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Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Chuck Lorre decided The Big Bang Theory couldn't go on without Jim Parsons' Sheldon
It was Big Bang co-creator Lorre who ultimately made the decision to end the hit sitcom after 12 seasons. According to Deadline, Parsons told Lorre last Friday that Season 12 would be his final season, which led to an unsuccessful last-ditch attempt to change his mind over the weekend. After Wednesday's table read for the Season 12 premiere, Lorre summoned the cast to his office and gave the floor to Parsons, who tearfully announced his decision, reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "With the entire room still reeling from the shock, I hear Lorre revealed that the series too would not go beyond Season 12," reports Andreeva. Entertainment Weekly previously reported that Parsons turned down a two-year contract worth more than $50 million to stay because he was ready to move on. Andreeva adds that "Lorre made the decision not to continue with the show unless all key auspices were coming back. Parsons is one of the series’ 'big three,' along with Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco. Lorre had publicly said he would not do the series without any of the original three leads. Additionally, Parsons’ character on Big Bang, Sheldon Cooper, is at the center of the Big Bang prequel series Young Sheldon. I hear Parsons informed Lorre about his decision to leave after the end of the season on Friday, when I hear renewal talks with CBS were still ongoing. I hear there was an effort over the weekend to persuade him to change his mind, which was unsuccessful." This morning, Parsons paid tribute to the show's cast, crew and fans in a lengthy Instagram post.
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 1:52PM EDT
Jim Parsons pens an emotional tribute to The Big Bang Theory cast, crew and fans
Source: E! Online
Parsons posted a lengthy statement to Instagram accompanied by a picture of the cast on Day 1 of filming the final season premiere. "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 writes. "Something else I feel grateful for—and this gratitude needs no time to ‘sink in' or become more ‘realized;' this grateful-feeling is always with me but is multiplied in this moment of us announcing our final season—but I feel such intense gratitude for our devoted viewers who are the ACTUAL reason we have been graced with the opportunity to explore these characters for 12 years of our lives."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Report: Jim Parsons is responsible for The Big Bang Theory ending after 12 seasons
Source: Entertainment Weekly
CBS wanted to extend the hit sitcom for two more years, through Season 14, but Parsons "was ready to walk away," according to Entertainment Weekly. "With a reported salary near $1 million per episode, Parsons — along with his four original costars Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg — stood to make more than $50 million including profits if he agreed to stay on TBBT for two more years, which is what CBS was trying to negotiate," reports EW's Lynette Rice. "But Parsons was ready to say goodbye to the ensemble sitcom that made him a household name." As she points out, there is no Big Bang Theory without Dr. Sheldon Cooper. ALSO: Geeks are rejoicing over The Big Bang Theory news.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Jim Parsons credits Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" with kickstarting his acting career
The Big Bang Theory star told Jimmy Fallon: "I was getting ready, trying to get focused for these auditions for these schools and something about that song and especially that video really worked for me. Obviously not in a sexual way, I'm a good gay, but there was something inspirational to me."
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory boss: There was a lot of cutting thanks to our big Season 11 finale cast and script
"Usually our scripts come in at about 40, 45 pages. This one was about 65 pages," says showrunner Steve Holland, who adds: "The trickiest part was juggling this big cast of characters. We had so many great people coming in and we had so many little story threads (to service)."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Jim Parsons felt intimidated meeting Stephen Hawking on The Big Bang Theory set
Source: Page Six
“It was just, it was an amazing experience. It was an intimidating one," he says. "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable. … To get to finally meet him was, it was just overwhelming...And it’s one of the things that’s kind of bittersweet in a way because once he’s passed now and now we’re talking about him, it really hammers home how fortunate I was to get to be with him. "
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
The Big Bang Theory considered every possibility when Sheldon popped the question to Amy
“We considered all the options,” says new showrunner Steve Holland. “Our first thought was that she would say yes, but we threw the doors open wide and discussed every possibility. We (debated) whether finding out about the kiss would be enough to make her turn down the proposal.”
Posted Tuesday 9/26/17 at 2:26AM EDT
Young Sheldon unexpectedly does something interesting and artistically exciting
CBS' Big Bang Theory spinoff is “at once better and worse than what you’d expect,” says Todd VanDerWerff. He adds: “It’s more or less an attempt to reboot The Wonder Years with the protagonist of an already popular sitcom reminiscing about his younger self. (Yes, Old Sheldon portrayer Jim Parsons is on hand to offer voiceover.) As such, it has a softer, more nostalgic, more film-like style, one that would likely result in tonal whiplash behind the more populist Big Bang Theory if the two didn’t feature literally the same main character.”
- It’s not a show designed for Big Bang Theory viewers who want frequent jokes
- Young Sheldon succeeds because it’s the anti-Big Bang Theory
It’s hung up on a main character who we know isn’t going to change for the better
Posted Thursday 8/31/17 at 4:54AM EDT
CBS’ Les Moonves on Young Sheldon: “It was the quickest pitch and the quickest yes in the history of television”
Source: The New York Times
“Chuck (Lorre) said, ‘Sheldon, East Texas, 9 years old.’ I said, ‘Done!’” Moonves says of The Big Bang Theory spinoff. But not everybody was initially on board. Jim Parsons, who is serving as an executive producer, worried about the show’s lack of a studio audience, which was intended to make it easier on the young stars. “When I first heard it, I was like, ‘Oh no! Why!’” says Parsons. “I just thought, ‘But y’all are so gifted at that multicam format.”