Good news, “The Big Bang Theory” fans. The series has been renewed for three more seasons, extending new episodes through the 2016-2017 season. Considering it’s TV’s most-watched comedy and the top-rated broadcast entertainment show among adults ages 18-49, renewal was inevitable; I’m just surprised that it was for multiple seasons.
CBS has also renewed 18 other shows for the 2014-2015 season: “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Person of Interest,” “CSI,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “2 Broke Girls,” “The Millers,” “Mike & Molly,” “Mom,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss,” “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and “The Big Bang Theory” is the biggest comedy force on television,” Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment has said of the multi-season renewal. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
Like I said above, I’m not surprised that “The Big Bang Theory” was one of CBS’ renewals for the 2014-2015 season because it’s entertaining every week. This is one of those shows that rarely disappoints, and I know if I tune in to a new episode – or even one of the many reruns you can find somewhere on TV in the evening – I’m going to be laughing a few times during that half hour.
That said, this does take the show through its 10th season, and that can be a slippery slope for a series. When a show has been around as long as this one and has been successful, you want to see it go out on a high note. Fortunately, what “The Big Bang Theory” has going for it is that there are always new pop culture references to be made, new shows for the guys to become fans of and follow (and get upset about if they’re canceled), career paths to be explored (like currently with Penny) and more ways for these characters to move forward in their lives and their relationships.
While I have faith that this multi-year renewal will turn out to be the right move, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some areas that the show needs to explore in these next three seasons to make sure that’s true:
Leonard and Penny have had their ups and downs, and at some point over these three seasons, something has to be made about their proposals.
Sheldon and Amy have taken a big step in their relationship this season with the Valentine’s Day train kiss, but I just hope their relationship doesn’t continue to progress at the same pace. I don’t mean anything physically, necessarily, but something has to move forward there.
We’ve seen Howard and Bernadette adjust to married life, Howard in space and their different financial situations. If the show is going to see how one of the couples handles having a baby, why not have it be them? We’ve seen Howard be a child via his relationship with his mother plenty of times. Wouldn’t it make sense to see how he handles being the parent?
Raj has made real progress since we first met him, and it seems only logical to, at some point over these three seasons, see that continue, perhaps in the different stages of a long-term relationship.
What do you think of “The Big Bang Theory’s” three season renewal? What would you like to see for your favorite characters?
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