Big Bang Theory Reportedly Returning for Two More Seasons
By: Joe Hyer
No bazinga's here! It looks like The Big Bang Theory will be returning for at least two more seasons.
The show's five original stars will now all have equal pay of about $1 million per episode, according to a report from Deadline. Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (who plays Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco (who plays Penny) were already believed to be earning about $1 million per episode under their last contract. While Simon Helberg (who plays Howard Wolowitz) and Kunal Nayyer (who plays Rajesh) were earning about the same, they were believed to be under a different contract. This round of negotiations should put all five stars under the same contract for the show's 11th and 12th seasons.
In fact, Deadline says that contract negotiations for the five stars have been moving very quickly. This probably comes as a relief since the show's last round of contract negotiations made headlines for taking so long that the show's production was delayed by a few weeks in 2014.
Deadline expects that contract negotiations will begin now with Melissa Rauch (who plays Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (who plays Amy).
The network and studio (CBS and Warner Brothers) have declined to comment on this round of contract negotiations, but the members of the show's cast has already publicly said they fully expected the show to return after this season.
Jim Parsons is also believed to be working on a prequel series for his character Sheldon Cooper. So there may be even Sheldon coming soon to CBS.