The Big Bang Theory to go off air after season 12? Make way for spin-off show Young Sheldon
The Big Bang Theory is arguably one of the most popular comedy series ever. The physicists duo (Leonard and Sheldon), their scientist friends (Howard and Rajesh), and their neighbour (Penny) have been entertaining people since the past 10 years spread across 10 successful seasons.
But the TV's most watched comedy series in the demographic sample of "advertiser-coveted adults" aged between 18 to 49 is reportedly expected to come to an end with its 12th season, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
It was earlier reported that the series has been renewed for two more seasons, for a total of 48 episodes, thus making it CBS' long-running shows.
"We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what's going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series, but I'm just amazed we're here," Chuck Lorre, co-creator of the TV series told The Hollywood Reporter.
He was present at the press launch of Young Sheldon, the spin-off to The Big Bang Theory, at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour on 1 August. 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 show stars Big Little Lies' Iain Armitage as Sheldon Cooper, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber, Raegan Revord and Montana Jordan.
Recently, the cast of The Big Bang Theory was also in news when it was reported that the original cast, that includes Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Kunal Nayyar (Rajesh Koothrappali) and Simon Helberg (Howard), agreed to take pay cuts so that the relatively new cast Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) could get the salary parity that they had demanded for earlier, in the renewed season 11 and 12.
Steven Molaro, the executive producer and showrunner of the series has also stepped down from his post so that he can concentrate on Young Sheldon, while Steve Holland is all set take the flagship show forward from the upcoming 11th season.