Actors seek more buck for their Bang | Dispute halts sitcom production

Actors seek more buck for their Bang

Dispute halts sitcom production

Production has halted on The Big Bang Theory as its stars fight for bigger pay packets.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco – who play Sheldon, Leonard and Penny – failed to turn up for rehearsals for the forthcoming eighth series as they seek to increase their pay from $325,000 per episode to $1 million.

Co-stars Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg – Raj and Howard – have also failed to turn up to work as they seek rises too.

A statement from producers Warner Bros Television said: ‘Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory - which was originally scheduled to begin today - has been postponed.’

The dispute has been raging since September, with the actors’ case strengthened after broadcaster CBS recommissioned the show until 2017.

Big Bang Theory averages 20 million viewers a week and the pay hike would make the stars the highest paid on TV.

Season 8 is due to start on September 22 in the US, if the dispute can be settled in time.

Published: 31 Jul 2014

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