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6 minutes ago, vonmar said:

He is not an indentured servant.  He is an actor under contract and that contract is expiring.  He had every right to decide not to sign a new contract. That is a fact whether you like it or not.

I never said such a thing

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24 minutes ago, mirs1 said:

I think all parties have handled the situation rather poorly.  If the reports are correct, the other actors were unaware of Jim's intentions and many of them, if not all, were willing to continue with the show (I know it's not the common impression on this board, but that's what all the articles about the matter say), he should have spoken with them earlier and not let them discover the whole situation in a meeting with the boss. But the way the meeting itself was handled and the fact it is now public knowledge  is also something I would have done very differently. Ending the show rather than writing a character off is a creative decision, Jim had all the rights to quit and he shouldn't be held responsible for the end of TBBT. Anyway, we don't know how much of what said in those articles is accurate and, in any case,  in a few days other news will be out there and all this will be forgotten by the general public. Let's hope in a great final season and wish all the actors well for their future.

Well said.

That's what irks me most i.e. the manner the rest of the cast found out.  We hear all the time from all of them that they are close and there is a lot of love and respect between them, well if that is true I am not sure this sensitive and difficult decision was handled in a manner befitting that kind of relationship.

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15 minutes ago, Chrismo said:

They have no choice. He won’t be under contract.

What choice? I just said they obviously don’t agree 🤨

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4 minutes ago, Burberry said:

What choice? I just said they obviously don’t agree 🤨

It doesn’t matter if they agree or not

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13 minutes ago, MsGreentea said:

What exactly have they done to him?  Or threatened to do to him?  Being upset is not vengeance.  Anyway those entities are in the power position 99.99% of the time.

They are corporations, they are not supposed to be upset, they are supposed to be professional. Rev up PR, spin the story in a positive light and protect your talent.

They have left him twisting in the wind.

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And say what exactly?  The Heads of Warner Brothers and CBS programming are on record already saying they wanted the show to continue.  Should they now say it was a mutual decision?  

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27 minutes ago, Chrismo said:

. Hopefully as a positive there will be less Sheldon storylines.

 

They have 22 episodes in which to come up with ways of preparing gradually to write Sheldon out. They could develop some stronger plots for the others and seguey them into four separate but linked continuing series this time next year : The Medium Bang Theory, The Small Bang Theory, Professor Proton's Bangers and The Whimperers. He could be mentioned in any of them from time to time but be largely unseen, with the odd Skyped cameo appearance.

33 minutes ago, Chrismo said:

I think YS is history after this season

I think you're right. It would make sense to stop after a second season before all the drinking, quarrelling, and other negative stuff sets in.

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2 hours ago, Die Zimtzicke said:

No, they do not, and I hope they don't.

I don't know why they had to say it was a sudden decision though. Everyone knew it could happen and many people thought it would. Plus it was widely known if it was going to end it would be better to say that quickly.

Guess we will have to disagree on the baby aspect.  Also, I know they all knew this day would come but I think how sudden it was caught them all by surprise.

1 hour ago, Kev0821 said:

The final taping is on April 30, 2019, Kunal and Johnny's birthday.

If they were to go the Penny-route, they could have Leonard plan a birthday trip to Omaha. I could see Leonard planning throwback activities to Penny's upbringing in NE, with him trying his hardest to fit into her world. I would love to see Katey Sagal back as "Susan." I also think Amy Davidson would be a great choice to play Penny's sister. I'm always up for more 8 Simple Rules tie-ins!

Would like to see that as well  Btw, was watching a country music show and saw Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. If they ever cast someone to play Penny's older sister she is almost the exact image of Kaley.

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31 minutes ago, joyceraye said:
1 hour ago, Chrismo said:

I think YS is history after this season

I think you're right. It would make sense to stop after a second season before all the drinking, quarrelling, and other negative stuff sets in.

To date it has done well enough. Far better than some predictions. I'd not count it out.

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28 minutes ago, MsGreentea said:

And say what exactly?  The Heads of Warner Brothers and CBS programming are on record already saying they wanted the show to continue.  Should they now say it was a mutual decision?  

How about something that begins with..."We respect Mr. Parsons decision not to renew his contract." 

Nope (crickets)

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16 minutes ago, djsurrey said:

To date it has done well enough. Far better than some predictions. I'd not count it out.

I think YS would continue to do well if the children stayed the same age, but they won't. Soon they'll be the age when things go wrong between the parents before George dies. Sheldon will be off to university at the end of this season. A good point at which to break off, if only for a few years.

