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"The Big Bang Theory" just got a big renewal from CBS and Warner Bros. Television.

The top-rated comedy has been renewed for two more seasons, which will take the show through Season 12.

"The Big Bang Theory" has been on the air since 2007.

With fewer major network hits, "BBT" could be one of the last series to command such a huge renewal deal, including the vast paydays for its stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kayley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar. (Reports indicate the five original cast members actually agreed to cut their per-episode fees to provide greater parity to additions Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.)

For CBS, even losing money on the show offers benefits, since its high ratings provide a platform to try to launch new hits.

"The Big Bang Theory" has been television's number one comedy in viewers since 2010, according to CBS. This season, the show is averaging 19.40 million viewers and a whopping 5.1 rating in adults 18-49.

The show's consistently impressive ratings led to a three-season renewal back in 2014.

The new two-year agreement instantly sets the clock ticking for CBS. The pressure is on to come up with a worthy replacement, since there's reason to doubt the cast will want to continue beyond this newly announced agreement.

In many respects, "The Big Bang Theory" has been a latter-day version of "Friends," whose six stars also chose to negotiate as a group, increasing their leverage.

Both programs hail from Warner Bros. TV, which has profited handsomely from selling reruns of the shows to syndication -- another milestone few current and future sitcoms are likely to repeat.

Like "Friends," "The Big Bang Theory" also became the anchors of their network's Thursday lineup, delivering a windfall particularly among movie studios, which pay a premium for ads trumpeting their weekend releases.

CBS has already announced a spinoff for next season, featuring a younger version of Parsons's character, Sheldon.


Donald Trump's relationship with his wife Melania Trump is seemingly not going well now. The president and the First Lady reportedly sleep in separate bedrooms when they're in the same building, and even worse, it's also said that they've never spent a night together. 

"Melania does not keep hidden from everyone around her how miserable she is," a source close to the family tells Us Weekly. Another source says, "They have separate bedrooms." A third source shares, "They never spend the night together - ever." 

The First Lady is also reportedly mad at the president for trapping her in a life she doesn't like. "Melania wants as little to do with Donald as possible," says the source, adding, "She is not interested in Donald, the presidency or anything involving him." However, a rep for Melania denies the reports, claiming, "It's unfortunate that you are going to feature unnamed 'sources' that have provided fictional accounts." 

Since she officially became the First Lady back in January, Melania has kept her schedule less busy and spending most of her time in New York penthouse rather than making public appearances. She did escort Japanese prime minister's wife Akie Abe around Palm Beach in February. But she reportedly did it simply because she was going to be at Mar-a-Lago as "she refused to do it in Washington." 


The 41-year-old actress asks her estranged husband to never have their children around the 'We're the Millers' star after learning that Brad and Jennifer had been exchanging sweet messages.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce and custody battle is getting nastier. While she requests for full custody on her divorce papers, the "Maleficent" actress reportedly has a new demand to be added to their split negotiations. According to InTouch Weekly (via, Angie doesn't want Brad's other ex, Jennifer Aniston, anywhere near her kids. 

"As Angie and Brad's divorce talks continue, she's demanding that Brad agree to never have their children around Jen," the mag reports. Angie was reportedly "freaking out" after learning that Brad and Jennifer had been exchanging sweet messages over various phone calls and text messages. "Angelina is frustrated, confused, annoyed and hurt that Brad would reach out to Jen so soon after breaking up with her," a source previously said. 

Of Brad's response to Angie's ridiculous demand, the "Allied" actor thinks "the request is off the wall and irrational." He will not take it too serious since "Angie is the one who filed for divorce, not him," thus, "she will have to live with the consequences." 

Brad recently reunited with his six children after Angie brought the kids on a trip to London. "Brad's heart was full of joy to hear from his kids that they actually missed him while they were overseas," a source told the webloid, before adding that the 53-year-old actor took them out for cheeseburgers as they missed American food. 

Citing the source, the webloid claimed that Brad was planning to take the kids on their own vacation with him soon. He wanted to spoil them and even made plans to shut Disneyland down and take them after hours. 


Saturday news broke that legendary musician Chuck Berry passed away.

The iconic rock n' roll pioneer died in his St. Charles, Missouri home when police responded to a medical emergency. He was 90.

Following the sad news being confirmed, musicians took to social media to express their gratitude for his influence, share fond memories and reflect on the magnitude of the legacy he leaves behind.

Even former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to state his condolences, writing, "Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after.  We'll miss you, Chuck.  Be good."

Mick Jagger tweeted "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever"

Bruce Springsteen praised him as "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived."

Countless other musicians also took to social media to pay tribute to the late legend, with many expressing how he was a musical hero and had a direct influence on their craft.


Chuck Berry, a legend of rock and roll, passed away in St. Charles County, Missouri Saturday, March 18. He was 90 years old.

Berry was crucial in the development of the popular musical genre beginning in the 1950s and released hits like “Johnny B. Goodie,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Rock and Roll Music” during his tenure as a musician.

