Production of the 8th season of The Big Bang Theory has been delayed, as contract negotiations of the main cast is still not settled.
CBS confirmed to E! News that the hit comedy has been delayed since Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar all remain without new contracts.
Warner Bros. TV, which produces The Big Bang Theory, said in a statement: “Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory—which was originally scheduled to begin today—has been postponed.”
In March, CBS renewed the hit drama for three more seasons, from season 8 to 10. CBS boss Nina Tassler said in early July at the 2014 TCA Summer Press Tour: “We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out. These deals manage to get done miraculously somehow year after year.”
A source told E! Online the three leads—Parsons, Cuoco-Sweeting and Galecki—are hoping for “Friends money” or the infamous “$1 million per episode.”
Show creator Chuck Lorre isn’t worried as well. He said earlier this month: “It will be fine. Warner Brothers has done this before. Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich. They earned it. It’s a great cast. Great cast. It’s their time.”
The Big Bang Theory is set to return on Monday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. before reclaiming its Thursday timeslot later in October.
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