Johnny Galecki must’ve been stressing over what to do with his free time once The Big Bang Theory comes to a close at the end of this season. Besides dodging calls from Sara Gilbert to come on to The Conners full-time, he probably pondered taking up golf, collecting luxury cars or traveling the world, but went with option D: becoming a first time father at the age of 43. And who is the lucky lady incubating the little Galecki? (Note: Little Galecki sounds like what a Polish grandmother would call a cute child while pinching the shit out of its plump cheeks.) That would be Alaina Meyer, Johnny’s 21-year-old girlfriend of over a year. Continue reading
Between the tired nerd jokes and the sad laugh track, I don’t exactly envy the cast of The Big Bang Theory. But I do envy their fat paychecks, and of course I envy anyone who gets to live a lavish life by dating a BBT cast member, like Johnny Galecki’s current girlfriend, who just made their relationship red carpet official by showing up at the People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA last night together.
You should probably expect to see some sad photocopied flyers up around town that read: “Soft Kitty/Warm Kitty looking for work.” Because CBS’s biggest sitcom The Big Bang Theory is ending in 2019.
Deadline reports that CBS was in talks to keep the show going for a few more seasons, but CBS, along with Warner Bros. and show creator Chuck Lorre announced today that the upcoming 12th season (scheduled to premiere September 2018) will be the last. They issued the following statement:
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
TBBT will be the longest-running multi-camera comedy series in television history, with 12 seasons and 279 episodes. The decision to pull the plug was reportedly made by the producers. It definitely wasn’t made by the cast, because who would give up millions of dollars that easily? Besides Macaulay Culkin. At one point in time, the show’s main three stars – Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki – were pulling in $1 million an episode. They were joined shortly after by Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, who also got $1 million an episode. Eventually they all reportedly agreed to take a pay cut so that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could get a raise.
But how will the show end? My guess is the main nerd gang will all go on to fame and fortune after discovering the science required to finally make Penny a successful Hollywood actress. Wait a second, I think I’m describing Scientology. All hail Shel-Ron Cooper!
A couple of years ago, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory crossed over into Friends territory when they started making $1 million an episode. Eventually two more main cast members, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, got cut in on the $1 million an episode jackpot. Paycheck negotiations have started again, and this time the negotiators are Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch (aka Sheldon’s girlfriend and Howard’s wife).
When it was rumored that the entire cast of Friends was going to reunite, people who watched all of that shit religiously had the same reaction I would have if an It’s A Living reunion was announced. They squirted out a foamy stream of excitement. But it turns out it wasn’t really a reunion. They just sat at the same table and said words together at NBC’s tribute to James Burrows which taped in L.A. last night. Johnny Galecki, who dressed up like a snobby French gallery owner, posted a picture on Instagram of the cast of Friends with the cast of The Big Bang Theory. Matthew Perry isn’t in the picture because even he doesn’t want to be seen with Kaley Cuoco. No, Chandler’s in London doing some play, so he couldn’t make it.
Never mind that Courteney Cox’s transformation into the plastic baby of Pete Burns and Michael Jackson is almost complete, I don’t think I ever really noticed how much of a hot silver top daddy Matt LeBlanc is now. And seeing him behind Jim Parsons and David Schwimmer is giving me Joey/Ross/Sheldon gay spit roast fantasies.
The grandmas of the world who have been begging the Gods to save their favorite show while kneeling in front of their Jim Parsons saint candles can stop and get up, because their prayers were answered! Production on season 8 of The Big Bang Theory is supposed to start on August 6th, but as of yesterday, it didn’t seem like that was going to happen, because the show’s three main stars, Johnny Galecki (aka forever David from Roseanne to me), Jim Parsons and Henry Cavill’s former STUNT QUEEN partner Kaley Cuoco held hands and refused to show up to work if CBS didn’t drop a mountain of money on their heads. CBS should’ve fired their asses and replaced Johnny Galecki with DJ Connor, Jim Parsons with Estelle Parsons and Kaley Cuoco with Crystal Anderson-Connor (Basically, I want The Big Bang Theory to completely Roseanne-ize itself). But CBS didn’t do that. They showed them the money instead.
Johnny, Kaley and Jim made $325,000 an episode last season, but they asked for Friends money for season 8 and they got it. Deadline says that Johnny, Kaley and Jim will sign on for three more seasons of The Big Bang Theory and in return they’ll get $1 million per episode. Three seasons = 72 episodes = $72 million EACH. They also got a bump in their ownership of the show, so when you add that to the $72 million, they’ll make at least $90 million by 2017. If the show continues to make a lot of money in syndication, that $90 million will turn into $100 million. Basically, we’re all living in a world where Kaley Fucking Cuoco is making more money than REAL TV legends like Joan Collins, Morgan Fairchild and Heather Locklear combined.
Deadline says that the show’s other original cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still working out their deals and they’ll definitely get a raise, but they won’t be shitting out solid gold bars like Johnny, Kaley and Jim.
With Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco signed on and co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik already on board for Season 8 after renegotiating their contracts last fall, the focus is on wrapping negotiations with the last remaining original cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, before the table read planned for Wednesday. I hear the two are close and there is a possibility for them to reach new deals today though there have been some bumps in the back-and-forth.
I’m all for #getmoneybitches getting more money, but $90 million?! CBS knows they’re not actual experimental physicists and shit, right?
And if Kaley’s husband Ryan Sweeting didn’t sign a prenup, he’s the real winner here. Who knew that the mess who tattooed Kaley’s name into his arm after knowing her for three seconds could turn out to be the gold digging icon of the decade?