CBS Renews ‘The Big Bang Theory’ For 3 More Seasons

The hit sitcom gets an unusual three year pickup from the network.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

CBS Renews 'The Big Bang Theory' For 3 More Seasons

Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper will be pondering the possibilities for years to come.

CBS has announced that it has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for three additional seasons, carrying the hit show through the 2013 fall season.

"It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to see why this show is a BIG part of our comedy future," offered CBS President, Nina Tassler. "From ratings to critical acclaim to pop culture buzz, it’s struck a chord on all levels. The creative genius of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and the on-camera talents of an amazing young ensemble have created a comedy that will entertain viewers for a long time. We’re proud to partner with Warner Bros. on another highly successful, long-running comedy."

"We are delighted and grateful that CBS has once again rewarded ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with a multiyear renewal," added Warner Brothers President Peter Roth. "This is a testament to the inspired and brilliant work of the show’s entire creative team, and we look forward to continuing this highly successful partnership."

Ironically, the last time that "The Big Bang Theory" was renewed it was done as part of a lawsuit settlement between CBS and Warner Brothers TV over production cost reimbursements and license fees for "Two And A Half Men;" which is one of the network’s other popular sitcoms.

"The Big Bang Theory" was moved to Thursday nights this season, where it has gone on to become the highest rated comedy on television’s most competitive night. Series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco recently received raises totally $200,000 per episode, with supporting players Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar also received a boost in pay to $100,000 and $70,000 per episode, respectively.

According to Deadline, Galecki will also be moonlighting on the final season of HBO’s "Entourage" in a recurring role as a "tougher" version of himself who signs with Eric (Kevin Connolly) while pursuing Eric’s fiancée Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui).