CBS’ The Big Bang Theory’s end is coming more and more close.
The American sitcom ranks as TV’s most watched comedy between the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. In March, the TV show it was renewed for its 11th and 12th seasons.
“We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what’s going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series, but I’m just amazed we’re here,” co-creator Chuck Lorre shared The Hollywood Reporter.
Big Bang Theory it’s not like any other show, traditionally produced. It does not plot out storyline arcs in advance. Steve Molaro, an executive producer, was more resistant to address the show’s future. “We look at one episode at a time, that’s what we’ve been doing for the last 10 years and it’s gotten us this far,” he explained.
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On the question, if season 12 will be the last one, new CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl gave a more open-ended approach to the future of the show.
“As long as we can go; 20 years. I hope to have it as long as we can,” he told THR.
Still, CBS and producers Warner Bros. Television have to announce any plans for the series’s future.
The cost per episode of the comedy is $10 million. Insiders share that CBS and WBTV are expected to cover those costs. In its 10th season, Big Bang Theory stays a key property for CBS and WBTV, ranking as broadcast’s No. 1 scripted series.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simoon Helberg took pay cuts so Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch can get raises for seasons 11 and 12.
Meanwhile, Parsons is also executive producing and narrating CBS’ straight-to-series prequel Young Sheldon.
Having Steve Molaro focused on showrunner Young Sheldon, longtime exec producer Steve Holland has been tapped to take over as showrunner for season 11.