Four months after being renewed for an additional three seasons, stars of The Big Bang Theory Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are still without contracts. The cast have all sought hefty raises and the renewal may give them the leverage they need. A deal is expected to be in place before season 8 begins and executive producer and creator Chuck Lorre expects the cast to be on set at the end of the month when shooting begins, whether they have a contract done or not.
The wildly popular show, No. 1 comedy among total viewers and adults 18-49, was created by Lorre and Bill Prady. It premiered on September 24, 2007 and has been one of the most popular shows running for a long time. The show is primarily centered on five characters living in Pasadena: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The show contrasts the guys’ geekiness against Penny’s smarts and social skill.
Failing with the first attempt at a pilot, the producers retooled the show and came up with its current format. It worked and The Big Bang Theory has been a hit ever since its premiere, ranking 4.6/10 in the key 18-49 demographics. During its fourth season, the show became television’s highest-rated comedy, just barely beating out eight-year champ, Two and a Half Men—also created by Chuck Loore . However, in the age 18–49 demographic (the show’s target age range), it was the second highest rated comedy, behind ABC’s Modern Family.
In August of 2009, the sitcom won the best comedy series TCA award and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) won the award for individual achievement in comedy.In 2010, the show won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy, while Parsons won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
No word from Fox, the studio that produces the show, on if or when the actors contracts will get renewed.
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