Fans went into a massive panic after Mayim Bialik posted a tweet seemingly bidding farewell to The Big Bang Theory this week. Has the wildly popular CBS sitcom been canceled? Or, is the actress departing from the show after?
Bialik, who plays the role of neuroscientist Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, took to social media on Tuesday night to share a cast photo. It was a typical on-set picture with her fellow The Big Bang Theory Season 10 stars. In fact, Kaley Cuoco even uploaded it to her Instagram account. But instead of feeling delighted, fans freaked out, no thanks to the accompanying caption Bialik’s photo had.
“Emotional night/month/year/season. A decade of big bang ended tonight,” it read. The actress was referring to the ten years the show has been on air but fans apparently assumed the worst. Some thought CBS suddenly axed the show from its lineup while others interpreted it as Bialik’s announcement of quitting the sitcom.
Emotional night/month/year/season. A decade of big bang ended tonight. pic.twitter.com/EKNmCuf2ft
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 26, 2017
After the tweet was posted, it gained a swift and frantic response from her fans and the series’ alike, most whom replied with a slew of memes. Check out some of their responses below:
I thought the show was renewed. What?
— Robin Artemis (@RobinArtemis1) April 26, 2017
I nearly dropped dead thinking you meant it was the last ever season? pic.twitter.com/Sq2C9NoPbl
— Megan Monroe (@monroemegs) April 26, 2017
Clearly, fans will be devastated once the show concludes for good. Thankfully, Leonard, Sheldon, Penny and the crew isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That, of course, includes Bialik’s character, Amy.
The Big Bang Theory Season 10 – What’s Next?
CBS officially picked up the hit comedy series for two more seasons last month. We can recall The Big Bang Theory was infested with cancellation rumors for months due to concerns over contractual negotiations and production cost. But the hurdles were finally cleared when the five original members of the series ensemble — Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — struck new deals with the studio.
Each of them took a 10% pay cut so supporting cast members Bialik and Melissa Rauch could increase their earnings from $100,000 per episode to $450,000. The two are expected to have their contracts be officially renewed soon.
Now, why does CBS keep Big Bang on the menu? For those who do not know, the show has been TV’s #1 comedy for five straight seasons in the key demographics, and it’s been outdoing other comedies in total viewership for even longer. In Season 10 alone, delayed viewing is earning The Big Bang Theory an average of 19.4 million viewers a week, with a whopping 5.9 rating with adults 18-49. If it weren’t for the contracts, nothing would stop the series from returning year after year.
For now, there isn’t much known about The Big Bang Theory Seasons 11 and 12. It’s likely, though that both will retain the same 24-episode orders. Exact premiere dates are yet to be announced as well but it will debut in Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, respectively.