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  • AviChristiaans
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    Season 8 of TV’s No.1 scripted show (and the No.1 Comedy Series for the past 4 seasons), will premiere September 22nd with 2 back-to-back episodes.
    The first table read is slated for Wednesday, August 6.

    And in other news: (As per Deadline)

    Big Bang Theory’ Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki & Kaley Cuoco Close Big New Deals
     BY NELLIE ANDREEVA | Monday August 4, 2014 @ 8:01am PDT

    EXCLUSIVE: CBS‘ The Big Bang Theoryis a big step closer to making the new August 6 production start date for Season 8 — I’ve learned that stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have agreed to new three-year contracts. The deals for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco came after marathon negotiations between Big Bang producerWarner Bros TV and reps for the actors over the weekend, with Parsons’ pact closing first on Sunday, followed by the Galecki and Cuoco under “favored nations” terms, giving the trio financial parity.  WBTV declined comment and reps for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco could not be reached for comment, but I hear the trio are in the long-rumored Friendssalary territory, scoring paychecks of $1 million per episode for the 72 episodes the show is slated to produce in Seasons 8-10. What’s more, I hear the door has been left open to a potential 11th season.I also hear that the complex deals go well beyond per-episode fees and also include larger pieces of the show, signing bonuses, production deals and advances towards the back-end — perks associated with talent deals on shows as big as Big Bang.

    In addition to tripling their most recent salaries of $350,000 an episode, I hear Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco also quadrupled their previous ownership on the show, which has gone up from 0.25 to more than a point. I hear Parsons’ pact includes a production deal that spans TV and features and possibly theater, with Galecki and Cuoco also getting producing arrangements. Galecki produced a comedy project for WBTV last season, No Place Like Home, which went to pilot at Fox.All in, I hear Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are poised to make at least $90 million each over the lives of the deals, with some observers noting that the total could conceivably rise towards $100 million if Big Bang continues to be as strong in syndication and auxiliary markets.

    With the big payday for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco and the windfall for top profit participants, WBTV still is expected to clear $1 billion in profits, with some projecting that Big Bang could contribute to Time Warner’s bottom line twice that over its lifespan.With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco signed on and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already on board for Season 8 after renegotiating their contracts last fall, the focus is on wrapping negotiations with the last remaining original cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, before the table read planned for Wednesday. I hear the two are close and there is a possibility for them to reach new deals today though there have been some bumps in the back-and-forth. The close friends, who raised their per-episode fee to more than $100,000 an episode in the 2010 renegotitions, are again negotiating together and had been looking to close the salary gap with fellow original cast members Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco. If Helberg and Nayyar close on time for the Wednesday table read, production on Season 8 will be only one week behind schedule, a delay that the actors and WBTV are hopeful they can make up later in the season so the order remains 24 episodes and not trimmed to 23.

    Big Bang, whose eighth season is slated to kick off with an hourlong premiere on September 22, is a major piece of CBS’ fall plans. It is first being used on Monday as an 8 PM anchor and a launch pad for new drama Scorpion before the comedy returns to Thursday post-football to again lead the network’s comedy block.The blockbuster deals for Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco were brokered by attorneys from Gang, Tyre Ramer & Brown (Parsons) and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller (Galecki, Cuoco) as well as the trio’s other reps:  CAA and Principal Entertainment (Parsons), WME and Management 360 (Galecki), and SDB Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners (Cuoco).

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/big-bang-theory-stars-jim-parsons-johnny-galecki-kaley-cuoco-close-big-new-deals/

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    Macbeth
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    I know its showbusiness, and these three are big stars now – but I always roll my eyes when I see TV stars demanding such high amounts for what, 20 minutes of acting? They should actually be lucky they’re in such a highly successful TV show in the first place. But I guess money is money, and if that’s what they want, so be it. That’s why I admire people like Louis C.K. – he doesn’t go for inflated salaries and all that stuff (I remember reading a Rolling Stone article where he says he doesn’t even make $1 million A YEAR, while these guys are making what, $22 million in the same amount of time?)

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    AviChristiaans
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    The Big Bang Theory is a multi billion dollar franchise for Warner Bros TV. It plays a huge part in their bottom line at the end of the day. So even though many people don’t see how TV Actors can earn that much, many believe these stars deserve a slice of the multi million dollar profit CBS and Warner Bros is taking home each year.

    The cast of Friends got a similar deal around Season 7 (right before their Emmy win for Outstanding Comedy Series).
    Frasier and Seinfield actors also had HUGE deals up until their last seasons.

    If Louie pulled in 20 million viewers a week, he would undoubtedly be singing a different tune regarding his pay check.

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    rstang00
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    I’m in complete disagreement with Macbeth’s take. Very well deserved on everyones part. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    This is what pisses me off. Why doesn’t CBS just give them what they want? I mean seriously. They are extremely talented actors and it is the highest rated show on television. CBS would make a killing if they just give them what they wanted.

