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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.