It always comes down to money, doesn’t it??
Warner Bros. TV and CBS are SO close to locking down a two season renewal of their longtime hit, The Big Bang Theory. So what’s standing in their way??
Apparently, the studio is struggling to finalize the contracts for two of the show’s stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. As you may know, the actresses both joined the celebrated comedy back in season three and, in result, have been paid significantly less than their costars.
In fact, the women are currently being paid around $200,000 per episode, whereas the show’s original five cast members — including Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg — are all making a whopping $1 million an episode. However, there isn’t an ill will on set, as sources claim the OG cast members have offered to take a pay cut so that Bialik and Rauch could get more money!
Awwwww. Apparently, each castmate agreed to knock off $100,000 from their own salary so $500,000 could go towards Melissa and Mayim’s paychecks. This move would bring the two industry vets up to $450,000 an episode. Whoa!
Still, despite this kind gesture, it’s said the ladies’ reps are pressing the studio to give their clients even more money. Many are wondering if the twosome are vying for the $1 million paycheck their onscreen counterparts receive. And we don’t really blame the TV actresses for trying to lock in a seven-figure paycheck as they’ve become integral parts of TBBT universe. For example, Rauch’s character has a baby with Helberg’s Howard Wolowitz, meanwhile, the Blossom alum has nabbed four Emmy nominations for her work on the show.
Regardless, the financial situation surrounding the series isn’t necessarily ensuring that the two women will walk away with what they’re looking for. Following Warner Bros. TV’s parent company’s merger with AT&T, spending is being heavily scrutinized. Although, it’s believed that the studio and network are optimistic about a deal being finalized in the near future.
Man, oh man. Hey, Mayim and Melissa, just know we’re rooting for you!
[Image via CBS.]