The Big Bang Salary Battle Continues

big bangbattleThe urgency to the negotiations of new contracts for the five key stars of “The Big Bang Theory,” is getting more intense as speculation mounts that the season will start loosing episodes, if filming does not commence soon.

Deals apparently need to be in place by Sunday night (US time) in order for season 8 to be cut from 24 to 23 episodes.

The talks between the studio and reps for the stars – Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) – have been stepped up in the past few days. Sources close to the situation say the process has been slowed by the fact that the actors’ reps are negotiating separately and most are focused on achieving pay parity – which means that each is holding out to hear what the latest offer is for the others before committing to a three-season deal.

Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco were each recieving $325,000 per episode while Helberg gets $125,000 and Nayyar only $75,000.

With the money made from syndication and with the most expensive 30 second ad spots on US TV at $326,260 last year, hopefully it will be all done and dusted soon.

Only two members of the cast are presently under contract, co-stars Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy). The deals for Bialik and Rauch, who joined the series midway through its run and were promoted from recurring to regulars, will see their salary jump from $20,000-$30,000/episode to the $60,000 ballpark, with increases each year taking them to $100,000 per episode by the end of their new contracts, sources say.

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