Sitcom to end after 12 seasons
When news of The Big Bang Theory’s cancellation broke out, cast members of the show were left somber but enthusiastic for the final season. Big Bang premiered in 2007 and gave audiences 12 seasons that featured multitudes of iconic characters and memorable episodes.
The news of the cancellation was reportedly broken to the cast and crew on a typical work day when they were called to co-creator/executive producer, Chuck Lorre’s office. There, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, sorrowfully announced he was no longer interested in the show after more than 11 years of filming.
Other principal cast members, like Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, were also on board after Parsons informed Lorre that he wouldn’t be renewing his filming contract for next season.
Parsons took to Instagram after a public announcement was made to fans of the show and composed an emotional response to the news. “It is hard (nearly impossible actually) to really accept that this is a picture of the first of the final 24 episodes we will shoot for The Big Bang Theory. I feel very fortunate that we have another 23 episodes to shoot this season because I am hopeful that with each and every one, my level of REALLY accepting this fact will sink in,” Parsons said. “Something else I feel grateful for – and this gratitude needs no time to ‘sink in’ or becoming more ‘realized;’ this grateful feeling is always with me but is multiplied in this moment of us announcing our final season.”
Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowlergave, gave a heartfelt statement to fans on her lifestyle website Grok Nation. “Am I happy? Of course not. This has been my job since Melissa Rauch and I joined the cast as regulars in Season 4,” Bialik said. “I love my job. I love my castmates and I feel such appreciation for our incredible crew, our brave writers, our entire staff and our amazing fans. So many people are a part of our Big Bang family. This is hard. I love coming to work and pretending to be Amy. She’s a riot. She’s me, and I am her. And soon she will not be mine to create.”
Over the course of the show, Big Bang has been nominated for over 216 awards and won 54. Its most popular season was season 7, which brought in 20.4 million viewers per episode. More recently, the show had ratings at the 18-20 million viewers per episode mark.
The show’s final season premiere will be Sept. 24, exactly 11 years from the day it originally premiered. The Big Bang Theory will garner the title of longest-running multi-camera series in television history, ringing in at 279 episodes at its point of finale.