Rebooting the longest-running sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ can save CBS’s sinking ship.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ had an explosive finale last year, although it was the year that saw the cult drama ‘Game of Thrones’ bidding adieu. The ending of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ was the end of an era for CBS. The series ruled the network for twelve long years and became a global phenomenon. Undoubtedly, it was the most-watched shows on US television. You can imagine the amount of revenue it generated for CBS.
- ‘The Big Bang Theory’: What went wrong when everything was bang on
- Why ‘The Big Bang Theory’ reboot can be a game-changer for CBS?
- Possibilities of season 13
To survive the tornado of Netflix and other streaming platforms, cable TV networks like CBS should focus on their strengths.
Scroll down to know how rebooting ‘The Big Bang Theory’ can turn the fortunes of the network.
‘The Big Bang Theory’: What went wrong when everything was bang on?
If you are still blaming the network or Chuck Lorre for ending the series, you have chosen the wrong culprit. Chuck had chalked out season 13 and season 14 before Jim Parsons (who played the lead role of Sheldon Cooper) declared that he is dropping out of the show. Yes, it was Jim who led to the cancellation of the series.
He was offered whooping 30 million dollars for each episode, but he denied, leaving everyone gobsmacked. He told “The Hollywood Reporter”: “It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after [season] 12 was up, I don’t know if it’s because I’m an Aries or just because maybe I’m in touch with myself. Whatever it is, once I had that thought, I was like, ‘Well, that’s your answer.’” It was confirmed that Jim had moved on from playing Sheldon Cooper for 12 long years. There were certain things going in his life that all led to this decision.
Find out how rebooting the longest-running sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ will save CBS’s sinking ship.
“There was no factor; there was no situation that I was like, ‘Well, I’ve had enough of that’. No. There was nothing like that. It was just … when you know, you know. And you’re susceptible and thrown around by the whims of your own existence and getting to a certain age and your life changes and suddenly you just think different.” If you want to blame someone, you can blame Jim Parsons for killing the longest-running sitcom. You wouldn’t be able to do so because Jim has very tragic reasons associated with his decision. Know more about it here.
Why ‘The Big Bang Theory’ reboot can be a game-changer for CBS?
With the arrival of Netflix and other streaming giants, cable TV networks have lost their dominance. Audiences are more and more drawn to the new technology that offers binge-worthy shows. To compete with the OTT platforms, cable TV networks are reinventing their strategies. CBS also faces the same challenges as other channels.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ was a huge crowd-puller for the network. It established itself as America’s most-watched TV series till the end. We can imagine the revenue it would have generated for the network. In fact, most streaming platforms are buying long-running sitcoms like ‘The Big Bang Theory’, ‘Friends’, and ‘The Office’, etc. Because fans love to watch these shows over and over again.
By rebooting ‘The Big Bang Theory’, CBS can draw back those fans who have moved over from the network to platforms like Netflix. It would be a remarkable strategy for CBS to solidify their base in the competition with new players.
Possibilities of season 13
As per now, the possibility of the reboot of ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ seems dim. But we can watch the spin-off series ‘Young Sheldon’ on the same network. COVID led shutdown has disturbed the scheduling of most of the shows. Most of the producers are not pondering over the idea of rebooting right now. It does not mean that ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 13 can never see the light of the day. It might happen if Jim Parsons changes his mind after a few years. Other cast members have already given their nod for the reboot.
Till then, catch on the previous episodes of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and drop your thoughts about the show in the comments box below.