UPDATE: ‘Big Bang’ Contract Negotiations Continue, Production Delayed Until Aug. 6

UPDATE (12:43 p.m.  8/1/14): While contract negotiations with key cast-members drag on, production on the new season of The Big Bang Theory has been pushed back to next Wednesday, Aug. 6 (the cast was initially supposed to get back to work on July 30).

According to Deadline, series producer Warner Bros. TV still expects the show to make the deadline for the season premiere on Sept. 22, but the production delay may wind up in a shortened season of 23 episodes instead of the planned 24.

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting are seeking to triple their current salaries of $350,000 per episode, while Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are negotiating together to get a substantial increase in their current salaries, said to be $100,000 per episode. Insiders say everyone involved is hoping to get deals made by the end of the weekend.

UPDATE (12:55 p.m.  7/30/14): It’s official: production on the upcoming season of hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory will be delayed while the show’s key cast-members try to hammer out lucrative new deals. Production was scheduled to begin today, but that clearly won’t be happening. Here’s the official statement from Warner Bros. TV: “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory — which was originally scheduled to begin today — has been postponed.”;

Production on the upcoming eighth season of The Big Bang Theory is set to begin on July 30, but could stalled contract negotiations with the cast of TV’s top-rated comedy throw a wrench into the CBS fall schedule?

That’s the fear, with Deadline reporting that “the two sides are still far apart and there has been little dialogue”; in the negotiations, with the cast holding out for big bucks that the network doesn’t want to pay.

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According to Deadline, stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik re-upped last year with substantial salary increases, and are the only members of the cast currently under contract.

With none of the other stars contractually obligated to show up for work, that means production would have to be delayed unless deals with all actors can be struck within the next two weeks. However, even if production is delayed until after labour day, it’s expected the show will still be able to meet the deadline for the one-hour season premiere scheduled for Sept. 22.

However, adds Deadline, “insiders do not think things would go that far.”;

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