Diane Haithman is an AwardsLine contributor.
Undergrads from UCLA’s Honors Physics 1B — who take this class because ordinary physics just isn’t difficult enough — were in for a surprise when they took a field trip to Warner Bros. Studios to be part of the live studio audience for CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. The set always features whiteboards marked up with dizzyingly complex equations. And it took awhile for any student to notice that today’s equations were the solutions for the midterm exam they’d taken that day. As Big Bang physicist Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) might say: Bazinga! This visual gag was a lot like the continual pranks of Sheldon and his geeky pals on the show. But the man behind this in-joke was their professor, particle astrophysicist David Saltzberg, who also serves as science adviser on Big Bang.
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EXCLUSIVE: The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco will return as host of People’s Choice Awards 2013, which will air on CBS live from the Nokia Theatre on January 9, 2013. This will mark Cuoco’s second stint emceeing the People’s Choice Awards after making her debut this year. CBS has a history of tapping some of its biggest primetime stars to host awards shows that air on the network, with Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) hosting the Tonys, LL Cool J (NCIS:LA) emceeing the Grammy nomination specials as well as this year’s Grammy Awards, and Cuoco doing the People’s Choice Awards. ”It’s an honor to return as host of the 2013 People’s Choice Awards and kick off awards season with one of the most fun events of the year,” said Cuoco. Also returning as executive producer is another familiar CBS face, Survivor‘s Mark Burnett. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Kaley Cuoco is carving out a nice hosting career for herself. On the heels of her emceeing the Teen Choice Awards in August, The Big Bang Theory star has been tapped to host the upcoming People’s Choice Awards. The gig has a nice synergy ring to it as the awards show airs on CBS, the network that also carries Big Bang. Cuoco will succeed Queen Latifah who hosted the People’s Choice Awards for the past 5 years. “Kaley is sexy, funny and smart – everything you want in a host – everything you get to see each week on The Big Bang Theory,” CBS’ EVP specials Jack Sussman said. Mark Burnett is back as executive producer on the awards show, which will air on Jan. 11. Read More »
Melissa McCarthy, Don Cheadle, Kaley Cuoco, Rob Lowe, Lea Michele and Ian Somerhalder have been added to the presenters list for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, set for Sunday at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and live on Fox. The … Read More »
Once again, the Teen Choice Awards reached out to a broadcast TV star for hosting duties. Kaley Cuoco of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will host the ceremony, which will air live on Fox on Sunday, Aug. 7. Last year, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The story of Drew Peterson, charged with the death of his third wife after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife, is coming to television, with Rob Lowe playing the charismatic, womanizing Chicago-area police officer. Also cast in the project is The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco as Peterson’s fourth wife, 23-year-old Stacy, who was 30 years his junior. In May 2010, after Stacy’s mysterious disappearance, Peterson seemingly basked in the attention from the national media while denying any connection to Stacy’s disappearance. But after following up on tips from a neighbor, authorities arrested Peterson and indicted him for the murder of his previous wife, Kathleen. Her 2004 death — Kathleen was found drowned in an empty bathtub — had been initially ruled an accident, but upon exhumation and second forensic examination, that was changed to homicide. Peterson is currently in prison awaiting trial. The movie, tentative titled The Drew Peterson Story aka Ladykiller, will explore the two cases and any possible connections between them. It was written by Teena Booth, who also penned Lifetime’s movies about the unsolved disappearance of another young girl, Natalee Holloway. It was based on the nonfiction book Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson by Joseph Hosey, a reporter with the Chicago area’s Herald News who has followed closely the Drew Peterson case. Judith Verno (The Craigslist Killer, Natalee Holloway) will executive produce the film, produced by Peace Out Prods. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Just in times for the holidays, The Big Bang Theory co-star Kunal Nayyar has reached a new salary agreement with the series producer Warner Bros. TV, meaning that all five principal cast members of the hit CBS comedy series … Read More »
UPDATED: Simon Helberg will have a lot more money to buy those bright-colored turtlenecks. The Big Bang Theory co-star has just landed a big raise from the series’ producer Warner Bros. TV. I hear Helberg’s new salary is in the … Read More »
Great news for Big Bang fans: injured star Kaley Cuoco is expected to return to work in time for the taping on Oct. 13, which means that she will only miss 2 episodes – the one whose … Read More »
With star Kaley Couco sidelined by a broken leg following a horseback accident last weekend, The Big Bang Theory is taking a breather to give more time to the actress to recuperate — and to the writers to figure out how to handle her absence. The Warner Bros TV-produced show is on a scheduled week-long hiatus, which started on Wednesday. Now it has been extended for another week. Cuoco missed the taping at the beginning of this week, and probably won’t be able to start right after the hiatus ends. But producers are optimistic that she may be gone for as few as 2-3 episodes altogether. It is not clear if her injury will be written into the show. But it seems clear that the actress will be able to make a full recovery. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that the stars of The Big Bang Theory are getting fat new paychecks just as the hit CBS comedy is getting ready for its big move to Thursdays next week. After almost 3 months of negotiations with series producer Warner Bros TV, Big Bang leads Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons have agreed to a major salary hike that would bring the trio’s salaries to $200,000 an episode for the upcoming fourth season, up from about $60,000 last season. The salaries will rise to $250,000 in Season 5, then $300,000 in Season 6 and 350,000 in Season 7. Additionally, they will each receive .25 point of the series’ lucrative backend and will be paid $1+ million as an advance against it now and another $1 million in Season 7. That effectively adds another $50,000 to their per-episode paycheck over the life of the deal.
