'The Big Bang Theory' Season 11 Renewal Update: Series Canceled Because Jim Parsons Pursues Hollywood Career?

By Jen Key , Updated Dec 14, 2016 07:28 PM EST
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It can't be denied that Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" fame is beginning to get more and more offers to take part in big-name movies. As the highest paid actor in television for 2016, could Jim Parsons really be ready to let go of his role as Sheldon Cooper in hopes of making a name for himself in Hollywood? Will "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11 be canceled?

Parsons's contract, like those of the other stars in "The Big Bang Theory" Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, is set to expire after the 10th and current season. With this in mind, he might want to focus on other projects and move on to become a movie star instead of joining "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11. Parsons' new feature, "Hidden Figures," will premiere this season on Christmas day. He also appeared in Ryan Murphy's award-winning film "The Normal Heart" with Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer. 

Parsons may also opt to stop acting and produce TV shows instead. Right now, he is working on "Lakeside VA." He is also said to be highly involved in the production of the spin-off series for a younger version of his character, Sheldon, which is why he might become too busy to film "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11.   

Jim Parsons wants bigger salary for "The Big Bang Theory"?

"The Big Bang Theory" season 10 ranked first on Nielsen's list of primetime TV programs for this year and this may happen again to "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11 next year if it pushes through. This ranking is a good thing, given that each episode costs roughly $4 million for CBS to produce. This figure was from 2014 and could have risen in the past two years.

There was also a time when the cast members had disputes with the management over their salary. Since Parsons might be becoming used to a higher talent fee after appearing in popular films with bigshot actors, it is possible that he will demand an even bigger salary than the one he currently has. He reportedly earned $25.5 million this year and he could want more from "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11.

Although cast and crew have previously expressed their support for "The Big Bang Theory" Season 11, CBS has yet to confirm the return of all the show's cast members. Stay tuned for more updates on "The Big Bang Theory."

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