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They're on the biggest show on TV, but the stars of The Big Bang Theory say neither fame nor their new, http://www.people.com/article/big-bang-theory-salary-negotiation-kaley-cuoco have changed them. "Everybody's got their feet on the ground, so it doesn't feel that much different than day one," star Simon Helberg, 33, tells People in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. What began as a series about four lovable brainiacs and the women who love them has blown up into the most popular sitcom on television today, but the show's stars, along with Helberg - Johnny Galecki, 39; Jim Parsons, 41; Kaley Cuoco, 28; Kunal Nayyar, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Although traditional sitcoms toting the banner of laugh tracks and “filmed live before a studio audience” are going the way of the dodo, The Big Bang Theory has managed to achieve critical success for seven years running. Now entering its eighth season, with no signs of petering out, the series pushed the character arcs just a tad farther in season 7. There were relationship breakthroughs, a Star Wars calamity with James Earl Jones, Penny reassesses her career, pseudo-scientific discoveries and Raj became a little less awkward.
The season began with Leonard out on his North Sea expedition. While Leonard was away, Penny and Sheldon had a chance to bond. Penny has come a long way from being the Kelly Bundy figure of the group. Sheldon begins to turn to her for platonic companionship as well as advice.
This was a great advance in the group dynamic. Even though Sheldon is always »
- Bags Hooper
Exclusive: Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Veronica Mars) has joined Disney’s true-disaster picture The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Gallner joins Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in a key role as the rescue-boat’s engineman, who feels like he has a lot to prove on the mission to save the lives of dozens of men clinging to life in the waters of the Atlantic. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias’ 2010 book. (Update: Production begins this month in Massachusetts, Disney said this morning, with Holliday Grainger also joining the cast.)
- Jen Yamato
For a while it was a little up in the air as to whether we’d even see a new season of television’s most popular sitcom. CBS decided to play all of their cards and renew the show for three years – through seasons eight, nine and ten and right into 2017 – but hadn’t locked the cast into contract before they did so, allowing central trio Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki free rein to renegotiate their contracts.
The three are getting ‘Friends money’ now: a million dollars an episode each, which pretty much signals the death of the show after season ten regardless of the ratings, as – like Friends and Frasier before it – the show will become just too expensive to air.
But, with a slight delay in filming, season eight now appears to be back on schedule. So what does the next television year have in »
- Ben Cooke
Kaley Cuoco ate a McDonald's hamburger just moments before her Emmys red carpet photo-op earlier this week and was kind enough to share the photo with her fans. The Big Bang Theory beauty is shown showing some nice cleavage and cleaning up on a burger and fries to keep the hunger pains away during the long night of Emmy Awards presentation and speeches. It appears Kaley Cuoco having a better week than co-star and former boyfriend Johnny Galecki. He was dating girlfriend Kelli Garner, but they have split after more than two years together. The 'Big Bang Theory' actor and 'Pan-Am' star , who were first seen in public together in March 2012, have amicably decided to end their relationship and are still hoping to be pals. A source told Us Magazine: "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends". The couple appeared to be a picture of happiness when they were snapped »
Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have called it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of The Big Bang Theory star and former Pan Am actress, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang costar Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki, 39, and Garner, 30, have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
The Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki and Pam Am actress Kelli Garner are calling it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of the couple, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang co-star Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki and Garner have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
It's over! Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have broken up, E! News confirms. The Big Bang Theory actor, 39, and the Pan Am actress, 30, took their romance public in March 2012, and the exes have staying amicable post-split. "It's all good," a source insists. "They still hang out a lot." Staying friends with exes seemingly comes easy for Galecki. He brought Garner to his ex-girlfriend and co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's wedding to tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve in 2013. Galecki flew solo at Monday's Emmys. Co-star Jim Parsons was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while co-star Mayim Bialik lost the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy »
Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki and Pan Am actress Kelli Garner have decided to split after more than two years together, a source confirms to Us Weekly. Although the couple, who first stepped out publicly in March 2012 after months of quietly dating, have called it quits, a source tells Us "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends" and adds that the split was amicable. The breakup comes just months after the duo were spotted packing on the Pda during a Mexico getaway in January, days after attending [...] »
One of the standout moments from this year’s Emmys was undeniably the taped segment in which comedian Billy Eichner and host Seth Meyers ran around the streets of New York quizzing (or simply yelling at) people about the awards. And it wouldn’t have happened if Eichner had not decided to send a “ballsy” (his word) email to Meyers’ producer, Mike Shoemaker.But thanks to Eichner’s initiative, the evening had a refreshing dose of absurdity. In the segment, which mimicked the structure of the recurring games on Eichner’s Billy on the Street, Eichner called out the Academy’s snubbing of Tatiana Maslany, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
The Big Bang Theory cast recently got a big raise — but only after some big drama. As previously reported, production was delayed on the CBS sitcom earlier this summer while series stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco negotiated their salaries for the next three seasons. "I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date," Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, told Entertainment Weekly of the contract dispute, which resulted in each of the three leads earning $1 million per half-hour episode. "When it wasn't, [...] »
It looks like CBS is treating its actors pretty well, cha-ching-wise.
Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid male TV actors with a respective $26 million and $19 million in annual earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. This will be the third year in a row that Kutcher, whose tech cred recently landed him a gig as a product engineer with Lenovo, has landed the top spot. Cryer, meanwhile, is building upon Two and a Half Men’s monies with a huge book advance for an upcoming »
- Teresa Jue
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Saturday, Aug. 23:
11:10 a.m. “Nashville’s” Rayna James is “a woman that we need to see in country music,” says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the “Nashville” premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it’s incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. “Nashville” boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines.
11:36 a.m. Sophia Bush, also being honored, stops to blush when her mom stands behind the press snapping photos »
- Cynthia Littleton, Laura Prudom and Shalini Dore
Filming for Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory began earlier this week, but that’s not the only reason the show has been hitting headlines recently. Fans were horrified when rumours began to circulate that Jim Parsons had quit the show due to animosity between himself and co-star Johnny Galecki – but these were soon confirmed by the actor to be completely false.
Only a short while later, it was announced that the cast had finally managed to renegotiate their contracts with the show’s bosses – a process that had been ongoing for months and even delayed filming of the new series – along with the revelation that Parsons, Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will now receive one million dollars per episode. Whew!
It’s difficult to believe that as of 2014, the hugely popular sitcom will have been on our screens for a full seven years and as many seasons – and yet, after all this time, »
- Stephanie Farrell
Kaley Cuoco looked particularly pleased with herself after leaving her yoga class in Studio City wearing a flower crown. And given her enviable curves, it is easy to understand why Kaley looked so happy. It might be that fat new contract that has her smiling. Earlier it was revealed that 'Big Bang Theory' stars Kaley, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki signed new $1 million-per-episode deals. The trio, who reportedly earn $325,000 per episode, are said to have put pen to paper on bumper new contracts with studio Wbtv for the next three series of the sitcom leading up to its 10th season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Sources told the website that the three stars, Jim – who plays Sheldon Cooper - Johnny (Dr. Leonard Hofstadter) and Kaley (Penny), are thought to have agreed $1 million per half-hour deals with added benefits. This could see the trio net a total of $90 million at the »
Those of you who, like Caine in Kung Fu, wander the internet every day in search of tidbits of information about television, comics and film to then re-post to the internet and argue about… well, like us, you probably need to stop spending your days doing that, and, like us, you’ll have heard that the three principle cast members of The Big Bang Theory have recently renegotiated their salaries to a cool million dollars an episode for the upcoming three seasons of the show.
That’s right, apparently CBS didn’t check to see whether their biggest hit actually had its stars attached for an eighth season before it renewed it for the eighth, ninth and tenth seasons, thus playing their hand rather early when it came to discussing Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons’ new contracts. Those three will be getting a staggering $72 million each out »
- Ben Cooke
Could you imagine Kaley Cuoco with a buzz cut?!
But in a new interview with Women's Health magazine, Kaley revealed she actually wanted to cut it even shorter.
Just how short?
She's "surprised" she didn't end up shaving her head.
"That exploded very big. The haircut heard around the planet. We did it three days ago and it got around fast. I can’t stop touching it. I am so obsessed with it," she told Women's Health for their September cover.
Video: What Kaley Cuoco Really Feels About Her Breast Implants
She also revealed that prior to the big chop, she hadn't had a significant haircut in 20 years.
"When I wrapped season 7 of Big Bang a couple months ago, we cut it »
The cast of The Big Bang Theory can rest easy tonight knowing they will all be making an insane amount of money over the next few years. Contract talks between the remaining unsigned cast members and CBS have been resolved and all systems are go for the first Season 8 table read to finally get underway.
Core cast members Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki cashed in yesterday by inking a three-year deal that will pay them each $1 million per episode through Season 10, which has already been ordered by the network. TVLine estimates that each of the trio will end up pocketing north of $90 million over three years once back-end fees and signing bonuses are figured in.
With Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already under contract for this season from prior deals, the only holdouts left entering today were Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. The pair earned $125k and $175k per episode last season, »
Don't worry, nerds. You won't be without The Big Bang Theory for much longer. After playing a game of chicken that seemed to never end, it's official: All the stars of CBS' hit comedy have signed new deals. One day after Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting all signed three-year, Friends-size salary increases of $1 million per episode (yeah, wow), the two remaining supporting stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have both signed new deals as well, E! News has confirmed. While they'll both get raises in exchange for their new three-year deals, they won't be making as much as their costars. But still, they'll be making some serious dough when season eight premieres. »
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