Here’s your feel-good Hollywood news of the day: The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” is exercising some good old-fashioned teamwork so their hit CBS show can lock down a two-season renewal.
The geek-com is currently in its 10th season; securing an 11th and 12th depends on actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch negotiating a new contract that would increase their earnings — and the original cast members have offered to take pay cuts to make that happen, Variety reports.
As Rauch and Bialik only joined in the third season, they’re playing catch-up salary wise, earning a reported $200,000 an episode compared to the show’s original fivesome — Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — who rake in closer to $1 million each.
The gang have proposed losing a cool $100,000 each per ep. so Bialik and Rauch can split the $500,000, bringing their earnings up to around $450,000 each per ep. The two actresses begin negotiations this week, and the question is whether they’ll settle for that meager increase, or demand parity with their fellow co-stars.
This all feels very after-school bake sale for the neighborhood fledgling little league team ... except it’s billionaire TV stars bravely pooling together what, for them, amounts to chump change. It also doesn’t seem appropriate that this should fall on their shoulders; why can’t CBS pony up the funds for their no. 1 primetime comedy?
And the real question is: Why is everyone hooked on this damn corny show anyway?