Today in mo' money mo' problems, production on the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory has halted over salary negotiations: The stars want MILLIONS.
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have not yet reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the cast officially not returning to work on season eight.
Emmy winner Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are negotiating together and seeking big salary increases. Sources told THR in September that the trio, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, are seeking up to $1 million per half-hour with a cut of the show's backend.
One million dollars per half hour. It's true that BBT is TV's number one comedy. But season 5, season 6 and season 8 each contained 24 episodes. Three stars want a million each. Any way you slice it, that is a lot of money.
Writing for The Telegraph, Alice Vincent points out that in 2002, the cast of juggernaut sitcom Friends asked for a million per episode — and got it. Are Big Bang Theory and Friends on the same level?