‘The Big Bang Theory’ going out with a bang
It’s been a ratings juggernaut throughout its 12-season, 279 episode run. It’s the longest-running multi-camera series in the entire history of television. It’s the first television series ever to be honored with the handprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The show, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, tells the tale of some pretty geeky geniuses – Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar). Kaley Cuoco stars as Penny, their neighbor, and in later episodes, Leonard’s love interest. Melissa Rauch plays Bernadette, Howard’s wife, and Mayim Bialik plays Amy, who eventually marries Sheldon.
Earlier this month, the stars of “The Big Bang Theory” received one of the most prestigious honors in all of entertainment when they left their handprints in cement at the above-mentioned TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Chuck Lorre, who not only co-created the show but is also executive producer, was a featured speaker at the event. “Having just wrapped the final episode the night before, we’re on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. But we can definitely count this iconic handprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre as one of the highs,” he remarked. “We’d like to thank all of our viewers who’ve supported us over the last 12 years and made an unforgettable event like this possible.”
Speculation is running rampant as to how the show will end, but the only known fact is that the two-part episode will find the gang going on a trip together, with everyone discovering important things about themselves and each other. What those things are will be revealed Thursday.
In a joint statement at the announcement of the end of the show’s run, Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre Productions and CBS said, “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.”
Well, that epic close is here, so don’t miss the one-hour series finale Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.