The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end: “We are forever grateful to our fans"
After a 12-season run, it has been confirmed comedy hit TV show The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end. With a record-breaking 279 episodes, the final episode will air in May 2019.
While there was talk that the sitcom's network, CBS, was renewing the show for a 13th season, executive producer Chuck Lorre has put them to rest and has confirmed that the show has reached the end.
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons. 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,” WBTV, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.
One of the most popular shows on television, The Big Bang Theory has amassed a huge viewership, with season 11 averaging on 18.9 million viewers.
“The Big Bang Theory has been the defining comedy of its generation,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl.
“All of us at the Network take exceptional pride in this series that uniquely combines creative genius, commercial ratings success, cultural influence and characters who became so popular, they are easily known by just one name. We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre Productions and a brilliant cast and crew that has made such a ‘big bang’ and lasting legacy on the television landscape.”
The series, which has earned 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins, has garnered a loyal fan base. In 2015, the University of California Los Angeles announced its first-ever scholarship, which was named after the television series.
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship supports undergraduate students who are in need of financial assistance and are pursuing a career in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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