After 12 glorious seasons and 10 Emmys, The Big Bang Theory is finally coming to an end, CBS announced today. And sorry, this isn't some joke that ends with "BAZINGA!" This is for real.
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close," Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said in a joint statement.
From its earwig-y theme song by The Barenaked Ladies, to the copious science and pop culture cameos, the nerd-based sitcom carved a nice little niche for itself within the landscape of American television for over 10 years. Moreover, the character of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) will be remembered alongside the Columbo, the Fonz, and Walter White as one of the greatest TV icons ever to grace the small screen of the idiot box.
Since The Big Bang Theory revolved around a group of nerds and nerd culture, it was fortunate to get a ton of guest starts that included: Mark Hamill, Brent Spiner, Stephen Hawking, Billy Nye, Bob Newhart, Elon Musk, Nathan Fillion, James Earl Jones, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee, Katee Sackhoff, Adam West, Steve Wozniak, Raymond Joseph Teller, Buzz Aldrin, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Summer Glau, Neil deGrasse Tyson, LeVar Burton, and, of course, Wil Wheaton, who had a recurring role as himself on the show.
The series was also a big hit in the real-world scientific community, newly-discovered species of bees and jellyfish named after different aspects of the show. UCLA even created The Big Bang Theory Scholarship, meant for college students studying in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory premieres on CBS Thursday, Sep. 27. It will run until May 2019 and close out the show with a record-breaking 279 episodes. Since the folks behind the sitcom will want to go out with a bang (pun intended), you can probably expect a ton of high-profile celebrity cameos to be coming at you all season long.