Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that TV's No. 1 comedy among the all-important adults 18-49 demographic is near a deal for a two-season renewal as the show's five stars — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayaar — are also close to signing new contracts to return.
A formal deal has not yet been closed, and CBS and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment. At the moment, there are no talks of an end-game for the series, currently in its 10th season, for its potential 12th season to be its last.
CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed to reporters Wednesday during the company's earnings call that they're "very very close" to the two-season renewal.
Insiders note that Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco would remain in the $1 million per episode range, with Helberg and Nayyar also being bumped up to the show's top tier.
Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik previously negotiated together and secured raises. Both are expected to get a huge bump this cycle as their characters have become key members of the show's ensemble.
Should the two-season renewal come through, it would be the latest multi-season pickup for the comedy created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and overseen by showrunner Steve Molaro. Big Bang Theory has scored a pair of three-season renewals.
In its 10th season, Big Bang Theory remains a key property for CBS and WBTV.
CBS also is teaming with Lorre and Molaro as well as Parsons for prequel Sheldon, about a young Sheldon Cooper.
The project remains in development as the script continues to be reworked and fine-tuned.