Production on The Big Bang Theory's eighth season has been delayed as the show's five stars continue negotiating their contracts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first table read was scheduled forWednesday, but Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helbergand Kunal Nayyar are not returning to work on the CBS comedy until they reach a new deal with Warner Bros. Television.
"Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory— which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed," WBTV said in a statement Wednesday.
The Big Bang Theory, one of the TV shows most at home at Comic-Con, kicked off its panel on Friday with a clip from the Season 7 episode in which Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) try (and fail) to get tickets to the annual event.
Perhaps fittingly, the cast wasn't actually wasn't in attendance. Instead, the panel was only made up of the show's writers and executive producers Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, who shared some fun facts and a few details about the upcoming eighth season:
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The Big Bang Theory is set to resume production at the end of this month, but most of its cast members are currently without contracts, Deadline reports.
Leonard and Penny may have finally gotten engaged on The Big Bang Theory, but bigger developments are in store for Thursday's Season 7 finale (8/7c, CBS).
"There are a lot of moves made by different people in the finale," executive producer Steve Molaro tells TVGuide.com. "This season is more of a cliff-hanger ... and what happens affects everyone, not just one person."
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But the focus will be Sheldon (Jim Parsons), who, unsurprisingly, is struggling with ...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's episode of The Big Bang Theory. Read at your own risk.]