The Big Bang Theory's end will be the close of one of television's most-watched shows of the modern era which, no doubt, has a few executives at CBS nervous. It may be why the network was open for another spinoff, and said if creator Chuck Lorre had another idea, they're all for it. So, why haven't audiences heard word of a new series? According to Lorre, nothing pitched thus far has given him cause to move forward.
Unless there was a creative reason to do it — a wonderfully, wonderfully creative reason to do it — then the only reason [to do it] is economics, and that’s not good enough. This is hard work. And if you’re going to do it, you gotta love what you’re doing; you’ve gotta be passionate about it. And if you’re just chasing money, that’s not enough.
CBS shareholders may find the economics reason enough to develop another spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, but for Chuck Lorre, he just isn't feeling it at the moment. Specifically, he's hasn't come across a spinoff pitch that had him feeling inspired enough to enter the grind it takes to get a new show off the ground. It's a labor of love for Lorre, and if he didn't love the pitch, he probably wouldn't have enjoyed working on it.
Chuck Lorre did love working on The Big Bang Theory, and told TVLine he was caught up in his emotions during the final taping. A lot of those feelings were tied into how great his experience has been being a part of the show, and the level of effort the cast and crew put in on the series from start to finish.
I almost couldn’t do it. My hands were shaking, I didn’t know that [level of emotion] was coming. The show meant something to us. Everybody who worked on the show cared about the show; nobody phoned it in. And it’s hard to say goodbye that.
It wasn't just hard for Chuck Lorre, as star Johnny Galecki admitted the final episode reduced him to a "quivering puddle of tears." Kaley Cuoco (who got pretty emotional during a table read) teased the ending is worthy of tears, but added that fans will be crying in a wholesome way and not because something emotionally devastating happens.
The tears may not be limited to flowing only during the final episode either, as a farewell special is set to air the exact same night as The Big Bang Theory's finale. It's not a spinoff, but it is something for fans to chew on until Young Sheldon returns for another season, or Chuck Lorre finds that magical idea that gets him committed to telling another story in the show's universe.
The Big Bang Theory isn't over yet, and audiences can enjoy episodes on CBS Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for more updates following the show's conclusion, and for more news related to television, movies, and pop culture.