“The Big Bang Theory,” one of the most watched and popular TV shows ever, has hit an iceberg. Although it renewed its contracts for another three seasons earlier this year, the production has been put on a halt due to the network’s dispute with the stars of the show over pay.
These young Hollywood actors, who are portraying the characters of Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Penny and Howard, have been in negotiations with the Warner Bros Television network to increase their salaries since September.
The Warner Bros Televison issued a statement saying that the production of the show which was scheduled to begin today has been postponed due to ongoing contract negotiations.
Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki are demanding an increase from $325,000 to $1 million per episode, and Helberg and Nayyar are looking for raises also, although the sum that these two are asking isn’t known. These pay checks would make the cast of the show the highest paid actors on television.
The show is supposed to end in 2017. The average number of viewers per week is 20 million and the new seasons is set to begin on September 22, which now seems highly unlikely.
Chuck Lorre, one of the creators of the show, said that he expected that the negotiations would be swift because both the people representing the actors and the people at WBTV had all done this before. He also added that he wants the cast to be “crazy wealthy” because nobody deserves it more than they do. Lorre said: “This will work itself out. I think it’s great.”
We shall find out in September either way, if not sooner.