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Well, it was pound to happen. I think the second I heard about The Big Bang Theory being in negotiations for renewal I knew there as only one inevitable conclusion. The last time Bbt was up for renewal, CBS made all fans pleased by ensuring the sitcom would be around for three years. Now those three years are almost gone and it only made perfect sense for CBS to make the same deal all over again. That’s right, folks, Bbt will be back for another three seasons, guaranteeing the series will be around until 2017. And for those of us who are marginally apathetic about the series: yay?
CBS managed to make the new deal with Warner Bros. Television with a licensing fee of, according to Deadline, $4 million-$5 million per episode, which is a strikingly high number for a comedy. But, as we all know, Bbt is TVs highest rated sitcom, »
- Brody Gibson
Some geeks like them, some geeks loathe them, but they are not going anywhere: the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory has been picked up by CBS for another three seasons, with several other Chuck Lorre series waiting in the wings for negotiations.
In an unsurprising turn of events, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three years, almost entirely without controversy. The series has been one of the most consistent money-makers for CBS, garnering consistent ratings and year-to-year gains over its past seven seasons. While the series has received some criticism from various communities, particularly in regards to its over-simplistic representation of geek/nerd culture, it continues to maintain favor over a widespread demographic.
The next step for The Big Bang Theory negotiations is to complete salary talks with the show’s leads, particularly Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. The three are expected to eventually hit »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Fans of The Big Bang Theory rejoice! The hit U.S. sitcom has been renewed for a further three seasons by CBS, meaning that the show will air at least until 2017, at which point it will have reached its tenth season.
The series is currently in its seventh season, and has been pulling in record viewers for CBS, while stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are currently in negotiations about extending their contracts with what will surely be wallet-bursting deals for Warner Bros. Television.
"Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television," said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. "This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We »
- Gary Collinson
CBS has made a huge commitment to "The Big Bang Theory," giving it a huge three-season renewal. The pickup runs through the show's 10th season in 2016-17.
Given its status as the runaway top-rated comedy on TV, a renewal for next season was never in doubt. A three-season renewal, however, is pretty unusual for almost any show -- except "Big Bang," which is at the tail end of a three-season deal CBS gave the show in 2011.
"This multiyear deal further strengthens our network's position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler says. "We're proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of [executive producers] Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week."
So far this season, "The Big Bang Theory" is averaging 19.8 million viewers, third-best on the »
The Big Bang Theory was canceled… Bazinga! In actuality, CBS announced Wednesday that the smash sitcom has been renewed for not just one, but three more seasons. If our calculations are correct, this means that geeky comedy will reach a total of ten seasons in the 2016-2017 television year before any further negotiations are needed. It's time to through a [insert your favorite nerdy thing here] themed party! The Big Bang Theory continues to be a weekly hit for CBS, snagging its highest ratings to date in its current seventh season—a feat that is typically unheard of in today's post-Friends world. On average Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and the others bring in 19.779 »
Deal for primetime’s No. 1 comedy runs through the 2016-17 season, shoring up a cornerstone of CBS’ schedule. “Big Bang” has logged its highest ratings to date this season, its seventh, averaging 19.79 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/19 share in adults 18-49.
“Big Bang” is the brightest star in Chuck Lorre’s constellation of CBS comedies. Lorre and Bill Prady co-created the series and exec produce with Steven Molaro, who has been showrunner for the past two seasons.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television, »
- Brian Steinberg
The Big Bang Theory, currently in its seventh season, has been renewed by CBS for at least three more years.
'Big Bang Theory' Renewed
It’s no surprise that CBS would make a move to secure The Big Bang Theory through to the 2016-17 season, as the sitcom has held the top sitcom spot among viewers since their 2010-2011 season. In fact, Tbbt’s viewership increased 4% last season, averaging 19.79 million viewers. It holds a 7.8 rating among adults ages 25-54 and a 6.1 rating among adults ages 18-49.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. “
From episode to episode, a lot of chatter surrounding "The Big Bang Theory" this season -- the show's seventh -- has been focused on the emotional journey of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, as the show has been quite remarkably intent on challenging the character to grow and mature. The attention the storyline is receiving is entirely justified, as it's rare for a show like this to allow its central character to continue to evolve this late in its run.
But in all that, another surprising emotional journey has gotten a bit overlooked. I'm talking, of course, about Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). This season has seen the aspiring actress take stock of her professional situation, go for broke by quitting her job as a waitress and devote all of her time and energy on landing that breakthrough role.
In Thursday's (March 6) episode, reality has begun to sink in for Penny. Having »
In Thursday's (Feb. 27) episode of the CBS comedy, something as innocuous as purchasing a dining room table for the apartment so everyone can stop eating their meals off their laps proves too much for the touchy nerd to handle.
The set-up is quite simple: Group dinners are growing uncomfortable, what with the limited space and all. A change is suggested: Buy a table to fit perfectly into that cluttered space in the apartment no one ever uses. The problem: Sheldon doesn't like change.
Except, what Sheldon's failed to realize is that he's been slowly changing all along. As Leonard (Johnny Galecki) points out when his roommate blames Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) for changing Leonard enough that he defied Sheldon and bought the table anyway, Sheldon's slowly »
Sheldon Cooper is one of the most interesting and hilariously dysfunctional characters on television today. While he has an above genius Iq level, he can be immensely stupid. His greatest flaw, although he would say otherwise, is hubris, and that flaw causes him to continuously put himself in situations that are difficult or at times life-threatening. His need to constantly be the smartest person in the room is always his undoing, and we meet someone who finally forces him to live with the consequences of his actions.
