It has been confirmed this evening that hit US sitcom, The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for another two seasons at CBS. The two-season renewal will see the show stay on the network until at least the end of its 12th season.
The Big Bang Theory is currently in the midst of its 10th season run on the network, which also marks the end of CBS’ contract with the show and its stars. Reports surfaced a few weeks ago stating that the stars and producers were in negotiations with CBS, and we always knew it was a very real possibility the show would return. The Big Bang Theory is far too popular still for CBS to turn its nose up at, so it seemed the ball was in the cast and crew’s court.
We’re pretty happy the show will be back for another two seasons at the very least, but it is possible everyone involved could hang their boots up at the end of season 12 – it’s a long time for a show to be running. Having said that, if ratings remain as strong as they are right now, then who knows what will happen.
The Big Bang Theory is one of those rare gems which gets better with age. You don’t see many TV shows go on to improve its ratings and become a stronger force the longer it is on the air. More often than not, the longer a show broadcasts, the lower its audience figures become.
The news comes after it was reported that the main stars, including – Kayley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki – were considering taking a pay cut so that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could take home a bigger salary. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Parsons, Cuoco, and Galecki have taken a pay cut from $1 million per episode to $900,000 per episode so that Bialik and Rauch’s pay out can be boosted. Reports suggest that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have joined the top tier and will get equal pay to the main three stars. However, Rauch and Bialik are still going to be quite some way from their counterparts as they’re apparently looking at receiving $400,000 per episode – up from a reported $175,000 per ep.
Furthermore, it is also good news for the Big Bang Theory universe as ‘Young Sheldon’ has been picked up with a straight to series order. The series will follow Sheldon Cooper in his younger years, but will not feature any of the Big Bang Theory cast members.