‘Big Bang Theory’ Emmy Nods Overshadowed By Contract Negotiations

Despite the most emotionally engaging season of The Big Bang Theory to date – one that earned star Jim Parsons yet another Emmy nod – the only thing on people’s lips when it comes to the most popular sitcom on TV is: When are they getting back to work?

Fear over production delays entering season eight of The Big Bang Theory is growing as Deadline is reporting that the entire original cast of the hit comedy is still without contracts.

“The situation resembles the 2010 salary renegotiations when Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar too faced the start of production in the midst of talks with producing studio Warner Bros. TV,” Deadline reports. “The difference is that back then, they had existing contracts and were obligated to show up for work.”

Sources for The Hollywood Reporter however are reporting that Warner Bros. Television is confident the cast will have deals before season eight starts.

Meanwhile, all this talk of production delays for The Big Bang Theory has overshadowed the impressive string of Emmy nods its cast and crew have received. Jim Parsons, who plays fan favorite Sheldon Cooper, is joined alongside co-star Mayim Bialik and guest star Bob Newhart for Emmy Awards this year. In fact, The Big Bang Theory itself is the front runner to take home Outstanding Comedy Series this year.

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For Parsons in particular, season seven was an incredible ride as his character Sheldon Cooper faced major challenges. First, his roommate Leonard, played by Johnny Galecki, announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco. This forced Leonard’s hand as he requested Sheldon move out of their apartment. On top of that, Sheldon’s university told him they were not allowing him to change his area of study and Cooper’s beloved comic book store also burned to the ground.

The result of this calamity was a chance for Parsons to show his depth as an actor. And as reported by Inquistr, Jim recently expressed his gratitude toward The Big Bang Theory for allowing him that opportunity, calling the show “a wonderful thing.”

And why not? For his turn as Sheldon Cooper, Parsons has racked up 5 Emmy nods and 3 wins. And while he once called his role as Sheldon Cooper “surpisingly easy to play” it certainly has done wonders for him and his fellow castmates.

Now all that’s left is for that Big Bang Theory cast to get back to work!