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‘Big Bang Theory’ ending in 2019 after 12 seasons

August 22, 2018 GMT

‘Big Bang Theory’ ending in 2019 after 12 seasons

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Get ready for the last rendition of “Soft Kitty,” the final episode of “Fun with Flags” and one more “Bazinga!”

“The Big Bang Theory” is coming to end after 12 seasons next year, CBS announced on Wednesday.

“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ during the past 12 seasons,” Warner Bros., CBS and Chuck Lorre productions said in a joint statement. “We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to an epic creative close.”

The series -- originally about a group of socially awkward nerds and the attractive woman who lives across the hall -- premiered in 2007. When it bows out next year, probably in May, it will have become the longest running multi-camera sitcom in television history with 279 episodes.

Though the quality of the episodes has noticeably waned in recent years, the series remains a ratings juggernaut for CBS. The show has finished as the No. 1 comedy the last several years before being knocked out of the top spot last season by the “Roseanne” revival on ABC. It’s even spawned a highly rated spinoff, “Young Sheldon.”

In the season finale in May, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) were finally married in what could’ve easily served as a series finale. Instead, the 24-episode final season will pick up where that episode left off with Sheldon, Amy and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) working on Sheldon’s latest scientific breakthrough.

The show also stars Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Melissa Rauch. 

The season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” airs Monday, September 24.