Since it’s been a while since there was any update when it comes to “The Big Bang Theory” contract negotiations, doesn’t not feel like the best time possible to address it? The show remains the #1 comedy out there, but at the same time, live+same day ratings are falling … and it seems as though the cast wants more money in order to continue.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter while at the TCA Winter Press Tour today, CBS’ programming head Glenn Geller made it clear that there was nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the process to get the likes of Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Golden Globe nominee Simon Helberg, and others to sign back on to the show:
“[Contract talks] are continuing; it is tough but kind of normal negotiations … We are guardedly optimistic about it. It’s normal negotiations.”
Given that the five main cast members at this point (Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Galecki, Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar) all make roughly around $1 million an episode, it’s easy to blast them here in saying that they really do not need a further salary to do the show given that it’s already got one of the friendlier schedules on TV. However, at the same time we’re not sitting here with all of the numbers in front of us for how much money the show actually makes. It is a monster in syndication, it does still get very good live+same day ratings, it has steady viewership through online platforms, and there’s also a ton of merchandise out there for it. It also airs all over the world and there is more money that comes from that. The cast does deserve a big piece of the overall pie given that they are one of the reasons the show works.
The one thing that we will say here is that we hope that in addition to the cast getting a raise in the event they return, the crew also gets even more money for all of their hard work. Fingers crossed.
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