Production delayed on new series of The Big Bang Theory in row over star salaries
Production on the new series of megahit comedy The Big Bang Theory has been halted amid a row over the salaries of its stars.
The comedy, which chronicles the lives of four socially awkward scientists, had been due to begin filming its eighth season this week, but that has now been delayed as a number of its stars are unhappy with their contracts.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show's stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki have yet to sign new contracts to continue on the series, despite the fact that producer Warner Brothers has already commissioned three further series.
It is thought that Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, are looking for new deals that would see that fee rise to over $1 million per episode.
However, it is expected that Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki will negotiate new deals together, as will co-stars Nayyar and Helberg.
Despite the contract difficulties, it is thought that the cast will return to work on the show's at the end of the month when production begins, regardless of whether or not they have new contracts signed.