With CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory heading into its 12th season (and final season of the cast's recent two-year contracts), fans, television critics, and industry insiders assumed the most recent contract negotiations were the last. Now comes word out of today's Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event that the network is in negotiations with series producer Warner Bros. TV to bring back the series.
When asked about the possibility of the series' return, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl responded:
"We don't believe it's the final season. We are in preliminary discussions to renew he show with the studio that produces it, Warner Bros."
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that CBS is open to a multiple-season deal if the cast and creative are on board for it.
For The Big Bang Theory to return for season 13 and beyond, Warner Bros. TV will have to negotiate new contracts for the series cast – which will definitely prove costly: the show's original cast are the highest-paid actors on television, with deals that put their per episode pay at around $1 million.
According to Kahl, season 11 of the series was "zero down" from the previous season ratings-wise; and when the final figures from the delayed viewing of the Sheldon (Jim Parsons)-Amy (Mayim Bialik) wedding finale were factored in, the season kept season 10's levels in year-to-year ratings.
Which explains why during CBS's upfront presentation to advertising executives in May 2018, Kahl said that the network was "hopeful that there will be more" seasons of The Big Bang Theory — and that, "As long as Chuck (Lorre) and his team have stories to tell, we will take the show for as long as they want to go. We can take a few more seasons."
Leonard and Sheldon are brilliant physicists – geniuses in the laboratory but socially challenged everywhere else. Enter beautiful, street-smart neighbor Penny, who aims to teach them a thing or two about life. Despite their on-again, off-again relationship in the past, Leonard and Penny have finally gotten married.
Even Sheldon has found a female companion, entering into a "relationship agreement" with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, and he recently took their relationship to the next level by proposing marriage.
In their free time, Leonard and Sheldon enjoy fantasy role-playing games with their ever-expanding universe of friends, including fellow scientists Koothrappali, Wolowitz and Wolowitz's adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette, who is adjusting to life with their new baby girl. (CBS)