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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 9:11PM EST
Chuck Lorre unveils his 600th vanity card across The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom
The mega-producer offered a two-parter for Vanity Card #600. Lorre has been writing vanity cards across his six comedies, including Mike & Molly, Dharma & Greg and Two and a Half Men. "As I write this, my six hundredth vanity card, I find myself fantasizing about a time, far in the future, when my cards have inexplicably become the scriptural basis for a new religion," writes Lorre. "Like in the classic sci-fi novel A Canticle For Leibowitz, each card would be studied, pondered and argued over by hermetic monks who fervently believe them to be documents of divine origin. In this imagined future, chaste and smelly men in threadbare woolen robes happily devote their entire lives trying to understand the entirely not esoteric words of me. And this would go on for thousands of years. Generation after generation of completely misguided wisdomseekers would write treatises on pointless essays that I wrote in a hurry (like this one)."
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 5:24PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory cast members have finally become good at fake-eating
The well-paid stars, says Devon Ivie, "were some of the worst fake-eaters in the history of television. The worst. Pieces of chicken are picked up, looked at, and gently put down. A salad is somehow cut to smithereens with a knife...That is, until this 12th (and final) season debuted. Something happened. It was a marvel. The characters began to — how do I put this? — pick up food with utensils and actually put it into their mouths, swallowing, et al."
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Chuck Lorre uses his Big Bang Theory vanity card to call President Trump a "fascist"
Lorre didn't use Trump's name in last week's vanity card. Instead, he addressed God: "I humbly beseech thee to make thy presence known on November 6th," Lorre wrote. "Demonstrate your omnipotence through us as we make ink marks on little circles in curtained booths. Of course if you, in your divine wisdom, believe a fascist, hate-filled, fear-mongering, demagogic, truth-shattering, autocratic golf cheater is what we need right now, then, you know, thy will be done."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Jim Parsons is the highest-paid TV actor, Andrew Lincoln is No. 10
Parsons and his Big Bang Theory co-stars Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg rank as the Top 4 highest-paid TV actors in Forbes' annual list. The Top 10 also features the four male stars of Modern Family, NCIS' Mark Harmon and, new to the Top 10, The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
Kunal Nayyar: The Big Bang Theory is shooting the series finale on my birthday, April 30
“Life comes full circle," Nayyar says of filming the final episode on his 38th birthday. He tells Ellen: “I’m still trying to process all of it because it’s been such a big part of my life, obviously. It’s given me all the blessings in the world. Right now, I’m just showing up on time and focused on working.”
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Manifest debuts strong, The Big Bang Theory drops 41% in the demo, Magnum P.I. places third in its timeslot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC's Manifest premiered as the No. 2-rated show of Monday night, building on The Voice's viewership with 10.3 million viewers. The Big Bang Theory returned for its final season down 41% in the 18-49 demo. Magnum P.I., with 8.1 million viewers, came in third place in its timeslot, losing to 9-1-1 and The Voice.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 9:40PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory's final season won't be one big long farewell
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The decision to make Season 12 the final season didn't impact any storylines, says showrunner Steve Holland. "Our goal is to make a really strong, really funny season, and then also find a way to end it in a way that seems satisfying," he says. "But it's nice to actually have the time to do that. It would have been hard, I think, if we'd found out in February or March that it was the end and with only a few episodes left to go (in terms of the writing process). This really lets us take our time and plan things out in a way that we don't always do."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
Bob Newhart is set to make a final appearance on The Big Bang Theory
Newhart is expected to appear as Arthur Jeffries/Prof Proton on the farewell season of the CBS comedy.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory is bringing back Keith Carradine
He'll reprise his role as Penny's dad on the final season of the CBS sitcom.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Why The Big Bang Theory's staunchest haters are wrong
Source: The Verge
"I don’t mean to dismiss the complaints of BBT haters out of hand. The show does still think it’s hilarious that certified geniuses struggle with social interactions and fashion," says Noel Murray. "But," he adds, "it’d be nice if everyone who slams The Big Bang Theory for what they insist is a sneering attitude toward geekdom would recognize how knowledgeable (Chuck) Lorre, (Bill) Prady, and their writers actually are about all the things their haters love. Some shows that reference comic books or science fiction movies make up intentionally silly titles, like Wonder Lad or Galaxy Warriors. On BBT, even the jokes are nearly always about real properties: The Flash, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and so forth. The same goes whenever Sheldon and Leonard talk about technology or physics...By spring 2019, a major network will have spent 12 years airing a massively popular show about brilliant scientists who look forward to Comic-Con, think action figures are cool, and have healthy, fulfilling relationships with each other and with the opposite sex. At a time when superhero movies top the box office and technology wonks like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are household names, The Big Bang Theory has helped promote the idea that nerds are the new normal."
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 Wednesday 8/22/18 at 6:30PM EDT
Kaley Cuoco is "drowing in tears" over The Big Bang Theory ending
"This ride has been a dream come true and as life changing as it gets," she wrote on Instagram after Season 12 was confirmed as the final season of her CBS sitcom. "No matter when it was going to end , my heart would have always been broken in two. Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season yet. To the fans, our crew, families, Chuck Lorre, Warner Brothers , CBS, and everyone who has supported us for so many years, thank you. We are goin out with a bang."
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 2:39PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory to end this year with Season 12
On Aug. 5, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said at the TV press tour "we don't believe it's the final year" and "we are in preliminary discussions to renew the show with Warner Bros." Today, The Big Bang Theory producers announced that the sitcom won't go beyond the upcoming Season 12. “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons," Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement. "We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”