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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Nears Two Season Renewal on CBS

Pickup Will Ensure at Least a 12-Season Run for the Sitcom

CBS is reportedly close to renewing the most-watched show in primetime, “The Big Bang Theory,” for another two seasons. Upon completion, this will put the series in a tie with “My Three Sons” and “Two and a Half Men” as the second longest live action sitcom in the history of television (behind “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” on ABC, which aired from 1952 to 1966).

The deals for the five principal stars – Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar – are expected to be on par with their current $1 million per episode paychecks.

There is no news, meanwhile, on “Sheldon,” the proposed prequel sitcom focusing on the character of Sheldon Cooper at age 12.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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