CBS Clinches Two-Season Renewal for ‘The Big Bang Theory’

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CBS has finalized its deal with Warner Bros. Television for two more seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” making the Eye’s tentpole comedy one of primetime’s long-running sitcoms, with at least 12 seasons.

The renewal has been in the works for the past few months. The big hurdle was cleared last month when the five original members of the series ensemble — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — struck new deals with the studio. The deal is envisioned as taking the show through its final two seasons, for a total of 48 more episodes.

The studio is said to still be in negotiations with “Big Bang” stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who have become core members of the cast during their seven years on the show. Bialik and Rauch have been pushing for salary parity with the original five, who are slated to earn about $900,000 per episode in the next two seasons.

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The original five actors agreed to take a $100,000 pay cut apiece from their current salaries to free up more funds in the budget to help provide raises for Bialik and Rauch, who have been paid far below their co-stars at around $175,000-$200,000 per episode.

“Big Bang” is among primetime’s highest-rated series and has been hugely successful in syndication for Warner Bros., in addition to spawning a recently ordered to series spinoff, “Young Sheldon.” But at present, given the cast salaries and production costs, the new first-run episodes will not be a huge moneymaker for the studio or CBS.

The lack of windfall profits to come from the 48 new episodes has been a hurdle in dealmaking with all of the actors. But given the extraordinary gesture by Bialik and Rauch’s co-stars, the pressure is on Warner Bros. to find a path to making the pair feel fairly valued for their contributions to the show. Bialik earned four consecutive supporting comedy actress Emmy noms for her work as Amy Farrah Fowler, girlfriend of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Rauch is a fan favorite whose marriage to Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, and birth of their first child, has been a central storyline for the past three seasons.

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  1. paula c says:

    I want Chuck Lorre and crew to do something nice for Stuart and Raj. Like Stuart get’s successful with art and Raj fids a really headstrong woman his parents approve of. It would be really funny if Stuart became a sexy artist playboy.

  2. GUSTAVO ALCALA says:

    MILLION DOLLAR WEEKLY PAYCHECKS ARE WORTHLESS TO TBBT STARS!!!!!! FED/ STATE TAXES CONSUME HALF, MANAGER,AGENTS,LAWYER,PUBLICISTS COSTS, COST OF LIVING/MORTGAGE, TRAVEL,AUTO EXPENSE, AFTER ALL EXPENSES, TBBT STARS TAKE HOME 1/3 OR 300,000.00 THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS WEEKLY, A FAR CRY FROM 1 MILLION WEEKLY DOLLARS!!!!! THE TRUE FINANCIAL WINNER IS CBS, EARNING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PROFITS IN SALES,MARKETING AND SYNICATION RIGHTS FOR TBBT!!! TBBT 10 MILLION DOLLAR WEEKLY PRODUCTION COST IS A BUSINESS LOSS WRITE OFF FOR CBS,WHICH IS A CORPORATION, NOT A NETWORK!!!! MILLION DOLLAR PAYCHECKS PLACE TBBT STARS IN MILLION DOLLAR TAX BRACKET!!!! ITS NOT HOW MUCH YOU MAKE, BUT HOW MUCH YOU TAKE, AFTER EXPENSES!!!!!

    • Karl says:

      And the rest of us that might earn $75 k After taxes, mortgages, auto expenses end up $0 per week. I do enjoy the series but I can’t feel sorry for someone that ends up with $300K a week after all expenses

  3. John Th says:

    Make it stop! No more

  4. JH says:

    The character Sheldon Cooper has made some little progress of growth, but still a jerk, one who undercuts/mines friends, who hardly/rarely thinks about others, becomes somewhat of a bully to friends if doesn’t get his way and doesn’t understand why. I kinda hope he blows it and his girlfriend and friends just leave him.

  5. Timely Comment says:

    Ugh.

    Those ‘non-traditional’ BBT actors— now with females!— must’ve gotten their financial demands to continue portraying nerd/geek stereotypes for syndication, Chuck Lorre and CBS…

    Ugh.

  6. Jeff Harner says:

    This season has been really bad, I for one wouldn’t be upset if they decided to wrap it after this year, two more years will only be worse.

  7. Paully says:

    Bialik and Rauch deserve it.. Give them a raise since it’s the last years of the show..
    Usually science types like this decamp for Silicon Valley/San Francisco/Berkeley..
    The Bay area being much more nerd friendly and when you do the math these guys would most likely do the math and start a cannabis business..

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