The Big Bang Theory has been officially renewed for 2 more seasons, taking it up to 12 seasons in total.
But co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are reportedly still without contracts. Both are expected to return once a new deal is finalised, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
There have been reports Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco’s (Penny) Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) will take a pay cut from $1m per episode to $900,000 to help boost the salaries for co-stars Bialik and Rauch, who joined the series later.
Rauch and Bialik are seeking significant raises from the $175,000 per-episode fee they negotiated three years ago but are not expected to get parity with their co-stars.
In its 10th season, Big Bang remains US broadcast’s No. 1 scripted series in total viewers, with spin-off series Young Sheldon approved for production.
The Big Bang Theory premieres in Australia on Nine, but is currently out of schedule, and is in repeats on Seven network.