Thursday, July 31, 2014

Big Bang Theory Production Delayed

Apparently the people over at Warner Brothers thought that Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar would all show up for work yesterday even though none of them have a new contract. That didn't happen though and since none of them showed up for anything Big Bang related at Comic-Con, it probably shouldn't have come as a surprise. Yesterday was the first table read of the season. Jim, Johnny and Kaley are all negotiating together and want $1M per episode which is up from the $350K per episode they get right now. They also want some of that syndication money. I'm sure Ryan Sweeting would love for Kaley to get that raise too. You know, since they are already married. Simon and Kunal also want big raises but won't get anything close to $1M per episode. Blossom and Melissa Rauch previously signed new deals with big raises. Chuck Lorre said he wanted his cast to get crazy rich, but he also expected them to be at work. I wonder if he will kill them all off now and be replaced by Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher with Mila Kunis in Kaley's role. The show is not set to air until September 22, so they have some time.

63 comments:

Violet said...

Huh. This programme jumped the shark around season 4. I loved old, no emotion Sheldon.

sandybrook said...

If reality "actors" can get $500-750,000 per episode real actors should make more than that. TV you reaped what you sowed, pay up!

sandybrook said...

^5 Violet frist!

Violet said...

Takes a bow.

Renoblondee said...

They deserve it! And I don't even watch the show.

MontanaMarriott said...

That show is EVERYWHERE. I have seen it in so many different countries in so many different languages that I am sure the Producers are making a fortune. So why not give the actor's their just due?

Violet said...

$1m a show? Nobody 'deserves' that Reno. They might want it. But they don't deserve it.

sandybrook said...

Charlie Sheen made over a million for his shit CBS show and Asston makes about a million for it now. Charlie makes a lot for his new show that no one watches.

Renoblondee said...

Considering what that show pulls in I respectfully disagree Violet. Should The producers or network keep all the dough?

auntliddy said...

I never interfere or comment on how someone negoiates their pay. they know what they are doing.

AJ said...

The show is making money hand over fist with all the syndication deals & showings of it around the world.
Didn't the cast of both Seinfield & Friends do the same the last few years it was on ?

LottaColada said...

I remember when the Friends cast all got bumped up to 1 million. They were an ensemble cast. I thought this was too but I guess I'm wrong if they're negotiating separately.

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Steampunk Jazz said...

What they want is syndication money, they will come down per episode , if they get that. This upfront is about Paid Now or Paid Later. They deserve consideration, you can't find a channel that doesn't have the reruns on it.

Violet said...

And we will have to agree to disagree. That is stupid amounts of money ( not just this show - sports stars etc). None of them deserve it. It might be fair I accept that but not deserved.

Violet said...

I don't think we've EVER disagreed before Reno. :O

Freya said...

They don't get any syndication money? Really? That's insane. There are actors who don't work ever again or at least the extent they were before who live off rerun money. I'm on their side.
How much does the Modern Family cast make? I remember Ed O'Neil took a paycut so his cast could get a raise. Sofia is the highest paid TV actress.

Henriette said...

Are they the new Friendscast?

Vera Christina said...

I'm with Violet on this. No one is worth that kind of money. Also, don't get me started on sports salaries. FFS.

Henriette said...

One million sounds pretty cheap because that's what the Friends cast was making over ten years ago.

Freya said...

I bet they'll settle somewhere in the middle. Something like $500k-650k.

Jessi said...

It really kind of disgusts me the amount of money that "Entertainers" get. Especially for such a shitty show. I'm with you Violet.

Steampunk Jazz said...

Exactly, Never start low in a negotiation!

Freya said...

@sandy Who is making that much?

Henriette said...

I feel sorry for the actors from the 70s and 80s shows who never got a chunk of the syndication deals.

sandybrook said...

Freya The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills are. Eileen Davidson (a real actress at least) just signed for $750,000/episode and the one who owns restaurants makes $500,000 (Vanderpump or something like that?). Camille probably makes an awful lot too and the Richards.

sandybrook said...

I dont follow these shows to know every salary just the ones I saw within the past few days.

Renoblondee said...

You guys. "Deserves" only in the relation of how much money the show generates. There's a difference.

