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Big Bang Theory Boss Chuck Lorre Shoots Down Spinoff Chatter, Throws Shade at Fellow CBS Hit Scorpion

Who’s ready for Howard & Bernadette in Outer Space?

Probably not Big Bang Theory executive producer Chuck Lorre. When asked whether he’s considered launching a spinoff companion to CBS’ smash-hit comedy, Lorre’s response — “Never. No. Never. No.” — is as swift as it is definitive. Ultimately, he says, he never wants to take the show or its audience for granted.

Of course, as Lorre tells TVLine’s Michael Ausiello in our Comic-Con video suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, that hasn’t stopped CBS from siphoning a little of the Big Bang mojo for its own purposes. “When they want a spinoff, they do it themselves,” he says with a wicked grin. “And they call it Scorpion.”

Also on the docket: Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar discussing a “sex-ish” fan-fiction scene between their characters; Bialik offering her take on Amy Farrah Fowler’s Season 7 finale ultimatum; and EP Steven Molaro pondering the future of Raj’s ill-fitting romance.

Press PLAY above for the full interview, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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23 Comments
  1. m3rcnate says:

    Yeah Chuck Lorre…cause they use a brown actor to play a nerdy guy on a show with a ensemble cast for a 1 hour drama…its totally a rip off of your laugh track fest 30 minute comedy with highly stereotypical “nerds”….

    Never liked Chuck Lorre, still don’t.

    • James R. says:

      I agree with you. I’m a fan of both Scorpion and The Big Bang Theory, and I find it silly that he thinks that they are that similar. Just because both shows involve a group of nerds, doesn’t mean they are that similar. One is a comedy and the other is a drama. That would be a weird ass spin-off

    • Brendan says:

      Aaaand the award for taking a joke too seriously goes to…..

    • dee123 says:

      It was a joke. Do you get jokes?

  2. Mr. Tran K says:

    I’m still hooked on Scorpion and a spin-off may happen but I’m wondering if TBBT should end after ten which they haven’t talked about it.

  3. Mare says:

    I love both Big Bang and Scorpion but they are nothing a like.

    • John NYC says:

      The attractive, “normal”, female lead is a waitress while the rest of the cast are extraordinarily intelligent.

      Pop quiz: which show was I describing?

      So: Close enough for a joke at a Con.

      • DL says:

        Most of the Scorpion geniuses are fairly good looking too, actually. Not that I’m saying Lorre’s joke should be taken seriously or anything.

  4. c-mo says:

    I want Big Bang Babies, The Animated Series!!!!!!!!!

  5. JB says:

    Prediction:
    The series will end with Sheldon & Penny getting together.
    They’re better friends than Penny & Leonard are.

    And Amy takes up with Leonard, they have a lot in common as their occasional working together/discussing science scenes show. She wants commitment and he’s ready for it.

    I know it’s a long shot, but Lorre has a weird sense of humor.

  6. tsevca says:

    I like them. Finally someone not pushing the damn spinoffs.

  7. Et al says:

    This has to be the blind item crossover.

  8. lrdslvrhnd says:

    I’d watch Big Bang Babies…

    *sings*
    Big Bang Baaaabies, they get thrown out the windoo
    Big Bang Baaaabies, they get covered in glue-oo

  9. John says:

    Chuck Lorre – the king of the laugh track kingdom… :/

  10. joey ciotti says:

    Comic bookstore Stuart must get a spin-off

  11. joey ciotti says:

    Bbt tandems with that 70s show. Donna and penny enjoin a passionate lesbian romance