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.
Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, are negotiating as a group and seeking salary increases up to a potential $1 million per episode as well as a cut of the back-end profits. Helberg and Nayyar are also negotiating together and seeking big raises similar to those given to co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch,who previously secured new deals with WBTV.
CBS renewed Big Bang, which is the No. 1 show on television, for an additional three season in March, contingent upon the current cast returning. As of now, the one-hour season premiere is scheduled forMonday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c.
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