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'Big Bang Theory' contract talks stall production

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 2126 GMT (0526 HKT)
Season 7 of the very popular comedy "The Big Bang Theory" had its finale on May 15. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco play Leonard and Penny, who just got engaged on the series. Here is a primer on the show's characters: Season 7 of the very popular comedy "The Big Bang Theory" had its finale on May 15. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco play Leonard and Penny, who just got engaged on the series. Here is a primer on the show's characters:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Contract negotiations have postponed production on "The Big Bang Theory"
  • WBTV didn't specify how long the delay would last
  • CBS has "The Big Bang Theory" scheduled to return on September 22

(CNN) -- Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.

Warner Bros. Television, which shares a parent company with CNN, has confirmed that because of "ongoing contract negotiations," production on "The Big Bang Theory's" eighth season has been postponed. It was originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

In March, CBS renewed "The Big Bang Theory," which has been viewers' No. 1 comedy since the 2010-2011 season, for three more years. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on the production holdup, stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have yet to reach a new contract deal with WBTV.

THR has heard that Cuoco, Galecki and Parsons are seeking a sizable pay increase that would take them from $325,000 per episode to up to $1 million per episode, in addition to having a piece of backend profits.

Helberg and Nayyar are also said to be negotiating for a pay raise, while stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch reportedly landed a pay hike last September.

It isn't known how long the production delay will last, but CBS has already scheduled the comedy to return on September 22.

CNN's Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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