The Big Bang Theory renewed: Sheldon, Penny and the gang will be back for two more seasons
CBS has finally renewed The Big Bang Theory for two more seasons, making it one of primetime’s long-running sitcoms, with at least 12 seasons.
The renewal has been in the works for the past few months. The show is in its 10th season and the big hurdle was cleared last month when the five original members of the series ensemble — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — struck new deals with the studio. The deal is envisioned as taking the show through its final two seasons, for a total of 48 more episodes.
The studio is said to still be in negotiations with Big Bang stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who have become core members of the cast during their seven years on the show.
Bialik and Rauch have been pushing for salary parity with the original five, who are slated to earn about $900,000 per episode in the next two seasons. The original five actors agreed to take a $100,000 pay cut apiece from their current salaries to free up more funds in the budget to help provide raises for Bialik and Rauch, who have been paid far below their co-stars at around $175,000-$200,000 per episode.
CBS has also ordered a Big Bang Theory spinoff directly to series.
Young Sheldon, which will feature the voice of Parsons providing narration, tells the story of a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper growing up in Texas. The prequel series stars Big Little Lies' Iain Armitage as Sheldon Cooper, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan. Perry is playing Sheldon's mother, a role her own mother, Laurie Metcalf, originated on The Big Bang Theory.
Jon Favreau is directing and executive producing the first episode and serves as executive producer alongside Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro.