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).