The Big Bang Theory stars are reportedly negotiating their contracts with the CBS network for the possible upcoming 11th season, according to Headlines & Global News. The hit CBS comedy’s cast, which includes the highest-paid television actors, are expected to ask for salary raises.
Even though Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) are the highest-paid television actors in current times, they still want more. And they can surely ask for it since The Big Bang Theory has steadily grown in its ratings over the past few years.
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News of the reported Season 11 pay negotiations has delighted Big Bang Theory fans who have held their collective breaths for any news related to Season 11, with many fearing that CBS could have canceled the show after 10 seasons.
There were reports that Big Bang Theory cast members, including Cuoco, Melissa Rauch (Bernadette), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj), have expressed their interest in being cast for Season 11, but CBS didn’t give its consent until now.
But Big Bang Theory producers are reportedly in talks to plan not only season 11 but also season 12. Such uncertainty about the CBS hit sitcom’s future can be explained by the producers’ eagerness to make every episode the best they can offer.
As of the ending of The Big Bang Theory Season 9, the viewership of the CBS show has reached 20 million viewers per episode, which makes it the most watched comedy show in the world. So naturally, the show’s cast has the right to ask for salary hikes.
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According to numerous reports, Galecki, Parsons, and Cuoco negotiated a whopping $1 million per episode of The Big Bang Theory. And while there are ongoing talks about the cast’s salaries, fans of the show hope that it won’t delay the production of season 11.
The Big Bang Theory comes back with all new episodes in season 10 on October 27.
But if the reports are false, the TV world is risking losing the two top comedy series of current times, both CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and ABC’s Modern Family, according to Deadline, because the deals for the casts of the two comedy series are up.
However, there are reports indicating that the Big Bang Theory cast is going to begin talks about their contracts before the series goes back into production later this summer. In fact, it’s expected that both the cast of the CBS and ABC shows will ask for salary raises.
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Just like The Big Bang Theory for CBS, Modern Family is the highest-rated comedy on ABC. There is one similarity between the shows: both the CBS and ABC shows come from studios not affiliated with their networks, Warner Bros. TV and 20th Century Fox TV, respectively.
But it’s up for their networks to decide to give the green light to The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family for their upcoming seasons. In fact, the two shows happen to be the only broadcast comedy shows currently on air to receive Emmy nominations in the Best Series category.
But Modern Family has won in that nomination against The Big Bang Theory five consecutive times. And while the ABC show is more successful in terms of its Emmy performance, the CBS comedy dominates in terms of its ratings, scoring more than 20 million viewers per episode during its most recent 9 seasons.
In fact, TV critics predict that The Big Bang Theory could remain the highest-rated comedy for at least three more years. But does CBS feel the same way about the show’s future, and are they willing to extend contracts for the show’s cast?
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