The Big Bang Theory universe expands! New spin-off from showrunner Chuck Lorre in the works – after worldwide success of Young Sheldon
It’s official – The Big Bang Theory universe is expanding again.
Series creator Chuck Lorre, 70, who also is behind Young Sheldon, is in the early stages of developing another series based on the iconic sitcom which aired from 2007-2019, Variety reported.
The new series will stream on Max, the newly rebranded platform combining HBOMax and Discovery+.
No details of the plot have been released yet but it is believed to be an hour long series with new characters and Big Bang Theory stars will appear in guest spots.
The Big Bang Theory – starring Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki – ran for 12 seasons on CBS and brought in major ratings for the network. Young Sheldon has aired six seasons, is renewed for a seventh and is the most viewed sitcom on air.
Comeback: The Big Bang Theory universe is expanding yet again – with a new spin off series from creator Chuck Lorre heading to HBOMax (pictured the cast with Lorre end right)
Lorre is also the creator of Two and a Half Men, which was consistently the highest rated show on television during its 12 season run.
He also created Grace Under Fire, Dharma and Greg, Cybill, Bob Hearts Abishola, Mom and The Kominsky Method to name just a few of his credits.
The new series, if ordered, will be Lorre’s second for Max. How to be a Bookie, starring comedian Sebastian Maniscalco is currently in production.
And Cuoco has said in the past that she’d be open to a reunion show.
The 37-year-old actress, who starred as Penny in the comedy opposite Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, said that while she’d love to get back together with her former co-stars, it ‘still feel like yesterday’ that the show wrapped.
‘I think in a few years or whenever anyone’s open to it, I definitely will be down for that,’ Kaley added.
‘It was a life-changing experience for all of us, and it’d be great to do that for the fans, too, because we had such an amazing fan base that stuck with us for so long.’
Parsons, who shot to stardom playing Sheldon, also looks back on his time on the seminal series fondly.
In May 2018 he posted a shout out to his Big Bang Theory cast mates in an Instagram post along with a shot in which he posed with costars Mayim Bialik, Cuoco, Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch.
End of an era: The Big Bang Theory ran for 12 seasons and wrapped up in 2019
Runaway hit: Young Sheldon has aired six seasons, is renewed for a seventh and is the most viewed sitcom on air (pictured Iain Armitage as Sheldon)
‘I am so terribly grateful for the cast in this picture and the cast members who aren’t pictured here – whether they were in one scene or many episodes along the way; you are all my playmates that I have fallen in love with and who have become a part of my life on set and off,’ he said.
He continued: ‘You are my playmates when we don’t feel like playing but have to because it’s our job to get out there and communicate and pretend we’re these other fictional people and we look into each other’s eyes and say these words and end up creating this weird, other reality that has enriched my life more than I will fully ever understand.
‘I will miss all of you and all of this more than I can say and more than I can know at this time.’
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