CBS Reviving Its Most Popular Sitcom?

Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady are discussing bringing The Big Bang Theory back to CBS.

By Vic Medina | Published

Keep that spot on the sofa open – the creators of The Big Bang Theory are discussing the possibility of bringing back the hit CBS sitcom. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady discussed the possibility of getting the nerds back together, just as the 15th anniversary of the series’ premiere has arrived. Even they admit, however, that it would be a tall task to get Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast to reunite in some way or do a revival series.

After 12 seasons and 279 episodes, The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019 with what many say was a great series finale. Lorre and Prady admit there is some hesitation to add more to a story that had a perfect ending. “It’s hard to imagine what you would see after the finale because I found the finale was just one of the most beautiful and satisfying episodes…It’s hard to imagine reopening the story,” Prady said.

Lorre also felt the show had a perfect sendoff, saying it had a “close to a perfect finale.”

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Still, both Lorre and Prady say they would love to see the cast together again on the set where they spent so much time together, with Prady saying the thought of it chokes him up. Although it appears the cast would love to work together again, as Comic Book Resources points out, a revival is easier said than done. Most of The Big Bang Theory cast have moved on to new projects that would likely keep them from any sort of series commitment.

Johnny Galecki isn’t currently involved in any major projects at the moment, but his Instagram page shows him enjoying married life and spending time with his son Orbison. Jim Parsons is busy working on both Young Sheldon and Pete the Cat, and just finished filming the movie Spoiler Alert. While Parsons recently admitted a story about Sheldon weathering the COVID-19 pandemic would be great, neither seems ready to return to The Big Bang Theory just yet.

Bringing back Kaley Cuoco to play Penny may also be an issue, and the biggest obstacle. The 36-year-old actress has been the busiest of The Big Bang Theory cast members post-finale, and may not be available. Just a month ago, Cuoco revealed that may not be done with her hit HBO series The Flight Attendant, after getting nominated for her second Best Actress Emmy Award for the series this year.

Cuoco is also providing the lead voice in the Harley Quinn animated series for HBO, and just signed on for a new Peacock crime series, Based on a True Story. On top of all that, she is making films – she is currently filming the assassin movie Role Play in Europe, and her romantic comedy Meet Cute just premiered on Peacock. The Big Bang Theory revival may have to wait a while for Penny’s schedule to clear.

Mayim Bialik has two series to juggle right now. Her Fox sitcom Call Me Kat gets solid ratings but mixed reviews, but she is also knee-deep in her hosting duties on Jeopardy!, which has gotten rave reviews with her at the lectern. She recently said that a Big Bang Theory revival right now would be “too early.”

Even Kevin Sussman, the loveable Stuart, may be too busy to participate. He’s been appearing in Better Call Saul and The Dropout, and just signed on to a new series called Lessons in Chemistry.

The more likely scenario fans should hope for is a Big Bang Theory reunion special of some sort, which wouldn’t require a long-term commitment.