Every network has a show or several that they would consider their best foot forward for the viewing audience, and for awards like the Emmys. For CBS, one of them is a sitcom that premiered back in 2007, about the wacky lives of two Caltech physics teachers and their circle of friends in Pasadena. Despite a middling introduction, “The Big Bang Theory” went on to receive favorable reviews and thus be assured of a continued place on the CBS timeslot. But all good things come to an end, despite the network itself thinking the sitcom is good for one more.
Entertainment Tonight has it that “The Big Bang Theory” will be taking a bow at the conclusion of its 12th season, due to start late next month. It expects its final episode of the season, and the sitcom as a whole, to hit television screens on May next year. CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions gave a statement Wednesday, August 22, addressed to followers of the show for over 10 years. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ during the past 12 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.”
It was an entirely different message compared to what was spoken by CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl, during the Television Critics Association summer press tour this first week of August. “We don’t believe it’s the final season,” said Kahl in response to queries on if “The Big Bang Theory” was winding down in season 12. “We are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with the studio that produces it, Warner Bros.” Worries for the show ending surfaced following the massive two-season renewal it was awarded by CBS in 2017, that being seasons 11 and the soon to premiere third.
As for the actors themselves, there appears to be a split of opinion on the future of “Big Bang Theory”. Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki seem to think it was time to end, with the latter remarking, “We think 12 will be it. Anything beyond that, we’re just thinking about the very tearful wrap party we’ll have.” Kaley Cuoco on the other hand is interested in trying for season 13.
With its planned finale on May 2019, ‘The Big Bang Theory” would have aired 279 episodes, the longest multi-cam TV series yet finished. It has also earned 46 Emmy nominations, with Parsons winning Outstanding Lead Actor (Comedy Series) four times.
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