Big Bang Theory Gets a Big Renewal

By Tim Surette

Jan 13, 2011

... CBS renewing The Big Bang Theory for a new season isn't surprising, but CBS renewing The Big Bang Theory for three years sure is. The nerd comedy is now locked into CBS through the 2012-2013 season, meaning Jim Parsons is going to be a very rich man. [CBS via press release]

... The schedules of ABC, CBS, and NBC will be interrupted tonight when President Obama publicly comments on the recent tragic shooting in Arizona. CBS is moving Live to Dance back to 9pm to accommodate the president's words, which will take place sometime in the 8pm ET hour. [Orlando Sentinel]

... Damages has typically added a big name or two each season, and this year is no different. John Goodman, who recently starred in HBO's Treme, will join the cast as the CEO of a military contractor at the heart of a wrongful death suit, the show's new main case. John Goodman vs. Glenn Close? Yes, please. [USA Today]

... Add Showtime to the list of networks who have passed on the orphaned miniseries The Kennedys. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The Good Wife is getting a pair of guest stars in America Ferrera and Jerry Stiller. Ferrera is joining the cast for three episodes as a romantic interest for Alan Cummings' character, Eli. Stiller will play a judge, and if he screams "Serenity Now!" just once during his episode I swear I will die a happy man. [EW]

... The numbers war between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien continues, and it turns out that Conan's viewers are lazy, bingeing television watchers. Once you factor in DVR figures, Conan's 18-49 demo beats Leno's. You might recall that earlier this week, news was made when Leno caught O'Brien in the adult demo. Next week it will be something different from the Leno camp, I'm sure. [LA Times]

... Law & Order: Los Angeles is shaking up its cast big time. Three regulars, Regina Hall, Megan Boone, and Skeet Ulrich are all leaving the show. It's unclear when the characters will depart, but reports say it will happen over the course of the rest of the season as creator Dick Wolf tweaks the show. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • joetaxpayer Jan 24, 2011

    Yaspaa - banganites? I thought fans were bangonians. If only because rights to Big Bangers belongs to the Gangstas.

  • immtalent Jan 17, 2011

    Grace BAine said it was a big Bang for Mother nature in peril google search her on mother nature in peril on you tube tune in to golden globe big win big bang on

  • haegerrulz Jan 16, 2011

    The Big Bang Theory writing just is not that smart. It seems to consist of jokes/situations that dumb people stereotype smart people with. Well I guess it is the same slack-jawed audience that keeps 2.5 Men afloat and watched According to Jim for so many years.

  • DebraMcClure Jan 16, 2011

    You mean I actually reported the news about LOLA in my blog b4 the TV.Com staff?

  • seafoampheonix Jan 15, 2011

    "The schedules of ABC, CBS, and NBC will be interrupted tonight when President Obama publicly comments on the recent tragic shooting in Arizona" Interrupted isn't the right word, more like "postponed"

  • AmunRa87 Jan 15, 2011

    The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show around ... Maybe some people just don't know/understand what's the show about .

  • vicbjones Jan 14, 2011

    Make jokes that only a few people will understand. I would love to hear a network programming executive try explaining that to the board of directors. I think some of this carping about The Big Bang Theory may be from Community fans who think their show would miraculously be safe from cancellation if TBBT weren't on the air. Well that's not how the world works, so get over it.

  • brian_o_cuinn Jan 14, 2011

    Awesome! Big Bang bangs my worlds bigly.

  • Taccado Jan 14, 2011

    I simply cannot understand it. Why do people watch TBBT? And not just watch, but also in so big numbers? The comedy is not just there. The characters say some lines, and then they play the laughing track. But the joke isn't there. It is a very low-brow, unfunny comedy, one of those which usually gets canned after one season. I know this is a question of taste, but to me TBBT doesn't come even close to intelligent comedies like Arrested Development, 30 Rock or The Office. And it is even more peculiar since a comedy about nerds has so much potential. If you want to make a real nerd comedy it requires really clever references to "nerd culture" and things which only nerds can understand. Doing that would elevate the show to new heights. But right now the humour is just a watered down version of "nerd culture". Some references to Star Trek and WoW here and there, references aimed at a broad audience but lacking depth. Some comedies doesn't have to be that clever, they can be easy-to-chew stuff which you watch to get a few giggles. But TBBT isn't even that. Watching it just makes my teeth grind. Predictable jokes, jokes that miss the mark by a mile, jokes that are taken too far just so that the audience would really get them, and just a lot of unfunny comments. TBBT just contains a massive amount of jokes desperately trying to be funny without ever reaching that goal.

  • sfnd Jan 14, 2011

    congrats big bang theory. hopefully community and modern family gets a Renewal too

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