Jim Parsons and other members of the cast are starting to cope with the idea of packing the CBS comedy after 12 seasons.
The stars of CBS & # 39; The big bang theory have started their farewell journey.
Producers Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday. Television that the next twelfth season of the nerdy comedy would be the last, with Big Bang theory Pack as the longest running multi-camera comedy of the TV in history with 279 episodes.
While co-creator Chuck Lorre and Warners promised an "epic creative end" to the series in their Wednesday speeches, cast members including Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (Sheldon) started to say goodbye to the show, making them famous names (and multi- millionaires).
In a long Instagram post, Parsons thanked the cast, crew and fans for the opportunity to Sheldon Cooper 12 seasons to play. "I feel very fortunate that we have 23 episodes to filming this season because I hope that with every piece my level of real acceptance of this fact will sink," Parsons placed next to a picture of the cast for the last season premiere taping . "I will miss you all and all this more than I can say and more than I can know at the moment."
Sources say that the decision to end the series was eventually reduced or Parsons wanted to return for extra episodes. If the Emmy-winning actor wants to come back for another season – what CBS wanted – the whole cast would have been followed. However, contracts for Parsons and the rest of the show's stars have risen after season 12 and new mega-deals would have been needed to bring the show back for a 13th season. The last deals of the cast were estimated at $ 900,000 per episode plus points from the show's lucrative back end, as well as general deals. (The original stars all took pay cuts of $ 100,000 per installment to bring Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch on a pay-parity basis in a show of support that illustrates how close the cast has become over the years.)
Partly original star Kunal Nayyar (Raj) also took to social media to express his gratitude. "There are no words in any language that can describe what my heart wants to say," he wrote. "The love I feel for all of you is limitless … I'm sleeping tonight with a prayer of gratitude on my lips, this is not goodbye … but still … 23 more episodes to shoot!"
Nayyar & # 39; s Raj is now the last remaining single-character in the show, which has slowly but surely turned into a family comedy. In the final season 11, Sheldon and Amy (Bialik) finally knotted what many old viewers expected to be the endgame of the show.
Kaley Cuoco called her Big bang experience "a dream come true and as life-changing as it gets." "It does not matter when it would end, my heart would always be broken in two," she wrote. "Drowning in tears, we promise to bring you the best season so far … We're off with a bang."
Cuoco was cast after CBS had rejected the original pilot Big Bang theory. She replaced Amanda Walsh as the character that would later become Penny when the pilot of the show was edited and eventually recorded in series.
Bialik, who came to the show as a recurring film for Parsons & # 39; Sheldon at the end of last season and received the regular promotion the following year, took her sadness on her blog by saying goodbye to Big Bang theory.
"This is difficult, I like coming to work and pretending to be Amy." She is a riot, she is me and I am her and soon she will not be mine to create, "wrote Bialik." It is very sad, I fear that it will be very difficult not to cry every day for the next 23 episodes! But as a cast, we want to bring joy to our viewers and we will continue to do so with the best of our collective assets. "
Co-creator Bill Prady showed how much he would appreciate his Big Bang theory "family" in a sincere post on Twitter.
"There are many ways to look at the decades Big Bang theory when we come to an end, but for me it will be the family that meets every week to create a real work of love. I will cherish my Big Bang family until the end of my days, "he wrote.
Prady exec produces co-creator Chuck Lorre and former show runner Steve Molaro. The final season will be led again by show runner Steve Holland while Molaro concentrates on Big Bang theory precursor Young Sheldon, star Parsons counts as an exec producer (and voiceover actor). Stars Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Rauch (Bernadette) have not yet responded. (We will update this post when / if they do.)
The big bang theoryThe last season comes back on Monday, September 24 when Sheldon and Amy honeymoon in New York and guest stars Teller and Kathy Bates return together with Neil deGrasse Tyson.