The Big Bang Theory came to an end in the spring after 12 seasons, lots of ups and downs, and one of the most unconventional couples in sitcom history. Sheldon, who seemed destined to remain sexless and celibate forever, found himself falling in love with Amy Farrah-Fowler. They ended the series happily married and -- according to Young Sheldon -- having kids at some point. Well, they won’t be playing Sheldon and Amy, but Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik are teaming up for another multi-camera comedy.
If you were hoping for a Big Bang Theory spinoff starring Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik reprising their roles sooner rather than later, you’re out of luck. Still, the news of the duo working on a new sitcom together is a very good thing for Big Bang fans. The comedy has landed at Fox, which Variety reports gave a series commitment to the project. That deal for Bialik is paying off! It’s probably safe to say that at least these two members of the cast have remained friends.
That doesn’t mean it will absolutely become an ongoing series, but the signs are pretty good. It was apparently a highly competitive situation for Fox to land the project, which is no surprise considering the sitcom star power attached. Mayim Bialik spoke out about her grief about the end of The Big Bang Theory; now she gets to bring a little Big Bang to her next big TV job!
So, what would this sitcom be about? Called Carla, the series would center on a 39-year-old woman by the name of -- you guessed it -- Carla, as she struggles against her mom and society to make the point that you don’t need to have everything your heart desires to be happy. So, in a rebellious twist, Carla decided to open a Cat Cafe in Louisville, KY with the funds her parents saved up for her wedding. We've all been there, right?
How will Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik be involved? Both former Big Bang Theory stars are on board as executive producers. Bialik will also star as the titular Carla. There is no word that Parsons will also appear in front of the camera, but it’s difficult to imagine that Carla would never find a way for him to show up, even if only as an occasional guest star or for a cameo!
Mayim Bialik didn’t mince words about revealing that she wasn’t happy about The Big Bang Theory ending. Meanwhile, Jim Parsons is more or less why The Big Bang Theory came to an end with Season 12, as he was ready to move on from the long-running show. He eventually spoke more in-depth about why he wanted to move on, suggesting that it might be because he’s “an Aries” or just “in touch with myself.”
Only time will tell if Carla makes it to the airwaves. The project already has a recipe for success with Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik on board, with Bialik contributing behind and in front of the camera. Will this make fans feel better as fall TV season kicks off without Big Bang and CBS loses rights to the series? Hopefully! At least CBS is sending The Big Bang Theory off with a big bang!