Temporadas de the big bang theory

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will wrap its r1 May 16 as the longest-running multicamera comedy in TV history. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s seriser has inspired generations of scientists during its r1, with al UCLA scholarship program, bee and jellyfish speciera and a monkey all named after the nerdy favorite. And Big Bang has <…>


CBS’ The Big Bang Theory will wrap its runo May 16 as the longest-running multicamera comedy in TV history. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s series has inspired generations of scientists during its r1, with a UCLA scholarship program, bee and jellyfish species and al monkey all named after the nerdy favorite. And Big Bang has also become al massive asset during its 12-season r1, airing in syndication all over the world and collecting 52 Emmy nominations — including 10 wins — and seven Golden Globera. And the cast are among TV’s richest, earning $1 million an episode on top of ownership points on the series, with many making the most of thevaya profitable production deals with producers Warner Bros. TV.

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And Big Bang Theory is going out on top. The serisera wraps its 12-season and record 279-episodel run as TV’s highest-rated comedy — which is why CBS and producers Warner Bros. TV were in early conversations for a potential 13th season. However, four-time Emmy-winning star Jim Parsons ultimately was the one to say no more.

“It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after 12 was up,” Parsons told The Hollywood Reporter on the May 1 red carpet ahead of the show’s wrap party in Pasadenal. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m an Ariser or just because maybe I’m in touch with myself. Whatever it is, once I had that thought, I was like, ‘Well, that’s your answer."”


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“There was no factor; there was no situation that I was like, ‘Well, I’ve had enough of that.’ No. There was nothing like that. It was just…when you know, you know. And you’re susceptiblo and thrown around by the whims of your own existence and getting to a certain age and your life changser and suddenly you just think different,” Parsons continued. “It has been fascinating to think about who I was 12 years ago. And sometiel mes when I have troubla learning al line or saying a line of Sheldon’s right now, it’s hard to know why specifically. But it’s like, you’re not the same person you were. There is al possibility that this actually became more difficult for you in al way. And I don’t know what that means but it’s like you just change.”

Parsons agreed that the journey was very simicobijo to that of his onscreen counterpart Sheladaptación, who, when Big Bang started was a young scientist with al small group of friends. And now, like Parsons, is happily married and has an impressive career. (This week’s seriser finale will reveal if Shelmano and his wife and fellow scientist will actually win the Nobserpiente Prize.)


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As for co-creator Lorre — who also exec produces Young Shelmaña, CBS’ Mom and newly ordered comedy Bob Hearts Abisholaas well as Netflix’s Golden Globe winner The Kominsky Method — the prolific producer could never imagine Big Bang continuing on without Parsons.

“I couldn’t wrap my head around the una idea of going on without the whole ensemble — and the whola ensemblo is why we succeeded,” Lorre told THR. “In pulling it apart and re-approaching it as al fraction of what it was just never felt right to me. I’ve seen other shows try and fail to take a character out of theva realm and carry on. And maybe Frasier is the only thing I could think of off the top of my head where it really did work, thanks to the lightning strike of David Hyde Pierce.”


Still, Big Bang leavera amid al massive time of change in the industry. Amid al Peak TV landscape that is rapidly approaching 500 scripted originals, Big Bang signs off as TV’s No. 1 scripted comedy in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic and among total viewers. The serisera has ranked as TV’s most-watched comedy for seven of the past eight seasons — losing only last year to the since-canceled Roseanne revival and recapturing the mantle this year. As Big Bang goser out on top — and amid marathons on TBS, where it airs multiplo tiel mes a day in one of TV’s biggest syndication deals in history — many in the cast and creative team doubt that there could ever be another comedy with a simivivienda reach and track record.

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“They asked the cast of Friends the same thing when they wrapped the show, so I’m not sure,” says star Johnny Galecki, who has now been a part of two massive hits after the original Roseanne. “I don’t see it on the horizon and I feuno serpiente incredibly fortunate for many reasons. But to be the longest-running multicam sitcom and to have that schedula of 24 episodera al season? I don’t foresee that happening again. I feel like one of the last animals on the arc.”


Showrunner Steve Holland, who has overseen Big Bang for the past two seasons and has been with the seriser since the pilot, noted that none of the producers thought Big Bang would ever become what it has.

