Howard’s brother returning.
    Amy getting hit by a bus or unable to resist a chance to head up a project abroad for the remainder of the series.

    • Bob Jones says:

      “Amy getting hit by a bus or unable to resist a chance to head up a project abroad for the remainder of the series” – Savage!!!

      I’m assuming you do not particularly care for Blossom :(

      • Piers says:

        Nothing against Mayim, I just despise the Amy character. It makes no sense that after years spent around Penny and Bernadette, she still looks like she smells musty and is as plain as a mud fence. She had a bikini wax, but not a new hairstyle? It doesn’t compute.

        • John NYC says:

          She’s an accomplished biomedical researcher comfortable in her own skin. It happens.

        • Jermey says:

          That’s why you hate her character? because she doesn’t look like a model?

          • Piers says:

            No, because she supposedly wants to be thought appealing and makes remarks about her “beckoning pelvis” yet there has been no effort to improve her appearance. It isn’t just that she’s almost deliberately unattractive, it’s that the writers dropped the ball with the character. It’s inconsistent that a person who was so FOMO all of her life would not even try to fit in. She’s socially awkward not stupid. It doesn’t make sense to study behavior in animals but not be at all introspective.

  12. John NYC says:

    Love to get even more seasons, many more seasons, in my rotation of reruns. Happily watching one as I write. :)

  13. abz says:

    I just find it a little sad how big the discrepancy in salaries are between Parsons/Galecki/Cuocki and the rest of the cast. I can understand the argument for Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik making a bit less because they came on later into the show, but Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have been there since day one as main characters and were a significant part behind the comedy and the success of the show. I mean they’re not even making close to the salaries of those three. If it were me, it would just feel pretty unfair seeing that huge gap in salary. At least the Friends cast negotiated together and got the same pay, didn’t they?

    • Tom says:

      I find it really unfair how much less Bialik and Rauch make too. As much as I don’t think this show is as good as it used to be anymore, it certainly would have never stayed on the air for this long without the two of them. Sheldon and Amy alone have been carrying entire seasons recently when the other material has been pretty bad and Bialik is the only other cast member to be constantly nominated for awards. Not saying they should all be making 1 million per episode, but what they’re paying the rest of the cast is shameful.

      • Piers says:

        I place less value on Rauch than you do, but feel that Simon Helberg is very underrated and underpaid. I’m glad to see he’s getting some work in films.

  14. peterwdawson says:

    Pretty sure unless someone either on the show or in real life attached to the show kills someone they’re set for life. While general reception for the show in terms of quality has gone down the audience share has remained quite stable, and with syndication and such they can still probably milk it for, what, 4 seasons after the 10th?

  15. Bark Star says:

    Have mercy. What you have been doing for the last 4+ years is a terrible case of necrophilia. Let this show die.

  16. Lucille Sheedy says:

    Greed is a terrible thing. They make more money than they can spend in a life time. Why not negotiate increased money for a charity of their choice.

    • Lyn says:

      Clearly you don’t realize what it costs to maintain a career and a lifestyle in California. The agent gets 10% right off the top. Then there’s federal and state taxes that’s another 45%. Then you have publicists, makeup and hair stylists, property taxes and home maintenance [pool guy, gardener, cleaners], trainer, charities, pet groomer, driver, dermatologist, dentist, insurance, security, lawyers and financial advisors etc.. it ain’t cheap.

  17. Damian says:

    The only ones that should be getting a raise are Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) as they are getting only a small fraction (~$100k per episode or 10% of what the big three are getting). Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) are getting about ($750k per episode or 75% of the top 3). The top stars (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco) are making over $1 million per episode and really shouldn’t try to push for more money.