I hear Galecki and Cuoco, who have been negotiating together, closed their deals on Monday in a face-to-face meeting between their representatives and Warner Bros following a powwow with the two actors and their teams on Friday where the studio’s final offer was presented. Meanwhile, recent Emmy winner Jim Parsons had been holding out for more money and had handled his negotiations separately despite the fact that he is represented by the same law firm as Galecki and Cuoco (Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman). I learned that Parsons was offered the same deal as Galecki and Cuoco and given a deadline to take the take it or leave it by today. He just accepted. Talk about hardball: I hear the studio, which had made it clear it was planning to do “favored nations”-type deals (paying all the stars the same), was prepared to table re-negotiations with Parsons until next summer if he had turned down the offer. Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2010 Emmy coverage.
Jim Parsons is kinda sitting on top of the world these days after having just landed his 2nd consecutive Emmy nomination for his role as the brilliant nerdball physicist Sheldon Cooper on the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory. But it’s also a time of real anxiety for him as well. For one, he’s nervous about both winning and losing an Emmy category where he’s considered a frontrunner. And when his competition includes 3-time winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and 2-time victor Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) along with perennial nominees Steve Carell (The Office) and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) plus newcomer Matthew Morrison (Glee). Parsons is also a bit on edge because of the tense salary renegotiation going on right now between Warner Bros TV and the three Big Bang leads (Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco). Parsons, 37, spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about the Emmys, his finances, and the best thing about being a rich and famous TV star.
Deadline Hollywood: So, is this Emmy thing in the bag or what?
Jim Parsons: What? No! Of course not.
DH: It’s what those in the know are saying.
JP: Well, that’s great. But the way I see it, you can look at the Emmys two ways in you’re nominated. It’s either win-win or lose-lose. If things go very well and I win, you still have to get up in front of a group of people and risk having God knows what come out of your mouth. If you won’t win, you have to breathe deeply and smile and clap with a camera in your face. Last year, just before they announced my award, I was weak in the knees and had sweaty palms. It wasn’t because I was nervous about winning or losing. It was having to accept the trophy if I did win.
DH: And then you lost.
JP: Yes! So it all worked out. But I still don’t see the odds being with me winning. It’s…what is it? One in six. But you know, my competition is awfully good. My stomach is already in knots. The problem is that I don’t drink, so I can’t calm myself that way. I wish I could be better at pretending I don’t care.
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EXCLUSIVE: One week before CBS’ hit The Big Bang Theory is scheduled to go back into production on Season 4, I hear the main cast is still nowhere near a deal in their salary renegotiations with producing studio Warner Bros. … Read More »
Coming this summer to CBS and WBTV, it’s renegotiations time for the Big Bang gang. The CBS comedy is coming off a red-hot 3rd season and a gigantic off-network syndication deal, putting the cast of the show in a prime position for big salary bumps. Which brings me back to a post I did a month ago titled Is The Big Bang Theory the next Friends? The two comedies share a similar setup: ensemble multi-camera sitcoms about single twentysomethings, the majority of them living in two apartments across the hall; similar ratings strength: Big Bang is now the highest-rated scripted series on TV just like Friends once was; and now the two also share the same time slot, Thursday 8PM, after CBS decided to move Big Bang there in the fall.
Yes, I felt the two comedies had a lot in common… until now. One of the signature moves of the Friends cast was that they negotiated their deals together in an all-for-one, one-for-all fashion, getting to $100,000 per episode each in their first go-around with producer Warner Bros. TV after two seasons and eventually to $1 million per episode. Now, the cast of Big Bang is facing their first salary renegotiation with WBTV following a record-breaking syndication deal for the show, that netted the studio $2+M per episode. But I hear one of the three leads, Jim Parsons, is considering negotiating separately from co-stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco.
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