Hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end.
CBS and Warner Bros. TV have decided to give the series one final season, its 12th, and wrap the show in 2019. It’s a bit of a surprising move, considering how popular the show is.
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons,” Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in joint statement. “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.”
So, why is the sitcom wrapping up? According to EW, it’s because one of the lead stars wants to leave the show. Jim Parsons, who has played Sheldon Cooper since 2006, is reportedly ready to walk away from The Big Bang Theory after 12 years. Even the $US1 million he reportedly earns per episode isn’t enough to keep him on board.
Lead actress Kaley Cuoco took to Instagram following the news, posting: “These characters have been with us for so long, it’s actually hard to believe they’re not real. Thank you to the entire cast and crew for your enormous dedication and laughter all these years. And thank you for being such a genius comedic mastermind, Mr. [co-creator Chuck] Lorre. I know there’s still a full season to go, but I’m already crying like crazy. What a show.”
CBS has just announced Season 12 will officially be the last season of @bigbangtheory_cbs. We all knew this day was coming, but I still can’t believe I just wrote that. These characters have been with us for so long, it’s actually hard to believe they’re not real. Thank you to the entire cast and crew for your enormous dedication and laughter all these years. And thank you for being such a genius comedic mastermind, Mr. Lorre. I know there’s still a full season to go, but I’m already crying like crazy. What a show. ?? #BigBangTheory
The Big Bang Theory will be wrapping up with 279 episodes, making it the longest running multi-cam comedy series ever.
The final season begins on September 24. Here’s the official episode for season 12’s first episode:
The Conjugal Configuration – Sheldon and Amy’s honeymoon runs aground in New York, while Penny and Leonard discover they are uncomfortably similar to Amy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fowler (Teller and Kathy Bates) . Also, Koothrappali insults physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and starts a Twitter war, on the 12th season premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY, on a special night, Monday, Sept. 24 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.