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CBS, ‘Big Bang Theory’ reach 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it has reached a deal with producers of “The Big Bang Theory” to keep the show on the air for two more years.
The network said Monday it agreed with Warner Brothers Television to extend the show that debuted in 2007. Along with the drama “NCIS,” it is consistently one of the two most popular shows on television when original episodes are aired.
No details about the agreement were released. Producers have agreements with actors Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar to continue for two more years, and are negotiating similar deals with Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
CBS will also premiere a prequel, “Young Sheldon,” next year about the character as a 9-year-old. Parsons will help narrate the series.
Boston Pops tour to showcase Gershwin
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops is headed to the heartland.
The renowned orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, kicks off a seven-city, seven-state tour around the Midwest this week.
Organizers say the tour will showcase the music of George Gershwin.
The tour gets underway Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, and moves to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday and Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday.
Next week’s stops include Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 27; Chicago on March 31; Van Wert, Ohio, on April 1; and Carmel,
Indiana, on April 2.
Actress and celebrated Broadway star Bernadette Peters will join the Pops at the Chicago and Ohio stops.
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.