CBS just gave us a big ol’ dose of good news when they announced that the next installment of the blockbuster show The Big Bang Theory season 12 will begin on September 24th, followed by their other hit show Young Sheldon. After the season 12 premiere on Monday the 24th, the show will move back to its original time slot on Thursday nights, starting on September 27th.
That’s right, we get two new episodes in the first week! This is great news for all of us who sit and watch re-runs on TBS day after day, just passing the time until new episodes are released.
After season 11 wrapped, there were mumblings of season 12 being the show’s final run, as they were renewed for only two more years after season 10. Nothing has been confirmed or denied either way, but as it stands, season 12 is the show’s last season officially under contract.
Back in May, executive producer Steve Holland told EW in an interview, “We’ve talked about if next season is the end where we would like to leave these characters, so we have some general plans. But we really haven’t sat down and done the nitty-gritty of talking about the specifics of what exactly needs to happen.”
If The Big Bang Theory season 12 really is the show’s last and final hurrah, it seems like they’ll have a lot of loose ends to tie up, and story plot points to hit. If you remember, season 11 ended with Amy and Sheldon’s long-awaited wedding that we were certain would never really happen, but it did. You’re lying if you say you didn’t tear up just a little bit!
In some good news, once season 11 was over, CBS expressed interest in renewing the monstrously successful show beyond a season 12, regardless of Johnny Galecki confirming to TVLine that the cast and crew felt that ending after season 12 would be a good spot to end.
In a conversation with Deadline, CBS entertainment president Kelly Kahl said, “As long as Chuck [Lorre] and his team have stories to tell, we will take the show for as long as they want to go. We can take a few more seasons.”
So, it seems that the ball is back in the court of Chuck and the rest of the team. Of course, if they were to go beyond season 12, CBS would have to renegotiate the contracts of all the actors, which won’t be the easiest thing in the world, given that they are some of the highest-paid actors on television. As it stands, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons are all contracted for $1 million per episode, while Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each bring in $750,000 per episode. For these final two seasons, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik were only contracted for $100,000 per episode, well under what it seems they deserve since they’ve been on the show since season three.
Last year, the original five cast members each took a $100,000 pay cut to free up some money to put toward Rauch and Bialik’s salaries. In total, an extra $500,000 per episode was available to go to Rauch and Bialik, and we can only assume each of them got half, so would be making $350,000 each for seasons 11 and 12.
Remember: The Big Bang Theory season 12 premieres Monday, September 24th on CBS.