Ay said...

If I had a chance to up my pay I would do this too! Having said that, I haven't seen one episode of this show and don't plan on watching anytime soon.

me said...

How the F@ck can E! pay the Kartrashians 40mm. Not sure how the pigs divide it up but if they average 5mm per person season. Shameful. But they also lie about everything.

Haywood Jablomee said...

Most of these losers are replaceable. Call their bluffs, CBS. Show some stones. Not a very funny or intelligent show.

nora nader said...

Fuck this. BBT isn't ALL that. It's an entertaining show, but it isn't the be-all-end-all of all shows.

Besides how much longer can they come up w/ situations for aging "scientists" who still live as if they are in college.

GMAFB. How about you be grateful you have a fucking job that pays you $350,000 a week/per eppy.

/rant off

8====D KermitGossnellKnobjob said...

This show sucks, but a lot of people in the world like shit, therefore it's giving the producers a lot of dough. It's up to the producers to measure the earnings or losings that they'll have in case it's cancelled or they get a raise.

And the same with reality shows, movies, sports and whatever big salary things are there.

smn1985 said...

The Big Bang Theory isn't funny at all. I cannot believe or understand why people like this shit. Just give them zero dollars and cancel this turd!

Brian said...

I'm sure Chuck Lorre is writing the Malaysian Airlines episode as we speak...

ItsCourtneyD said...

Maybe it wasn't in my age range at the time but I've tried to watch it now at the age of 30 and I still don't see the big deal about 'Friends.' I can't understand it's popularity and it seemed to be a lot of repeat issues. Don't go and crucify me. Just being honest. I like BBT. Is it the best show in the whole wide world? No. But it's a lot better than the other crap I see being schlepped around.

Sherry said...

I absolutely adore the show and am apparently in the minority.

For the record, you simply do not go to work without a contract. Who of you would have a person, say we love you come work here without some expressed consent to PAY YOU? No one would.
Actors have a shelf life. Syndication isn't the same as reruns where you get residuals. It makes quite a few executives more than a million an epi so why shouldn't the actors get the same?

I know the average Joe cannot comprehend. It seems excessive and of course, it is to us. But it's also not fair to have your image beaming into millions of homes without being paid either.

It would be great to have H'wd writer or an insider weigh in here. I'm sure I'm wrong with some info on reruns vs syndication so correct me please.

shopgirl said...

Some math whiz here needs to calculate the percentage ratio from what CBS makes off it to what they pay. Then it might make sense. Either way, the entertainment biz deals in crazy money. If it didn't most "actors" would get another job.

jane3113 said...

BBT was the number one show on TV last year. I don't watch it but pay the actors. Agreed that the network heads and producers shouldn't be billionaires while the people who made the show a hit (writers too) have to negotiate for syndication money.

Athletes too. If an owner like Sterling can sell an NBA team for a BILLION dollars, the athletes should be paid handsomely for creating the product.

Greengrl said...

I too do not see the big deal with Friends. I watched a few episodes during its original run & even some now but I just don't like it. I think BBT is an entertaining show. There are other shows I think are better but I can see why so many people like this show.

Renoblondee said...

Ya'll are giving me the sads re: Friends. I cannot watch one episode even now and NOT giggle. That show is and was hilarious!

Count Jerkula said...

Million bucks an episode? Penny better get that ass in fine shape to hold onto the viewers.

Seven of Eleven said...

Sherry, you're not alone. I actually enjoy it, but I'm kind of a geek. Some of the storylines have me eyerolling, but overall, it's light hearted fun and not as stupid as 2.5 guys - I was able to make it through 1.5 episodes of that and considered giving myself a medal.

I LOVE Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz). He's a classically trained actor who has found his niche (Moist in Dr Horrible was brilliant!) and is making the most of it.

Sincerely,Your Friend said...

Ya, just like Vogue sold more copies than ever.

Violet said...

I agree on this Reno.

ItsCourtneyD said...

I guess at the height of it's popularity it was over my head. In 2004 when it ended I was all over the place at the time in life lol I have a friend who adores it and tried to get me to love it, too. I was a huge HIMYM fan and he said sometimes it reminded him of FRIENDS.

