There’s one final hurdle to securing a two-year deal that would ensure Seasons 11 and 12 for The Big Bang Theory. Everything reportedly hinges on CBS’ negotiation with actresses Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette).
The two actresses are in the middle of negotiating their contracts with CBS. The main negotiating point is their salaries. They are currently receiving $200,000 per episode while the rest of the crew have been receiving $1 million per episode.
The Big Bang Theory is very close to getting two more seasons
If all goes well, that means The Big Bang Theory will get two more years on air. Fans are pressuring CBS to close the deal with the whole gang. But, that’s easier said than done especially with such a stellar cast as this series.
Bialik and Rauch joined the series in Season 3, but that doesn’t mean their roles are any less than the other five. Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) are all making $1 million per episode. To show their camaraderie, each of them agreed to take a $100,000 cut from their salary to accommodate Bialik’s and Rauch’s return.
That would mean the actresses would get $450,000 per episode starting next season. But just when you thought the problem has been glossed over, here comes another one. Reps for the actresses said they are pushing to get the same amount as the other cast members.
Negotiations about this particular request will reportedly be underway this week. Maybe, we’ll get more information about this by next week.
CBS remains optimistic about the deal
There is a debate among the fandom now whether Bialik and Rauch deserve as much as the original cast. It’s hard to imagine Big Bang without these two. Bialik, after all, has earned four Emmy nominations for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler, Sheldon’s girlfriend.
Bialik added emotional depth to Sheldon’s character and there is no way she will be expendable. In fact, there are plans for Season 11 to focus on their engagement (maybe).
On the other hand, Bernadette has just given birth to her’s and Howard’s first child. The child-birthing episode was one of the highest rating episodes the show had this season.
If a renewal isn’t reached, it would be hard to imagine a CBS lineup without The Big Bang Theory. Hopefully, everything falls into place and we’ll see the whole gang back for another hilarious season.
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