Big Bang Theory Gets a Big Renewal

... 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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Yaspaa - banganites? I thought fans were bangonians. If only because rights to Big Bangers belongs to the Gangstas.
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Grace BAine said it was a big Bang for Mother nature in peril google search her on http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1140761/ mother nature in peril on you tube tune in to golden globe big win big bang on http://www.gracebainetv.com
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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.
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You mean I actually reported the news about LOLA in my blog b4 the TV.Com staff?
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"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"
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The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show around ... Maybe some people just don't know/understand what's the show about .
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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.
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Awesome! Big Bang bangs my worlds bigly.
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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.
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congrats big bang theory. hopefully community and modern family gets a Renewal too
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so excited congrats TBBT!!!!!!!!!!!
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I think I'll stop watching TBBT at the end of this season. I find myself shaking my head as much as I laugh at it. I can't see myself sticking around for 3 (and probably a lot more) years. Better to jump ship now.
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@bmanchester - Actually, the mistake by the author was writing that it had been renewed through the 2012-2013 season. It was actually renewed through the 2013-2014 season, for a total of a three year renewal.



Source: http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/01/12/cbs-and-warner-bros-television-announce-multi-year-broadcast-agreement-for-the-big-bang-theory-406415/20110112cbs03/
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Some people's priorities are completely screwed up. Complaining because networks started shows from the beginning? There are some things more important than TV watching, you know. Also, I've probably watched Big Bang Theory more this season than any of the previous, and I'm glad to see its success isn't dependent on Two and a Half Man.
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great news for us big banganites.
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awesome, love the big bang theory
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I'm glad there will be lots more Big Bang Theory.
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Is that really why there's no decent TV today, just so the prez can speak, man if Cameron interrupted one of my favourites then I would be pretty annoyed and someone would be getting a complaint. Maybe he should talk about how the public having access to weapons is crazy and that every other country in the world reacts to tragedies like this by actually doing something about controlling guns. This isn't the 18th century any more......
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I love Big Bang Theory, but it's not as great as it's used to be... Bazinga!
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I love the Big Bang Theory. I agree that it can be a bit mundane at times but it still has its moments. As far as the length of the renewal, the author was a bit off his rocker because it is only a two year renewal because we are in the midst of the 2010-2011 year. A two year renewal is what CBS gave it last year. The schedule mix up did mess up a lot of people's DVR's I'm sure last night. NBC surprisingly did the best at handling it though, they joined Minute to Win It In progress and continued their regularly scheduled programing. BTW M2WI is repeating the same episode again on Friday if anybody wants to catch the first 20 minutes that were missed. ABC totally screwed up. They ran Modern Family into Cougar Town and am not sure what they did with the second middle/modern family that was scheduled, hopefully it wasn't a new episode like the first one at 8:00. I have been wondering with all of this new technology when they are going to wise up and realize that they need to give viewers a choice of what they want to watch. Say, if the president wants to speak, and the viewer wants to watch it, they can leave things as they are. However, if they choose not to want to watch the president, they should have the option of watching their regular programing, Maybe if they gave people a choice, the president might get cancelled!! Just a thought.
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Big Bang Theory is sometimes funny but way overrated, its not nearly as original or funny as Community.
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Great news about Big Bang--it's well-deserved.
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Thats stupid, I only watched L&O:LA because after Jericho ended I needed some Skeet. I hope that is just bad rumours.
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You don't find Big Bang Theory funny but you like Cougar Town? Wow.
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Big Bang Theory is one of the most unfunny shows on TV, why did it get renewed for so many seasons? stupid CBS. I didn't even know about Obama, I'd have turned the channel if I did. I saw Cougar Town wasn't on at 8:30 so i figured it was two episodes of Modern Family instead and just watched something else
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Yep, I only started watching LOLA because of Skeet, too. Not sure if I'll keep watching either.
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AWESOME re: Big Bang.
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Big Bang, this season is a complete hit and miss. Last episode kicked ass, but most of the episodes were just boring. They need to bring in some new writers or whatever..
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Is L&O: LA so screwed up that THREE regulars are leaving during the FIRST season? I'm just asking. BTW, watching that show just because of Ulrich is the biggest mistake ever...
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Geek_Queen: Alfred Molina is going to take his role as the homicide detective (they're going to work a backstory in). Ahhh damn, I liked Skeet in the role :(
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How much longer can Big Bang go on without starting to completely suck? It's already not nearly as good as it was.

Treme is such a fantastic show, I watched all 10 episodes in a single day - couldn't stop.
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Big Bang is a lightweight, over-rated show....that I love. But, Law and so Over it.
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Crud, I enjoy(ed) Skeet Ulrich on Law & Order: LA. I'm not sure if I'll keep watching once he leaves the show. It depends on who they get to take his place.
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A 3 year renewal is kind of a stretch...
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Skeet Ulrich was the only reason i was watching LOLA. now i wont even bother.
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2012-2013 makes it 2 years, not 3...
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Good news about Big Bang Theory being renewed through the 2013-2014 season,
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