The Big Bang Theory‘s future on CBS is not about ratings, but instead about whether the production company behind the series can sign the cast to new deals.
So far, however, it hasn’t happened. And at the moment the key cast – Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch – are without contracts for a Season 11.
Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, told The Hollywood Reporter during the recent Television Critics Association winter tour that he remained “guardedly optimistic” that the cast will be signed to new deals. However, he emphasized that while negotiations have been “tough,” they’re also normal.
Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco already made $1 million per episode, as well as syndication residuals. Negotiations have gone longer than expected in the past, once even delaying production on a new season. At the same time, while Big Bang continues to be a ratings hit, the show is aging, and CBS could consider bringing the show to a close while it’s on top.
Then again, that also could just be a contract negotiation tactic to keep everyone at the table.
If the show were to end, however, one producer told the trade publication they would need at least a couple episodes advanced notice in order to end the show on a proper note. However, such an end after the 10th and current season remains unlikely.
Big Bang is produced by Warner Bros. Television, with a spin-off involving a young Sheldon Cooper – the character played by Emmy-winning Parsons – still in development.
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