Salary Negotiations Still Ongoing with 'Big Bang' Cast Just One Week Before Start of 4th Season Production Deadline.com
Salary negotiations are "still nowhere" with the main cast of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," just one week before the show is slated to begin production on its fourth season, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Producing studio Warner Bros. TV offered the show's three stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, $100,000 per episode, which is an increase from the roughly $60,000 per episode they had recently made, the article says.
But it's also far below the $250,000 per episode many had thought they would receive, given the show's ratings. The actors representatives didn't respond to the offer and negotiations halted for three weeks.
"I hear it was WBTV that reached out to the actors and there has been some back-and-forth but no new money offer is on the table. I hear complicating things is the fact that Parsons has separated himself from the others as he reportedly pursues a bigger paycheck," Andreeva writes.
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, that she's optimistic "things will work out."