TV Land has tapped Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik to host its new version of the hidden camera reality series Candid Camera alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s creator and first host, Allen Funt. The series will premiere on Monday, August 11 at 8 PM with original episodes airing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of that week. It will then air in its regular time slot on Tuesdays at 8 PM beginning August 19. The series is taping now across the country. Ben Silverman’s Electus and Peter Funt’s Candid Camera, Inc. are co-producing, with Funt and Silverman serving as exec producers.
‘Big Bang’ Co-Stars Mayim Bialik & Melissa Rauch Get Major Salary Bumps As Show Faces License Fee & More Cast Negotiations
EXCLUSIVE: The newest additions to the cast of CBS‘ hit comedy The Big Bang Theory have scored nice salary bumps. I’ve learned that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch — regulars on Big Bang since fall 2010 having started off as guest starring-turned-recurring players on the popular comedy — have both renegotiated their current salaries, which have been in the $20,000-$30,000 range per episode. No one is commenting but I hear the duo will be making about double that, in the neighborhood of $60,000, this coming season, with their pay steadily increasing every year to reach close to $100,000 an episode by the end of their contracts. As a result of the renegotiation, I hear Bialik and Rauch, who play Sheldon and Howard’s brainy better halves Amy and Bernadette, respectively, also have added a year to their current deals.
The Bialik/Rauch deal is the first in what is going to be a big season behind-the-scenes at Big Bang, which, six years into its run, is firing on all cylinders creatively and commercially. Over the next eight months, Big Bang faces license fee negotiations as the series is currently renewed by CBS through this season, as well as contract negotiations with the entire original cast, whose deals also are all up at the end of this season. With the series doing so well and eying a potential strong showing at the Emmys this weekend, none of these is going to be easy. Like the salary renegotiations in 2010, leads Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are expected to negotiate in one group and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar in another. Observers expect Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco, currently at $350,000 an episode, to land north of $500,000 when it’s all said and done.
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Lead acting comedy series nominee Don Cheadle (House Of Lies) and supporting acting hopefuls Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) and Tony Hale (Veep) share thoughts on their characters, shows and nominations.
AwardsLine: You play a narcissist, Marty Kaan, who heads his own management consulting firm and is generally irresistible to women. That’s usually a recipe for playing a character over the top. And yet your performance is more subtly comedic.
Cheadle: Every season, I’ve been delightfully surprised by how far the writers and the creators want to push who he is and challenge the audience to still come along. For me, it’s still a discovery process. I don’t think he’s set, necessarily. I’m not ever thinking about playing it cool—he is a mess. People that have that much bravado, and enjoy lording it over, usually they’re scared of something.
The Big Bang Theory co-star Mayim Bialik is OK after a car accident and will return to work on the show tomorrow as planned. Bialik’s car was struck around noon today. The actress was hospitalized after what TMZ described as “tons and tons of blood everywhere,” claiming that Bialik’s finger was “almost completely severed” and she may lose it. According to sources close to Bialik and the production, Bialik did hurt her hand but the injury is not that serious (she is not in danger of losing any digits), and she is expected to attend rehearsal tomorrow. Bialik just landed her first Emmy nomination for her role on the hit CBS comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: The girls are rising on The Big Bang Theory this season. The CBS comedy — which just upped costar Melissa Rauch to a full-fledged series regular — has rewarded Mayim Bialik with a similar bump. The former Blossom star made her debut as Sheldon’s quasi-girlfriend in last season’s finale and returned this fall on a recurring basis. Like Rauch, Bialik’s new deal is for this season only and — unlike the show’s central quintet — doesn’t call for her to appear in all episodes produced. Still, her promotion brings the number of female regulars on Big Bang to 3, improving the balance between the sexes on the comedy series which has 4 male regulars. Michael Ausiello will be contributing to Deadline.com and Movieline.com as he preps for the January launch of a new TV-centric website.
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 taping was right after her horse-riding accident and the one that is currently in production, following the show’s 2-week hiatus. It hasn’t been decided yet if Cuoco’s broken leg will be incorporated into the show.
Meanwhile, there is more romance in store for Jim Parsons’ Sheldon. Mayim Bialik, who guest starred as the nerdy Amy in Big Bang‘s last season’s finale and this season’s premiere, has been booked for additional episodes and is expected to recur this season, the series’ fourth.