Our quartet of scientists are attending a department function to welcome the new head of the Physics department, Dr. Eric Gablehauser (Mark Harelik - Jurassic Park III), and before it even begins, Sheldon is complaining to Leonard how much he hates these events. Furthermore, he reveals how little regard he has for Gablehauser, who has written several books on the subject of physics »
Girlfriends alumna Tracee Ellis Ross is set to star opposite Anthony Anderson in his untitled ABC pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class black man (Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Ross is repped by Impression, Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller. Australian actress Natasha Bassett has rounded out the cast of Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. It centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man (Jon Heder) she gets married — and her new husband (David James Elliott) and his three teenage children move in. Bassett plays Emma, a pretty and smart but rebellious 17-year-old who’s upset her dad »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After 15 years of impressive. work in Australian films and TV series, Don Hany has the chance to make a name for himself in the Us.
Hany will play George Mann, a trauma surgeon for a Us military hospital inspired by the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Caring for injured servicemen takes its toll on Hany.s character. The pilot was written by Chris Keyser (Party of Five, Sisters) and will be produced by Mandeville TV and ABC Studios for the ABC network.
- Don Groves
Jon Heder is set to star opposite Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott in Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt and producers Johnny Galecki and Stephen McPherson. The Warner Bros-produced multi-camera comedy (known as Here’s Your Damn Family) centers on a stunted, intelligent but underachieving, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man (Heder) living with his mom (Kaczmarek) who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married — and her new husband (Elliott) plus his three teenage children move in. Napoleon Dynamite and Blades Of Glory star Heder is repped by Gersh, Mosaic and Jackie Eckhouse. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Jag alum David James Elliott is set to co-star opposite Jane Kaczmarek in Here’s Your Damn Family, Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. The Warner Bros. TV-produced multi-camera comedy centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom (Kaczmarek) who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married — and her new husband (Elliott) plus his three teenage children move in. Elliott’s Mike is a ruggedly handsome, straightforward, ‘man’s man’ widower. Also cast in the pilot are Peter DaCunha and Brendan Meyer as two of Mike’s three children. Elliott is repped by Gersh and manager Jeffrey Goldberg. DaCunha is with Coast to Coast; Meyer is with Gersh and Pay Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Consider it a Valentine's Day miracle: Sheldon Cooper is embracing romance.
During Thursday's (Feb. 6) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," the series' early celebration of all things Valentine's, the gawky doc and his beleaguered girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) took a remarkable step forward when he finally, finally kissed her.
Sure, it was at the tail end of a date aboard a restored classic train that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) epically ruined by ignoring Amy and bonding with a brain-damaged man obsessed with trains. And it came in the same episode where he referred to his long-suffering love as Princess Corncob, Fester and Gollum.
But it was a kiss! A real kiss. A long kiss. One that Sheldon initiated, however spitefully in the beginning, and seemed to genuinely enjoy. This is uncharted territory for a show that, seven season in, has been all about pushing its characters to the outer limits of their comfort zones. »
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco hopes Leonard and Penny will follow her lead down the aisle. The actress, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve, thinks the time is right for Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny to tie the knot on the CBS hit. "I'm ready for them to get married," Cuoco tells THR with a laugh. "Maybe because I just got married -- so come on Penny and Leonard, it's been six years! It took us six months! But I hope that's in the cards for them." Photos: 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest
- Lesley Goldberg
Pull out your pocket watches because it's almost time for The Big Bang Theory! The CBS smash comedy's annual Valentine's Day episodes are always a fan-favorite treat, and this year, viewers are being gifted with something so much sweeter than a box of chocolates: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on a train. That's right, our locomotive-enthusiast is taking a romantic rendezvous up to Napa via train on a double date with his lady Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). And as for Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco)? The rekindled couple is opting for a "quiet weekend at home," but of course, the beauty and the geek duo are bound to get into »
The veteran comic is due to return to the CBS comedy for another go-round in his Emmy-winning role of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) childhood idol Professor Proton, TVLine reports.
Newhart's return, to air later this season, will mark his third appearance on the series. He first popped up last season and made his encore this past November, in an episode that also welcomed a cameo from Bill Nye.
There are no details on what exactly brings Newhart's character back into our favorite nerds' lives, but you can bet it'll be funny.
"The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS. »
No matter which way you slice it, Budweiser was top dog at Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Both TiVo and the USA Today Ad Meter named the brand’s heart-tugging “Puppy Love” spot to be the night’s most popular commercial, give or take a Seinfeld reunion. (Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee halftime spot was actually first on TiVo’s list, though the company acknowledges that it wasn’t a true paid advertisement.) The ad, a callback to last year’s similarly “aww”-inducing “Brotherhood,” dramatizes the friendship between an adorable puppy and a magnificent Clydesdale — and shows »
- Hillary Busis
Advance marketing campaigns have largely leeched the thrill of discovery out of Super Bowl advertising, since many of the spots were exposed before the game. Of course, that logic seems less assailable given that the game itself was essentially over on the first play of the second half, making viewing optional if you really gave a damn about who wins.
The level of perceived creativity in Super Bowl advertising has taken on a life of its own, which has led to the content generally being overrated. Moreover, one of the biggest sponsor categories — movie studios — are invariably challenged to come up with genuinely breakthrough creative, since a trailer is pretty much a trailer, the only difference here being the size of the stage and cost of the platform.
That said, watching the game like a regular fan (including a couple of pale ales just to complete the effect), here’s »
- Brian Lowry
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