The latest The Big Bang Theory news reveal the five lead star’s efforts to renew the series for two more seasons. The original TBBT cast members decide to cut back $100,000 of their salary per episode for cast members Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s benefit.
The Big Bang Theory’s renewal has been the talk of the town since Season 10 started airing last year. Many speculate that the show’s 10th season is the series’ last because of the salary negotiations within the cast.
The Big Bang Theory Original Lead Takes Pay Cut
However, Mail Online reports that there seems to be a glimmer of hope for Seasons 11 and 12 to materialize. The outlet notes that The Big Bang Theory lead stars Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg agreed to take a small pay cut for their million dollar salary.
The source further noted that the five original lead stars agreed to get a $100,00 per episode pay cut so that it can be distributed to fellow cast members Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
Variety reports that contract negotiations for the two supporting leads are happening this week. Bialik and Rauch each earn $200,000 per episode. If the actresses accept the deal, their salaries will increase to $450,000 per episode.
Showrunner Hopeful That Seasons 11 And 12 Will Happen
Though the negotiations will be welcomed by their avid viewers, the outlet notes that Seasons 11 and 12 will not generate any further revenue for Warner Bros. This is because of the cable and broadcast syndication deals for long-running shows. However, The Big Bang Theory series has already generated over $1 billion in syndication for Warner Bros.
The initial report noted that prior to the supposed pay cut, lead stars Nayyar and Cuoco were singing the same tune at the MCM Comic Con in London. Both actors agreed that Season 10 might be the show’s last. However, a few months later, showrunner Steve Malero told TV Line the show is pushing forward.
“I’ll keep pushing forward and, as we learn more, we’ll adjust if necessary. If everything keeps going the way it’s been going, absolutely [I’m up for more],” said Malero. Last January, The Big Bang Theory gang won their eighth People’s Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy.
With all these new information about the series, fans can remain hopeful that Seasons 11 and 12 will materialize soon. For now, viewers can look forward to the remaining five episodes of The Big Bang Theory Season 10 on CBS. Do you want the TV series to have two more seasons?