The Big Bang Theory has been a staple of CBS’ lineup for 12 seasons, and in May we’ll say goodbye to TV’s favorite nerds. With their final episodes airing toward the end of the Emmy eligibility window, will voters embrace the series one last time?
Big Bang hasn’t been the biggest Emmy darling, but the series has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series four times (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), along with nominations for Johnny Galecki in Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2011), and Mayim Bialik for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015), plus numerous nominations for guest acting, so there is a conversation worth having.
I think chances are extremely slim for Galecki, Bialik, or the series to return in their respective categories, so the shows best chance is four-time winner Jim Parsons.
This years Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series race is a crowded field and it’s anyone’s game. Last years winner Bill Hader (Barry) will be back to defend his crown, but there hasn’t been a repeat winner in that category since Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) in 2015 and 2016. However, Parsons was the last actor to do so before Tambor in 2013 and 2014. Parsons’ last year to be nominated for The Big Bang Theory also happened to be in 2014, so it makes it even more of an uphill battle since the Academy would have to welcome him back into the field after a four-year absence.
Depending on how Big Bang ends and what kind of material they give Parsons to sink his teeth into, whether it be funny, emotional, poignant, or all of the above, CBS may make a final push to get him back into the race for its number one comedy’s final season.
This could go either one or two ways: Emmy voters could welcome Parsons back in with open arms and nominate him for his sixth nomination, which could lead to potential fifth Emmy win in this category, something that has never been done before in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Race. Parsons currently has four wins, tied with Carroll O’Connor (All in the Family), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), and Micheal J. Fox (Family Ties). On the other hand, Emmy voters may also remember that he already has his four Emmys at home and wave farewell to Dr. Sheldon Cooper once and for all. The last time an actor in this category won for their final season was Grammer in 2004 for Frasier.
Parsons is in my early predictions, but I don’t quite know if he’ll make it to my final predictions. As time winds down to nominations morning in July, I will have to make my final decision on if I’m willing to bet on The Big Bang Theory making one last appearance at the Emmys.
2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.