Big Bang Theory fans won’t have to wait long to find out where Sheldon ended up after disappearing on a train in last season’s finale. CBS has just revealed that he’ll be somewhere very hot when the long-running comedy returns this fall.
Sheldon had a hard time adjusting to so much change in the finale, which included Penny and Leonard announcing their engagement, Sheldon being unable to change his field of study at work, and the comic book store burning down. The uber-geek decided to hop on a train so he could clear his mind. Where did he end up going?
On the season premiere, Leonard and Amy will have to take an unexpected road trip to Arizona to pick up Sheldon. By the second episode of the one-hour premiere, he’s already back in Pasadena and is forced to teach a class, which Howard actually enrolls in.
As for the rest of the gang, it sounds like Penny being hired at Bernadette’s company as a pharmaceutical rep will cause some tension between them, which allows Amy a chance to play both sides. Oh, and Howard will naturally get weirded out by Stuart’s budding relationship with his mother.
After protracted negotiations that pushed back the show’s Season 8 start date until Wednesday, the trio have agreed to new three-year contracts worth $1 million an episode, per Deadline. (That’s up from the $300K-an-episode they had been earning.) When all the perks are factored in — including signing bonuses and back-end fees — the actors will likely pocket north of $90 million over the three years.
With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco on board, and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already signed, all eyes turn to Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar (who are currently fetching $125 and $75K per episode, respectively). The pair remain in active talks are are expected to close new pacts today or, at the latest, tomorrow.
Back in March, CBS renewed Big Bang for three more seasons — through May 2017 — contingent on the cast’s contracts staying current. According to Deadline, the actors’ new contracts leave open the possibility of an 11th season.
Four months after CBS renewed ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory for three additional seasons — through its 10th run — stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, as well as Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, still do not have deals to return to the No. 1 comedy among total viewers and adults 18-49.
The massive renewal for the series, from exec producers Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, gives the cast additional leverage to negotiate the hefty raises they’ve been after. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that there has been no movement in the negotiations, which began in September, and a deal is expected to be reached before season eight begins. The cast also is expected to return to work on the show’s Burbank set at the end of the month when production begins, regardless of whether or not they have new contracts — unlike the Modern Family cast, which staged a walkout as they renegotiated their deals with studio 20th Century Fox Television. Warner Bros. Television declined to comment.
Multiple Emmy winner Parsons (who again is nominated this year), Galecki and Cuoco are all seeking big salary increases. Sources told THR in September that the trio, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, are seeking up to $1 million per half-hour. They’re expected to negotiate together; Helberg and Nayyar also are looking for increases and will negotiate together. Emmy nominee Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have already inked new deals with WBTV, with both securing raises.
The Big Bang Theory contract talks are expected to be a hot topic of discussion Thursday during CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler’s session at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. The series is again returning this month to Comic-Con in San Diego, where for the second year in a row the panel will consist of the show’s writers.
Meanwhile, Molaro inked his first overall deal with Warner Bros. Television — a rich three-year pact in which he’ll develop new projects for the studio and continue to serve as showrunner and exec producer on the series created by Lorre and Prady. Lorre inked a four-year overall deal with the studio in 2012.
Big Bang Theory will return Monday, Sept. 22, before moving back to Thursdays starting Oct. 30.
Nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday morning by The Mindy Project‘s Mindy Kaling and The Voice host Carson Daly. The Emmys will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC is broadcasting this year’s show, with Late Night‘s Seth Meyers serving as host.
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia J
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep
The Big Bang Theory crew received three nominations for their work, with nominations for “Outstandign Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series”, “Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less)”, and “Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series”.