“The Big Bang Theory” appears to be continuing after Season 10 as reports state that CBS is close to renewing the series for two more seasons.
The network is already negotiating a deal with the show’s five main stars: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar. This does not come as a surprise since a number of cast members have expressed their desire to return for another season or so.
A deal, which involves a two-year contract and pay raises, is apparently close to being made. Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco already earn $1 million per episode each, and their salaries would remain the same for the two-season renewal. However, Helberg and Nayyar – who are currently earning less than the other three – are now also projected to earn $1 million per episode for the next two seasons. As for the other cast members, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, the media outlet reports that they are also looking at substantial pay raises as part of the deal.
Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS Corporation, revealed on Wednesday during an earnings call that talks were coming to a close. “The Big Bang Theory” is projected to have a production cost of $10 million per episode, but the network is poised to cover the majority of this.
Parsons spoke to the “Today Show” last week and said he would be “shocked” if the show ends up getting canceled.
Currently, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 11 is stirring a lot of hot air between CBS and Warner Bros. who want to renew the popular series. Both the network and the producers had worried that as the casts’ contracts expired, they may not choose to return to the new season.
The plot involves two physicists Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) both busy at Caltech. As they live and work with other geeky colleagues, they set off some hilarious scenes that have made it the most popular show on TV.
It is no secret that CBS has wanted to renew “The Big Bang Theory” for a while now, and it looks like negotiating contracts was the only thing getting in their way. CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller has been known to be vocal about his wish to continue the series for as long as fans would have them. And with this latest development, fans are undoubtedly happy that they will see the gang for another two seasons.
During a CBS company fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed to reporters that they’re “very, very close” to a two-season renewal of “The Big Bang Theory.”
“We have established hits including the number one drama ‘NCIS,’ and the number one comedy ‘The Big Bang Theory’ – which, by the way, we are very, very close to renewing for two more years,” Moonves told investors. He didn’t elaborate on the contract negotiations during the hour-long call.
“We are very confident that everyone involved wants more ‘Big Bang past’ year 10, and I know Warner Bros. will make those deals.”
Back in 2014, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons reportedly negotiated contracts for $1 million per episode and the other stars reportedly also got sizeable raises during that same time period. But now reports are that all five series regular stars, including Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayaar, may be getting $1 million per episode paychecks.
The last time CBS renewed “The Big Bang Theory” it picked up three seasons at once. The series has garnered more than $1 billion for Warner Brother Television in syndication. A renewal is rumored is to include a full 24 episodes per season.
The possible two-season renewal comes at a time when CBS and Warner Brothers TV are developing a prequel “Sheldon” about Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons’) childhood. Galecki also recently signed on for the CBS pilot for a new comedy titled “Living Biblically.”