THE END – The American channel CBS announced on Wednesday that the 12th season of "The Big Bang Theory" would be the last. If the show has not been so good in recent years, it leaves behind a tribute to geek culture and it is an indelible impression in terms of wartime wars in the television industry across the Atlantic.
– Delphine DE FREITAS
The most famous group of geeks on the small screen is about to bow. "The Big Bang Theory" will officially end in May, after a 12th season that will last more than a decade, alongside Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter & co. "We, as well as the cast, the writers and the technical teams, are very grateful for the success of the series and strive to deliver a final season that will be an epic hit on the creative side of the show ", say in a statement Warner Bros. Television, the American channel CBS and productions Chuck Lorre.
A promise that would be good to hold because the intrigue and humor that & # 39; The Big Bang Theory & # 39; characterized, in recent years a step lower than she was accustomed to us. Too simple, less funny and often disappointing. So seeing the show stop in 2019 is ultimately no surprise for anyone. And actually rather good news. US media reports that CBS has tried everything to convince his star Jim Parsons (1 Golden Globe and 4 Emmy Awards) to win another two seasons. But the 45-year-old actor preferred to take the tangent, and led to the end of the whole. Because without Sheldon no series.
Most fans will undoubtedly immerse themselves in the "Young Sheldon" series about the youthful physicist (but not surprising because his "mother gave him tests) whose second season starts in September." Jim Parsons, executive producer, also plays the narrators For the others, LCI takes stock of a show that, in 280 episodes of 22 minutes, leaves everything that happens on the history of the small screen.
Leonard, Sheldon and Penny put their first steps on television in the fall of 2007 at the same time as "Gossip Girl" and "Mad Men". With the controllers? Chuck Lorre, the king of the sitcom who four years earlier with Charlie Sheen & # 39; My Uncle Charlie & # 39; launched. The idea came to him "in his kitchen" while he spoke with Bill Prady, co-creator of "The Big Bang Theory". "He told me about the time he worked in New York as a computer scientist and his colleagues in the nineties, they were geniuses, but they were very strange," he says. Biiinge.
They throw viewers into the daily lives of young scientists who use words every day that the majority of the population (including us) do not understand. Americans, accustomed to medical series, are not deterred and are 9.5 million for their small screen for the pilot's broadcast. String theory, Higgs boson … All scientific elements that are evoked – including the comparisons on the board – are authentic, verified by physicist advisers on the board.
Twelve years later, this property is even more important, as emphasized by Chuck Lorre in it Télérama last year: "Remember that the importance of science is not trivial in a world where the facts weigh less and less … Especially in America!"
Guests crowding each other
In addition to popularizing science among the youngest, the Big Bang Theory & # 39; the biggest names in their field. The late Stephen Hawking is credited in seven episodes but has become almost a recurring character in the course of the seasons by being mentioned by Sheldon. The second man who walked on the moon, Buzz Aldrin also passed the "luxury guests" box, such as the boss of Tesla Elon Musk and the co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak.
A love letter to pop culture and comic generation, the series quickly became the obligatory passage of the heroes from our childhood. Stan Lee (the father of the Marvel universe), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader in & # 39; Star Wars & # 39;), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), George Takkei ( Star Trek) or more recently Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) rubbed our heroes. Their respective parents are often portrayed by big names in American cinema, from Christine Baranski (Leonard's mother) to Laurie Metcalf (the mother of Sheldon), to Kathy Bates (Amy's mother). You are challenged to find such a prestigious list from the series of recent years. What to remember "Friends" in the great era …
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And this is not the only thing that corresponds to the cult sitcom of the years 1990-2000. Just like their elders, Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) also received $ 1 million per episode. And like their elders, the original cast had to fight for its rise, putting the filming of season 8 at risk if they did not win. On 24 episodes per season, everyone left with a $ 24 million check at the end of the year.
"Apart from the stars of" Friends ", this amount on television is unmatched", note Forbes. Extravagant amounts that are explained by the success of the series, long one of the most watched by Americans with an average of 18 million viewers. Remarkable point: it is absolutely essential for them to enjoy TBBT via CBS or the repetition service, because the show is absent on all Netflix streaming platforms in the United States. Those who say loudly say strong advertising revenues. So all actors tried to get their piece of the pie. Last year our quintet was adjusted downwards by $ 100,000 per cachet per episode to increase Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and (Mayim Bialik Amy). A financial big bang that should inspire others.