CBS's The Big Bang Theory has proven to be as popular as ever, having just won the Favorite Network TV Comedy award at the People's Choice Awards. However, there is a dark cloud on the horizon for the show as renewal for the 11th season is still in discussion. This does not mean the show has been cancelled, but it does not confirm a return at the same time. There are multiple reason for the show's end drawing nearer, and perhaps it is time for the theory to end.
Old news here, but back in 2014 Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki, the primary trio, were all given a pay rise of $1 million per episode! Unsurprisingly other cast members have also demanded an increase in their wages, which has always been a source of controversy. With 24 episodes each season the show is spending over $100 million a year on the cast salary alone. Some large blockbuster movies don't even have budgets that come close to this number, and unlike a movie The Big Bang Theory is limited on how to make their money back. Product placing is once primary area, as seen when Siri featured in an episode, however, The Big Bang Theory can not cash in on merchandise as easily as a Superhero movie.
For some of the cast, their current contracts are at an end. This normally wouldn't be an issue, but contract renegotiation is a time when actors can get a bit greedy and want more money to see them return. With their wages already massive, you have to wonder where CBS will draw the line. Kaley is one actor who's contract is now finished, and given her ever rising profile, it is unlikely she will want to take a pay cut and perhaps want even more money when she sits down with series producers.
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Jim Parsons has an extremely busy 2017 ahead of him and has expressed before how he feels his time on the show is coming to an end. Aside from acting Jim has wanted to branch out more in the field of directing, and with the scheduling demands behind the show he is having trouble finding the time to do so. But, considering his character's progression in the show, Sheldon Cooper is a shell of his original self.
In fact Sheldon is not the only character to have undergone massive changes. All the cast seem to have naturally met the end of their personal stories. The socially awkward and neurotic Sheldon now lives with his girlfriend Amy and has even enter the land of coitus. Leonard has married the girl of his dreams in Penny who herself is experiencing great career success and independence. Howard is married to Bernadette and the pair have a child, leaving behind his woman chasing ways. Raj can now actually speak to women and has dated a few ladies through the shows 10 seasons. If you consider where the characters started and where they are now, you can not help but feel a sense of completion in their personal story lines. With the shows future in limbo at the moment, it could perhaps be time for it to end and retain the massive love and support they receive from the fans before the show feels stagnant.