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Contract dispute delays 'Big Bang' production

NEW YORK (AP) - Production on a new season of "The Big Bang Theory" is being delayed because of a contract dispute with its top actors.

The Warner Brothers Television studio, which makes television's most popular comedy, said that Wednesday's scheduled first day of work after the summer hiatus was postponed. There's no word on when "The Big Bang Theory" team will be back at work.

The CBS series is heading into its eighth season, and the studio is trying to hammer out new deals with actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

Contract disputes aren't unusual at popular, long-running TV series, and CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler seemed to take it in stride when asked about the negotiations two weeks ago.

"I just love being able to answer these questions year after year, primarily because we have successful shows," she said. "And when you have successful shows, you have renegotiations. We're feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done somehow miraculously year after year."

CBS had no additional comment on the negotiations Wednesday.

It's considered far too early for such a dispute to affect the timing of a show's season premiere. "The Big Bang Theory" opens its new season on Sept. 22. The show is moving temporarily to Mondays for the beginning of the new season with CBS airing NFL football games on Thursdays for the first half of the season.

The Big Bang Theory Season 8 Production Delay

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jcbstz July 30 2014 at 7:05 PM

The show is really funny BUT I'm tired of the reruns and lets face it. None of these people are worth what they pay them

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junior jcbstz July 30 2014 at 7:17 PM

Blame the show "Friends" for these people wanting and deserving more. And because of the $6M per episode just for the actors, here came reality tv. Much cheaper to produce.

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mrscrutty junior July 30 2014 at 8:14 PM

Actually, the cast of Seinfeld ended up getting a million an episode, towards the end. Same thing with Mad About You. Then came Friends. Any sitcom that becomes wildly popular, and makes a ton of money in syndication, can expect this to happen. It's really not that big of a deal.

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Roger July 30 2014 at 7:59 PM

Why can't anybody be happy with what they're doing anymore? The money's a perk......you 'actors' are making more in one show than us "regular" people make in a lifetime. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

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Pat July 30 2014 at 9:14 PM

Ba Zing A ...

Hope they band together like the cast of "Friends" did way back when ... They collected $1 million an episode their last few years! These guys deserve that ... if not more!!!

Good Luck Guys ...

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c2t2beau July 30 2014 at 6:34 PM

Psst,,, get off your high horses, and get back to acting.

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jayneeharpeamos July 30 2014 at 8:43 PM

I just wish the cast would take a step back and really think about what they're doing. Yes, they entertain, and entertain well. But are they helping change the world or helping humanity or saving animals? Are they
underpaid nurses or people volunteering their time to change lives in rural areas or other countries? Come on, cast, THOSE are people who actually deserve more money. Thank your lucky stars that you are in an industry that you enjoy, that you have fans who love you, and quit being so damn greedy. Seriously.

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joehennes jayneeharpeamos July 30 2014 at 8:54 PM

The money is coming in. Either the actors get it, or CBS gets it. There is no option for giving it to "more deserving folks". The question is whether the producers, directors, and stock holders who invested in the show should get it instead of the persons out there acting every day. I don't have strong feelings either way myself.

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'57mad July 30 2014 at 6:11 PM

yep,shows over ,now they think they are real actors who should make more money.i have not watched since they made the show about the one homosexual on it.

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gailneuman July 30 2014 at 9:18 PM

Good to hear the network is holding their ground against 5 brats asking for over $1 million per WEEK! They should be thankful they even have an acting job. My husband is a doctor and doesn't earn that much in 15 years!

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Pat gailneuman July 30 2014 at 9:31 PM

Jealou$ ...

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Linda Pat July 30 2014 at 9:55 PM

gailneuman, if your husband is a doctor and doesn't earn that much in 15 years, he must not be a very good doctor.

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allini gailneuman July 31 2014 at 12:11 AM

Is your husband in the # 1 rated show on tv that has made its producer over $300 million? They just want their fair share of a very big pie. I bet your husband makes more money than his entire staff.

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rude July 30 2014 at 9:28 PM

BBT peaked two years ago. While I still enjoy the show, I can't remember the last time I watched a full episode. The usual culprit is the writers. IMO, at this stage of the game, the actors should be happy they DO have a steady job and are not beinng asked tho take a pay CUT.

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john&jan July 30 2014 at 7:36 PM

Fire all of them and get new cast who wants to work. not a big deal,many needs work.

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goggleplex john&jan July 31 2014 at 10:22 AM

They're not entitled to a raise ? The show is a big success so why not give the actors more money.

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twoblueyes70 July 30 2014 at 10:03 PM

Im glad for them. They should all stick together and get more money, they deserve it.

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