The Big Bang Theory, the popular comedy series that aired from 2007 to 2019, will be receiving another spin-off, as confirmed by HBO. The creator of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre, spoke to Variety about the new comedy series and revealed that it is in the early stages of development.
Building on the Plot of the Original Series
Lorre confirmed that the new series will build on the plot of The Big Bang Theory, as well as its second spin-off, Young Sheldon. The news was announced during Warner Bros. and Discovery's press day, where they also announced their new streaming service.
It is believed that the new project could air on Max, the rebranded platform that combines HBO Max and Discovery+.
Details about the Plot Remain Under Wraps
During the presentation, no plot details were revealed. Although nothing has been set in stone, it is believed that the new series will be an hour-long program with a mostly new cast, with the potential for familiar "Big Bang" stars to make appearances in several episodes.
The Big Bang Theory's Success
The original series of The Big Bang Theory aired on CBS for 12 seasons, attracting millions of viewers. The series finale was watched by a whopping 18 million people in the US, according to Variety, which prompted Lorre to create the first spin-off, Young Sheldon, in 2017.
The series is now in its sixth season, with filming for a seventh season confirmed.
Exclusively Streaming on HBO Max
Since striking a deal with Warners, The Big Bang Theory has been streaming exclusively on HBO Max. Lorre previously spoke to THR about the decision to keep the ensemble intact, stating, "I couldn't wrap my head around the idea of going on without the whole ensemble – and the whole ensemble is why we succeeded."
Lorre's Views on Spin-Offs
In 2019, Lorre spoke about the motivations behind Young Sheldon, stating, "Truthfully, the reason for a spin-off is economics, and that's not the reason to do a show.
You should do a show because you have something you really love and you want to do it. Economics follow passion. If you start with economics...well, shit, become a network executive."