Production on the upcoming eighth season of CBS’ hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory has been delayed while the show’s key castmembers try to hammer out lucrative new deals with the network.
Production had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Instead, a tensely-worded statement from Warner Bros. TV confirmed that the show will chill out on ice until the two sides can arrive at a meeting of the minds over new salaries.
Contracts for principal series stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar expired at the end of the last season. Supporting stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik re-upped last year with substantial salary increases and are the only members of the cast currently under contract.
The production delay is not expected to affect Big Bang’s Sept. 22 premiere date.