The smash hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory is set to begin shooting its eighth season on July 30, but the show’s stars still haven’t completed their contract negotiations with the network, leaving the future of beloved nerds Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, and Raj, plus their neighbor Penny, uncertain.
The socially awkward physicists Sheldon and Leonard are played by Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, respectively, with Kaley Cuoco playing the dumb blonde wannabe actress Penny, who teaches her neighbors across the hall about the ways of life, socializing, and common sense. Howard (Simon Helberg) is a mechanical engineer and Raj (Kunal Nyyar) is an astrophysicist, both friends and coworkers of Sheldon and Leonard at Caltech.
Deadline reports that none of the five main characters on the show have deals with the studio Warner Bros. TV, as their contracts all expired at the end of last season. Deadline’s sources said that Warner Bros. and the actors are nowhere near reaching an agreement and have had little dialogue.
The show is due for an hourlong season premiere on September 22, which could still happen even if talks are stalled through Labor Day weekend, though the sources that spoke to Deadline said they don’t think Warner Bros. will push things that far, even though the studio has a reputation of going down to the wire. Deadline’s sources did say that things were beginning to show slight signs of improvement and that negotiations might start in the next week.
The last time the cast went through major negotiations was in 2010, and all five major cast members have changed representation since then, which could make conversations run differently than they did in 2010.