Bazinga! ‘The Big Bang Theory’ crew go their separate ways in their 50s but reunite on season 13.
- Why did the series end after season 12?
- Chuck Lorre regrets not continuing a couple more seasons.
- When will the cast and crew reunite for season 13?
Why did the series “end” after season 12?
Originally, the show wasn’t meant to end until season 14. TBBT creator Chuck Lorre and the other producers had been talking about brand new seasons when season 12 was about to commence. However, they eventually decided on not taking the idea forward.
The reason was simple. Jim Parsons aka Sheldon Cooper had decided to move on from the show. “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”, Parsons told ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
“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’”, he added.
According to an online report, at the time when Parsons had told the producers that he did not want to be a part of the show anymore, he was offered 50 million dollars to do season 13, but he chose to “end things for good”. But how good has it been for the actor after the season finale?
Chuck Lorre regrets not continuing a couple more seasons
In an interview with ‘USA TODAY’, TBBT co-creator Chuck Lorre describes how difficult it was to hold the “clapper” board before filming the last episode. “I almost couldn’t do it. I didn’t really think that it would be difficult, but as soon as they put that thing in my hands, I started to choke”, says Lorre, who created the series with Bill Prady. “It was loaded with significance. It was the last take of ‘The Big Bang Theory’”, he expressed.
In the same interview, he also discussed how much of an impact Jim Parsons’ exit had on the future of the show as he said–
“When Jim announced this would be his last year – that’s an obvious decision as an artist, to try other things, play other characters – then we had to make a decision: Do we want to do the show without him? The real thing is: Do we want to do the show without any of the principal characters? I was of the mind that the ensemble was perfect the way it was, and I didn’t want to continue with a major absence”.
However, when asked about whether he would’ve been happy to create more seasons, he had the best answer possible. Absolutely. “We’re still having a good time, and I’m really proud of the work. And a lot of people had gainful employment. There are many reasons to keep it going”, he exclaimed.
When will the cast and crew reunite for season 13?
Working on a show for 12 years is a long enough time to call one’s co-stars and the crew equivalent to family. Jim Parsons was 33 when he had taken up his role as Sheldon Cooper.
So keeping in mind that the rest of the cast and crew were probably around his age and older, it is fascinating to know that members from the crew were in their 50s when the show ended. If the series were to continue with a few more seasons, they would practically reach the universal retirement age by the time the show ended.
Hasn’t the show already ended though? Yes, it has but only if Chuck Lorre would want it to. In every interview he has ever given, he has expressed how much he would’ve loved to continue the show. At the same time, other casts from the show like Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik, from time to time, share posts on social media to convey how much they miss the show.
While there has been no official confirmation yet, in due time the showrunners will realise the great seasons they could create if they all worked in unison as they did for the past 12 seasons.
Do you think Jim Parsons should come as Sheldon Cooper in season 13 or would the show be better off without him? Do you miss ‘The Big Bang Theory’? Let us know in the comment section below!