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7 minutes ago, joyceraye said:

I think YS would continue to do well if the children stayed the same age, but they won't. Soon they'll be the age when things go wrong between the parents before George dies. Sheldon will be off to university at the end of this season. A good point at which to break off, if only for a few years.

I'd would have expected 11 year old Sheldon starting university would be more interesting than 9 year old Sheldon starting high school.  JP may have some plan for this. I don't recall where Sheldon does his first degree.

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34 minutes ago, vonmar said:

How about something that begins with..."We respect Mr. Parsons decision not to renew his contract." 

Nope (crickets)

I don’t see how that would get folks less mad at him.  It would just substantiate what I think is still just a rumor about it being Jim’s decision.

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1 hour ago, joyceraye said:

They have 22 episodes in which to come up with ways of preparing gradually to write Sheldon out. They could develop some stronger plots for the others and seguey them into four separate but linked continuing series this time next year : The Medium Bang Theory, The Small Bang Theory, Professor Proton's Bangers and The Whimperers. He could be mentioned in any of them from time to time but be largely unseen, with the odd Skyped cameo appearance.

I'll bet almost anything that THAT will not happen.

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If we got to a Season 14, the overall story would suffer even more. They'd either add more and more invisible babies or stall on it altogether. They would start copying the scripts of reruns word for word. No full time actress added for Raj either.

Jim Parsons probably saw how many wheels on the train would spin. The end of last season wrapped up his character evolution. All that's left is the shiny science award.

Every character has an easy wrap-up if it's just written already. The finale will likely be a one hour flash forward fest too, like most sitcom finales do. 

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2 minutes ago, Mario D. said:

Guess we will have to disagree on the baby aspect.  Also, I know they all knew this day would come but I think how sudden it was caught them all by surprise.

It could have ended like any other enterprise at any time. The end always comes as a surprise to those who don’t make the decision.  CBS can make the cartoon though, I’d imagine. Only animated - or virtual - performers don’t get tired of running on a treadmill.

I have some sympathy for those who can’t immediately come to terms with a show ending. Not a whole heap, but some. They have a season to brace. They are maybe fortunate.

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2 hours ago, MsGreentea said:

Jim isn’t just an actor on TBBT, he is a business partner with Lorre, CBS, and Warner Brothers on You g Sheldon.  He is potentially, and likely hurting his business partners because of the tie ins between the shows.  

I wonder if Sheldon is going to get a piano dropped on him in the last episode.  Lorre could have him written as a support character the rest of the season if he is actually mad at him and for us Lenny’s it could mean that Kaley and Johnny get some real time to strut their comedy talent.

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2 hours ago, vonmar said:

They are corporations, they are not supposed to be upset, they are supposed to be professional. Rev up PR, spin the story in a positive light and protect your talent.

They have left him twisting in the wind.

 i agree they have put jim the bad guy here and its  getting worse before i saw a headline big bang ending because Sheldon doesent want to do it anymore 

3 hours ago, vonmar said:

I'm kind of surprised by the silence from WB/CBS/Chuck Lorrre Productions on all of this.  It's like they are leaving Jim twisting in the wind and letting him absorb all of the blame.  Especially now since "sources" are "spilling" on how it all went down.  A simple statement from any of them would do quite a bit to alleviate some of the heat on JP.

yes it has gone quiet no cast members putting things up nothing from warner bros cbs chuck lorre i know i clasping at straws here maybe they might be reconsidering ther decision i know that's unlikely but people are saying to jim i never seen so mad people its got get back cbs warner bros dosent it

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It seems to me if he told TPTB that he was done at the end of the season he should told the rest of his cast mates. We can criticize TPTB but JP wasn’t perfect on how he handled it either.

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1 minute ago, kbp said:

 i agree they have put jim the bad guy here and its  getting worse before i saw a headline big bang ending because Sheldon doesent want to do it anymore 

it is probably is going to get worse unfortunately 

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1 minute ago, Burberry said:

it is probably is going to get worse unfortunately 

Tuesday may be interesting

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13 minutes ago, Chrismo said:

It seems to me if he told TPTB that he was done at the end of the season he should told the rest of his cast mates. We can criticize TPTB but JP wasn’t perfect on how he handled it either.

true

11 minutes ago, Chrismo said:

Tuesday may be interesting

yes very interesting he might turn up

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They could get Ashton Kutcher to replace Jim Parsons 👍😝

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16 minutes ago, Kasey said:

I know I haven't been on this forum for a while, but I feel the need to chime in my opinion.  First I firmly believe that any actor has a right to do whatever they feel is best for their own career and future so JP's deciding to call it quits is his prerogative.  

 

well said its  weird everyone so quiet 

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