Warning: This post contains minor spoilers.
One of the main characters on The Big Bang Theory is going to undergo some major changes this season, the Huffington Post is reporting. Of course, that all depends on if The Big Bang Theory comes back at all.
Penny will be giving up acting, in favor of a new career as a pharmaceutical sales rep. As the money pours in, the dynamic between her and Leonard may change. As Chuck Lorre says:
“She’s going to start making some money, which will unbalance their relationship as the power shifts.”
As for the rest of the characters, there is no news about what they’ll be up to. Big Bang Theory writers do not plan whole seasons in advance, preferring instead to take a wait-and-see approach, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Deadline reports that salary negotiations between the actors and Warner Brothers have stalled. The show’s five lead actors – Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar – are all reportedly demanding raises. Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco are reportedly asking for $1 million per episode. Helberg and Nayyar are also asking for raises, but exactly how much they want is not currently known. All five actors reportedly want a bigger cut of the show’s syndication profits. As of this post, Warner Brothers executives have not met face-to-face with the cast members’ agents, which is custom when contract negotiations take place.
However, things are far from bleak. CBS Chairman Nina Tassler is on record as saying:
“We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals always get miraculously done.”
The cast also has series creator Chuck Lorre on their side. In this Inquisitr article, Lorre says:
“Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It’s a great cast. Great cast. It’s their time.”
The stakes are high for CBS: The Big Bang Theory is the highest-rated comedy on network TV, according to TV By The Numbers. According to USA Today, CBS currently plans to air Big Bang as a Thursday-night lead-in for Scorpion, a new procedural crime drama. With the show scheduled to go into production in just over a week, a delay could cause the show to return later in the season.
The Big Bang Theory is currently scheduled for an hour-long premiere on Monday, September 22nd, before returning to its regular Thursday-night slot October 10th.
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