Big Bang Theory: Filming delayed by contract disputes over actors' pay
Some of the sitcom's stars are reportedly seeking up to $1m an episode
Fans eagerly anticipating the new season of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory could be waiting a while - because production on the latest season is being delayed due to a contract dispute with its top actors.
The Warner Brothers Television Studio, which makes the popular comedy about physics geeks and their girlfriends, said that the scheduled first day of work following the summer break had been postponed.
The studio is attempting to confirm new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, and there is no indication of when The Big Bang Team will return to work for CBS' eighth season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco currently earn $325,000 (£192,300) an episode but are looking for up $1 million (£592,000) per show. Such a figure would make them among the highest paid actors on US television.
The cast accept an award at the 2013 People's Choice Awards When asked about the negotiations two weeks ago, CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said: “I just love being able to answer these questions year after year, primarily because we have successful shows.
“And when you have successful shows, you have renegotiations. We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year.”
The Big Bang Theory is TV’s highest rated comedy since Friends, which ended a decade ago in 2004.
The stars of the 10-season show about six friends living in New York were paid $1 million an episode as the series came to a close.
CBS had no additional comment on The Big Bang negotiations.
Fans need not worry as it is considered far too early for such a dispute to affect the timing of the show's season premiere on 22 September.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 London council removes 'unacceptable' Stamford Hill posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan in new celebrity hacking attack weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'