According to one of the main members of The Big Bang Theory team, the series could have lasted at least “two more years”.
Sheldon fans (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley cuoco, which has just paid tribute to the series), Amy (Mayim Bialik), Howard (Simon Helberg), Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) could have been entitled to an additional dose of their heroes … But things happened differently. Indeed, despite the popularity of The Big Bang Theory to the public, sitcom ended after twelve seasons of laughter. The reason ? Jim Parsons, who shattered his image of Sheldon thanks to the series Hollywood sure Netflix, wanted to open up to other roles. However, John Shaffner, the chief decorator of The Big Bang Theory, said in an interview with the site Subway, that it was originally planned to do even more episodes, until Jim Parsons decides to stop.
“Warner Bros. and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years“
John Shaffner explained in particular that the announcement of the discontinuation of the series was first revealed because rumors were circulating, while the actors were not yet aware: “The news of the end of the series was leaked because Warner Bros. [la société de production derrière la série] had prepared an explanation suitable for everyone, but the actors did not know it“The chief decorator went on to add:”What happened was that Jim Parsons had been in contact with Chuck Lorre [le co-créateur de la série] during a week when the shooting had been interrupted and told him that he could not come back anymore. And since Chuck had always said that if a member of the band left the series, then the series had to end. But Warner Bros. and CBS wanted to sign for about two more years“.
“Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco hugged and cried“
This announcement was therefore a big surprise for the actors, as revealed John Shaffner : “When I arrived on the set, I learned for this famous announcement. I went down on stage and saw Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco in the comic book store and they were hugging and crying. For a while, people had a hard time accepting the decision and the team was very disappointed.” However, John Shaffner admitted that he “really respected“the decision of Jim Parsons, by adding : “It’s better to go to the top. I really appreciated the way he went about it in his head. I knew it was difficult“.