The Big Bang Theory renewed for Three Seasons. The CBS comedy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory has been given a three year renewal. Such a large renewal is not unprecedented but is reserved for the largest TV series (ratings-wise) on the airwaves. The renewal will keep The Big Bang Theory on air “through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ 10th…This marks Big Bang‘s second consecutive three-season pickup.” The “original cast members Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting…Currently at about $350,000 per episode…are projected to get to the Friends cast mark of $1 million an episode.”
The pickup of The Big Bang Theory is no surprise. “The Big Bang Theory is head and shoulders above any non-sports series on broadcast TV and still posts year-to-year gains seven seasons into its run. Season to date, the comedy is averaging 19.79 million viewers in most current ratings ( up 4% from last season), and 6.1/19 in adults 18-49…Big Bang…is the highest-rated series in syndication, propelling TBS to No. 1 in adults 18-49, has garnered three Emmy Award nominations for best series and has won three Emmys for star Parsons.”
On the background of The Big Bang Theory:
The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007. The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2013.
The show is primarily centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense.
Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard’s girlfriend (later his wife), a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after being matched to Sheldon on a dating website (and later becomes Sheldon’s girlfriend), and Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit.
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