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    dude93
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    How can these actors justify getting 1 million dollars per episode?

    And also what about Simon Helberg, Mayim Bialik, and the rest of the cast. Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki all get just as much screen time as the others. Is it not an ensemble show like Friends now? 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think 1 million per episode is too much for Galecki and Cuoco. But not for Parsons. The reason people watch the show is Sheldon, where the others are just complementary. All of the cast should be equally paid, with Parsons being more equal than the others.

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    ^ I agree. And also because Parsons has three Emmys and a Golden Globe for his performance, he should be the only one to deserve this much, but still, right now it’s way more of an ensemble show than it ever was. The tone has shifted dramatically since the first three seasons, where it was this wonderfully quirky, nerdy off-beat show. Now it is basically Friends. Let’s face it. Cuoco is a pale imitation of Jennifer Aniston, and the writers just pair the characters up differently every week, seeing what new ‘nuances’ they can find. I detest what the writers are doing to Sheldon, making him ‘developed’ into this romantic hero now. I remember Lisa Kudrow once said that sitcom characters do not need arcs or developments within reason, because audiences simply want to see those characters – they want to tune in to see Sheldon, to see Phoebe Buffay, to see Phil Dunphy. Characters become iconic for a reason – Frasier Crane, Tony Soprano… they never mounted giant character-changing arcs in spite of their ‘developments.’ Sheldon is being destroyed as a character, I feel, and it’s a shame. 

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    Macbeth
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    Don’t get me wrong – like I said, money is money and they should get paid whatever they want, I just don’t know why they demand so much though. I know this isn’t a new thing, but I do think their whole attitude (not coming to work, point blank) didn’t do them any favors in the reputation field. But yeah,  now that you mention it, as a gargantuan show on a network, the stars should have their demands met. However, if a little cable show like Louie demanded that, it wouldn’t really make sense (anyone have any idea what the cast of Breaking Bad got?)

    But still, A MILLION DOLLARS an episode? I know Seinfeld and Frasier got similar deals, but TBBT is nowhere close to being as iconic as those shows, and in the 1990s when networks ruled, those shows were king. Not like now where networks, cable and the rapidly emerging internet co-exist with original content. Well done to them for standing their ground and having their demands met, but everyone has to agree that it is a little excessive, especially for Cuoco and Galecki. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    ^^as soon as Amy became a regular character, I knew his character was going downhill. There is always an impetus to advance beyond the original concept in long-lasting shows, but it just hurts its quality. Like when Niles and Daphne actually started dating, the show went straight downhill. Still good, but never quite the same. Modern Family, to its credit, hasn’t changed it’s basic formula, and manages to be consistently funny.

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    Obscene amounts of money but it makes perfect sense. “The Big Bang Theory” is a massive hit on CBS, the repeats do extremely well in syndication (TBS and local stations) and it’s also a hit in many countries around the world.

    As pointed out in the article, the show will produce huge profits for Warner Bros. Television for years to come. These actors are not saving the world, but I’ve seen many weird comments online. Should they just allow a big corporation to take all the money? They are a major reason for the show’s success and if you take out one of them, ratings would suffer. Some people don’t appreciate Johnny Galecki or the character of Leonard, but I think he’s important because he provides balance. Without him and his perspective, Sheldon wouldn’t be the same.

    These people obviously work hard but in a sense, they’ve also won the lottery.

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    BTN
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    Don’t get me wrong – like I said, money is money and they should get paid whatever they want, I just don’t know why they demand so much though. I know this isn’t a new thing, but I do think their whole attitude (not coming to work, point blank) didn’t do them any favors in the reputation field. But yeah,  now that you mention it, as a gargantuan show on a network, the stars should have their demands met. However, if a little cable show like Louie demanded that, it wouldn’t really make sense (anyone have any idea what the cast of Breaking Bad got?)

    But still, A MILLION DOLLARS an episode? I know Seinfeld and Frasier got similar deals, but TBBT is nowhere close to being as iconic as those shows, and in the 1990s when networks ruled, those shows were king. Not like now where networks, cable and the rapidly emerging internet co-exist with original content. Well done to them for standing their ground and having their demands met, but everyone has to agree that it is a little excessive, especially for Cuoco and Galecki. 

    The demanded the money because the show is raking in so much dough that even when not a Seinfeld or Friends or Frasier it’s making billions as if it were a like one of those. The lack of being an equal to those shows hasn’t dented the money making potential of a big hit comedy that in reruns is also huge.

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    seabel
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    No matter the millions, the show will be as boring as it has always been.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    No matter the millions, the show will be as awesome as it has always been.

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    well I also watch the show to see Penny.

    and I don’t care about the actor’s salary, I just can’t wait for the next season! 

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