Bazinga! After months of heavy negotiations, CBS has confirmed another 2 seasons (48 episodes) for The Big Bang Theory. TV’s #1 comedy is currently in its tenth season and fans can heave a sigh of relief knowing that the show has secured up till Season 12.
The long delay was revealed to be caused by renewal deal negotiations for cast members Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, and Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernadette. While Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) are making a whopping $1 million per episode, the two aforementioned females were only pulling in $200,000.
To help out with salary parity negotiations, Parsons, Cuoco, Galecki, Helberg and Nayyar each offered to cut their per-episode fee by $100,000 to give Bialik and Rauch a raise. The deals for both women have not yet been finalized, but negotiations are expected to wrap up soon with each actress receiving roughly $500,000 per episode instead.
In other news, CBS has also confirmed an order for a prequel spinoff for a younger Sheldon. Big Little Lies star Iain Armitage has been cast as Jim Parsons’ younger self and the series is expected to fill the post-Big Bang time slot on Thursdays starting next fall!