The Big Bang Theory Settles Contract Dispute
Are you a fan of “The Big Bang Theory”? If so, you’ll be happy to know that stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Johnny Galecki have all signed new contracts with Warner Bros. TV. In other words, there will definitely be an eighth season of the popular comedy series. The new deal is set to last for three years.
So, just how much money are these actors asking for? Well, their new paychecks have been described as “Friends money”. However, they’re not just getting a raise here. These stars are also receiving production deals, more syndication backend and bonuses added to their contract. It’s important to note, though, that both Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have yet to sign any new pact with Warner Bros. TV, while Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who weren’t even series regulars in the beginning of the series, have already signed on for the eighth season.
What do these new contract agreements mean for the series? For starters, the series will last for at least three more seasons, so if you watch this show religiously, you have at least three years of “The Big Bang Theory” episodes to look forward to. This should come as a relief to fans since there was that whole contract standoff that took place this summer. CBS boss, Nina Tassler, on the other hand, didn’t seem to have any worries that the dispute would settle at the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour. Tassler remarked to the media, “We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year.” The same goes for creator Chuck Lorre. He commented on the standoff by stating, “It will be fine. Warner Brothers has done this before. Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It’s a great cast. Great cast. It’s their time.”
Thankfully, everything is settled now. While I never watched a single episode, I know it is a super successful series with tons of adoring fans who would have been crushed if “The Big Bang Theory” ended prematurely. The eighth season is slated to premiere on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. It will even be an hour-long episode.
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