It has just been announced that The Big Bang Theory will be coming to an end after its 12th season.
In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “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.”
The decision comes less than three weeks after CBS Entertainment said the network was discussing continuing the show beyond Season 12.
“We don’t believe it’s the final year,” Entertainment Head Kelly Kahl said. “We are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros.”
“The only way we’ve discussed wrapping the show is we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes,” he said. “I think at this point everyone is very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families.”
Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter, had previously suggested that season 12 would be a suitable time for the show to come to a close.
“I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families,”
“We’re not leaving anything on the table in season 12,” he promised. “If there are stories we want to do, we will put them out there and see what happens.”
Kunal Nayyar also cast doubt over the show’s future last year. In an interview with Digital Spy he suggested the end may be in sight for the cast.
“I mean, no-one wants to see an old, fat Raj. I don’t know if season 12’s going to be the last season – those decisions are not up to me – but I do know for a fact that we have less [episodes to come] than we’ve already had,”
“I’m not saying it’s the end after season 12, but we know that this incredible, special thing is going to come to an end, and sooner rather than later. So I think all of us [in the cast] are at least beginning to feel a little bit nostalgic about the time we’ve had.”
The first episode of The Big Bang Theory aired way back in 2007 and the show has scooped up all kinds of awards during it’s impressive run. Including a People’s Choice Award for favourite comedy and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy for Jim Parsons.
A Young Sheldon spin-off has also proved to be something of a success too, managing to pull in 11 million viewers per episode in its first season, leading it to being renewed for a second.