The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre explains why a second spinoff idea was ultimately scrapped off. There are only three more episodes left before the longest-running multi-camera sitcom bows out with a special one-hour finale. But with the series continuously delivering in terms of ratings for CBS, it's not surprising that they tried to launch another offshoot following the footsteps of Young Sheldon. What's shocking, however, is the fact that Lorre didn't seem interested in doing another one.
Launching in 2007, The Big Bang Theory revolves around a group of intellectually-gifted but socially awkward friends, alongside an aspiring actress residing in Pasadena. In the last 12 years, the gang has gone through various life experiences, with all of them now married, while Howard and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) have two kids. Due to the show's extreme popularity, a 13th season was supposed to be in the works, but due to the reluctance of show lead Jim Parsons (Sheldon) reluctance to reprise the role past the current year, CBS decided to cancel the series altogether to the dismay of its many fans. And while everyone had been counting on the announcement of another spinoff, preferably not a prequel like Young Sheldon, unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the idea's on the table, at least for now.
Catching up with TVLine during the wrap party for The Big Bang Theory, Lorre was asked regarding talks for a new spinoff which has apparently been abandoned. The visibly emotional show creator explained that the only reason they'd move forward with a second offshoot is if there's an actual good story for it and nothing else. Lorre didn't give away anything regarding what the canceled spinoff would've been about, but it doesn't seem like he has any interest in doing one at this point.
“Unless there was a creative reason to do it — a wonderfully, wonderfully creative reason to do it — than the only reason [to do it] is economics, and that’s not good enough. This is hard work. And if you’re going to do it, you gotta love what you’re doing; you’ve gotta be passionate about it. And if you’re just chasing money, that’s not enough.”
It's no secret that The Big Bang Theory fan community is split with regard to Young Sheldon. While it exists in the same reality as its parent show with regular references and even a one-time crossover, many of the longtime viewers of the original sitcom feel like it's rewriting canon in order to give the prequel something to work with. That's not to say that it's not doing well, it's CBS' second most popular comedy, but it definitely doesn't have the same clout as The Big Bang Theory.
There were rumbles about a The Big Bang Theory spinoff centering on Howard, Bernadette and their family. The premise was never really clear but given the lingering mystery of the character's father - something that the show doesn't seem to have any interest in resolving, there's definitely a narrative opening that they can explore. Throw in Raj into the mix and give him a strong arc after being relegated as a secondary character for the last 12 years and CBS may have another hit on their hands. Unlike Young Sheldon, by bringing back some of the beloved characters from the main show, they can capitalize on the power of its massive fandom.