D Brown said...

Supposedly they already have a share of the syndication but it is a small percent (I think 5%). Obviously they want more. However you should remember that many of these shows have negative cash flow during the production. Their existing salaries are more than a million an episode, plus lesser cast, plus guest stars , plus one to two hundred production staff, plus writers etc. The network never pays to cover these costs and international sales help greatly (but often tie up the money over the life of multi-year contracts) So the producers rely on the back end for profit. I'm not taking a position on whether they deserve more or how much, simply pointing out the producers position in trading off current deficit versus back end syndication.

Wen said...

No syndication money? Really? They need new agents!

Sis said...

First I love the show but hot damn, how about being grateful about where you are and what you are doing for that kind of money, pared down to an hourly wage it must be in the 10's of thousands and hour. While I agree they should get a raise and they do get syndication money put it in perspective people, everyone is replaceable!

Pogue Mahone said...

I love the show but those salaries are ridiculous, even 350 000$ per episode! I mean, that's more than most people make in a YEAR! They should be grateful and not so greedy, asking for MORE!

Emily May said...

I really like it too, I wouldn't be distraught if I missed an episode but will always watch if I'm home and it's on.
I have no problem with them wanting a cut of the money, it is an obscene amount but it's the figure plus some others are making out of the show

Emily May said...

Agreed. Still so funny. Moved a few months ago and made myself laugh shouting pivet, pivet, pivet

delete account said...

Bunch of spoiled brats. They should all get fired and then have to try working at Walmart or McDonalds for a living. Or even better, live on a fixed income like a lot of seniors and disabled people. No sympathy from me for these brats.
Btw, I tried to watch this show last season when one of my faves, Bob Newhart, was on there. The whole show seemed to me to be silly at best, and not a good kind of silly either. I don't even remember much of it. But I know every line of the turkey episode of the Bob Newhart show (the 70s one w Suzanne Pleshette.) if you don't remember much about it afterwards, you're either high or it was a yawn.

Krissie said...

Nobody on Earth deserves this kind of money. And if someone did, it certainly wouldn't be an actor.

Greed greed greed greed.

Count Jerkula said...

I don't know why anyone would begrudge them from making as much as they can. Same as people bitter at the amount athletes make. The owners/producers should make all the money?

Shinobi Jedi said...

I think one million per episode is fair considering you're losing world wide privacy for life.

auntliddy said...

Its no longer shicking , but i find myself agreeing with the count once again. Believe me, the moneys there, they can well afford it.

auntliddy said...

Shocking. Im getting newer, streamlined fingers soon!!

redronnie said...

I run a foodbank and it does seems obscene, but I remember kindness blind revels with actors donating or providing services to families or individuals in desperate need. A few years ago after BBT actors received a salary increase Johnny Galecki providing $200.00 walmart gift cards and transportation to people in a shelter.
Will Arnett and Amy Poehler donated on a yearly basis a large sum of money to the United Way of Winnipeg - Will Arnett's great-grandfather was one of the founders of the charitable organization. unfortunately no one famous comes from this small part of the world or I'd be dropping them a line reminding them to drop a tin in the bin and all donations over $20.00 are eligible for a tax receipt.

Henriette said...

They better be careful or Chuck Lorre will replace them. Full House was a top 20 show with well over a 100 episodes, and ABC canned it due to cost. They never got a send off last episode.

Seinfield was really crafty in the way it was handled with all its actors getting a nice amount from the syndication deal.

Steven Laham said...

She's getting $750k for the SEASON. Not per episode. Just clarifying.

Count Jerkula said...

Be careful, Liddy. First you become comfortable agreeing with me, next thing you know yer writing COUNT in eyeliner on a buttcheek then sending me the selfie ;P

Shockwave said...

Anyone ever think Charlie "Enty's personal whipping boy" Sheen might've been right about Lorre all along and he was just playing lip service to saying "I want them to all be crazy rich"?

I mean, I'll say publicly that I want a coworker to get a bonus for helping come up with a way to make something work but if it's coming out of the bonus I get for figuring out a way to make Blitzwing look like Doubledealer with just a few different paint apps and a hinge, I'll privately fight it.