Just hours after star Mayim Bialik tweeted about the first taping of The Big Bang Theory Season 12, news lands the season will also be it's last.
That's right, the number one comedy in the world, The Big Bang Theory, will end its successful run in May 2019 as the longest-running multi-camera series in television history.
Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions will bring the Emmy-nominated comedy series to a close at the end of the upcoming season with a record-breaking 279 episodes.
In a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions said, “We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons.
"We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
The final season of The Big Bang Theory will debut Monday, September 24 (8/7c) on CBS before moving to its regular time period on Thursday, September 27 (8/7c).
The series, which debuted in 2007 and airs in syndication around the world, has received 52 Emmy nominations and 10 wins to date (though has never won for Outstanding Comedy Series), and 7 Golden Globe nominations.
Of course, saying goodbye to the gang doesn't mean saying goodbye to all of the characters forever as Young Sheldon will likely continue to air after The Big Bang Theory ends its run.
The life of young Sheldon Cooper has won an audience of its own outside of the show that spawned it, so the life of at least one of the characters fans have grown to love will continue on after TBBT goes off the air.
In addition to centering many of its episodes in the worlds of science and technology, The Big Bang Theory enjoys a healthy appreciation and support from the scientific community at large, including:
A bee species (Euglossa bazinga), a jellyfish species (Bazinga Rieki) and a monkey at the Columbus Zoo (Dr. Sheldon Cooper) named in the show’s honor.
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