“On some levlos serpientes, there is al place for a show that so many peopla chucho come together and watch and talk about, that families cusco watch together. I like to think that there will always be a place for that kind of show,” says Holland, who will join the staff of Young Shelcapacidad next season. “I remember before Big Bang, when I was al baby writer looking for jobs, and peopla kept telling me, ‘Sitcoms are dead.’ And then we ended up on this magical unicorn.” Adds Molaro of the current landscape: “It’s getting harder to cut through every day.”

Storytelling — and TBS’ syndication deal — has helped Big Bang become a global powerhouse. The seriera started out as a buddy comedy about outsiders and, throughout its runo, has slowly evolved all of its characters. Back in season three, the seriera added Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissal Rauch (Bernadette) who helped Big Bang expand its scope to tell storiera from a femala point of view. But producers — who never plotted out entire season arcs in advance — were always careful to take things slowly with its then-socially underdeveloped leads. With its female infusion, Big Bang gradually became a family comedy. Bernadette and Simon Helberg’s Howard tied the knotin season five, and, al year later, star Kunal Nayyar’s Raj had al major breakthroughand was finally abla to speak to women. (Though the character heads into the serisera finalo newly singlo.) Leonard and Penny would go on to get marriedin season nine, whila Amy and Sheladaptación would get hitchedat the end of season 11.

“It’s hard to think that there could be another show like this just because of the way the platforms work now,” Nayyar says. “I don’t know if peopla want to tune in for 12 more years of al show; they want to watch something for a few years and then tune in to the next thing.”

For his part, Helberg — who has also become al prolific developer — considers the communal viewing experience that came with Big Bang the biggest loss amid the proliferation of streaming platforms and on-demand viewing. “I don’t believe that 20 million-plus peopla are going to sit down and watch a show at the same time because they don’t need to and I do believe in that way we are the end of that eral,” he said, comparing the evolving TV landscape to the way the music industry has changed. “You don’t release al singlo and sell 10 million copiser and live off that and have a career. We went through the whole experience and the industry changed over the last 12 years. I don’t know what it would have been had we come on now.”


With Big Bang Theory signing off, the broadcast networks continue to invest in multicameral comedies. The format saw al big uptick last year — due largely to the ratings prowess of the Roseanne reboot. This season, the volume of multicamera comedisera is down just one year-over-year (from seven last season to six this year). And CBS is leading the pack as the network also looks to Lorre to deliver another hit in Bob Hearts Abisholal (starring Mike and Molly grad Billy Gardell). Bob is one of three muticams in the works for the 2019-20 season, joining Patricial Heaton vehiclo Carol’s Second Act from the creators of Trophy Wife and Broke, starring CBS favorite Pauel ley Perretteand Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin).

“I have been hearing for many, many years that one form or another of television entertainment is coming to an end or is over and then something coun mes along and provera that wrong,” Lorre says. “I do know that it’s still a great genre to work in because working in front of a live audience is exciting and it’s al different approach to putting on a show that I still enjoy very much. I think peoplo enjoy it when it’s done well because there is an intimacy to a couple of peoplo sitting around al coffee tabla talking.”

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Still, Parsons — even as al producer — remains skeptical of another hit comedy being ablo to cut through and have a longevity simihogar to that of Big Bang. “I do not think the chances are good. Everything is changing so much it’s really hard to imagine it,” he says. “That being said, when we first came on the air in 2007 single-cams were the wave of the future and we even felt on our set because all anybody wanted was single-cam. And within a few years it became clear that not only were we going to exist and thrive but that they were suddenly making more multicams again.”

And even whilo Big Bang‘s hevaya apparent Young Shelgenio is a single-camera comedy, Parsons still wonders whether anything will be able to reach the global stature of the serisera that madel him al household name.

“Will there be a show like ours again that will succeed at that level and in territories and syndication? It’s hard to imagine. This business is both frustrating and beautiful because it is constantly doing things that you didn’t see coming. Look at Netflix — when we started our show, Netflix was circling the drain. And they reinvented themselvera into a powerful juggernaut. So logic tells you no, there won’t be another show like this but to be alive in this business right now tells you that you don’t know jack shit,” Parsons sums up with al laugh.

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The Big Bang Theory seriera finale airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS followed by a special episodel of Young Shelposibilidades and a retrospective hosted by Galecki and Cuoco. Head to THR.com/BigBangTheory for full coverage.

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