His death was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police department, however a cause of death hasn’t yet been made public. First responders found an unresponsive Berry and immediately administered lifesaving techniques, according to the St. Charles County Police Department Facebook page. He was unable to be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

Chuck Berry’s family have requested privacy during this trying time. BET’s thoughts go out to the Berry family. We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.


Self-proclaimed king of the dancehall Beenie Man is being billed as the headliner for a one-day celebration of Caribbean culture in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The Jamaican deejay is set to perform at the second annual Caribfest, an 11-hour outdoor event taking place at Yas Beach on March 31.

The festival is being organised by Core ME — the promoters also behind the Reggae BeachFest parties, which recently celebrated five years in Dubai with a set from Ky-Mani Marley.

According to media reports, in addition to the music, patrons will be treated to the food of the Caribbean with a number of food trucks and a carnival atmosphere.

It was also highlighted that over the years Beenie Man has been impressive, with a commanding stage presence during performances in that market.

Beenie Man is reported to have told fans: “Get ready to party, UAE. I can’t wait to perform in Abu Dhabi and share with you all my love for dancehall music. Just like the title of my album, Unstoppable, I will keep making music to celebrate my heritage.”


Sir Derek Walcott KCSL OBE OCC passed away at his home about 7:30 a.m. Friday after a prolonged illness.

He was 87.

Walcott was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. 

He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013.

His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990), which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.”

In addition to having won the Nobel, Walcott has won many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015.


As Angelina Jolie's humanitarian efforts continue, the actress and UNHCR special envoy met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Thursday.

The 41-year-old screen star sat down with the leading church of England figure in London to discuss sexual violence in conflict, the refugee crisis, South Sudan.

After the meeting, the archbishop took tweeted snapshots of his time with the star, alongside the caption: 'Privilege to welcome UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. Discussed refugee crisis, South Sudan and prevention of sexual violence in conflict.'

Angelina, who was appointed to her United Nations post in 2012, previously worked with the archbishop in 2015 at at the opening of the Centre for Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, where she spoke out against sexual violence.

'The role of the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Refugees, Angelina Jolie Pitt, is one that has been extraordinary,' the archbishop said of her at the time.

'What she said just now sums up so beautifully the issues we are facing, and puts it so precisely in terms of the challenge that there is.

'It’s wonderful that she has committed her time, her energy, and has taken great personal risks in order to be able to speak authentically as to what she’s done.'

A day earlier, she headed to the United Nations offices in Geneva for the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation lecture.

The Oscar winning actress looked enthralled as she listened in on the presentation with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi before taking to the stage to deliver a speech of her own.

Rousing the audience for her Viera de Mello memorial lecture, the mother-of-six explained: 'We need to stand true to the ideals of the UN...we are the UN.' 

She added: 'There is no shortcut to peace and security... I am a proud American and I am an internationalist.' 

Rousing the audience for her Viera de Mello memorial lecture, the mother-of-six explained: 'We need to stand true to the ideals of the UN...we are the UN.'

Sérgio Vieira de Mello was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked for the UN for more than 34 years before he was killed in the Canal Hotel Bombing in Iraq along with 20 other members of his staff in 2003. 

Just a day before that, she had a busy day in London that culminated in grand surroundings when she paid an evening visit to London's Buckingham Palace.

The Hollywood actress was joined by son Maddox as they took the short trip from their lavish hotel, just hours after she accepted a new role as professor in practice of London School of Economics.

Dressed appropriately in a smart black evening dress and matching leather boots, Angelina looked typically elegant as they made their way towards a waiting car.  

With her brunette hair swept back, Angelina revealed her sharply defined features, accentuated by deft touches of make-up.

Walking alongside his mother, Maddox appeared to be in high spirits ahead of their visit to the Queen's historic London home.

Given their destination the 15-year old looked surprisingly casual in a loose fitting shirt, jeans and trainers.  

With a hotel doorman quietly observing, the pair offered bystanders a polite smile as they climbed into their vehicle. 

Moments later their car was been being accepted through the wrought iron gates of the Palace.

It is understood Angelina and Maddox were given a highly unusual private tour of Buckingham Palace, where no members of the royal family were present. 

The Palace will be open daily for visits to its State Rooms from 9:30am to 7:30pm from July 22 to August 31. 

It will reopen for tourists from September 1 to October 1, with exclusive evening visits running from  5:30pm.  

Earlier that day the star said she was 'feeling butterflies' before she lectured at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, beginning a new master's course on the impact of war on women.

Despite her nerves, she embodied her new, visiting professor mantle perfectly, paring down her iconic Hollywood image in favour of a simple yet sophisticated longline coat.  

Angelina told London's Evening Standard: 'I’m a little nervous, feeling butterflies. I hope I do well. This is very important to me.'  

The actress addressed a class of students taking the same-titled postgraduate course, Women, Peace and Security - and her speech went down well with the class, who described the presentation as 'wonderful'. 

The course helps scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.

They conduct original research and teach with the aim of promoting gender equality and enhancing women’s economic, social and political participation and security. 

As part of her fellowship, Angelina will also be able to conduct her own research in the field. 

The activist spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as United Nations Special Envoy. 

Afterwards, students were full of praise for the actress, sharing pictures from inside her lecture and calling her presentation 'wonderful'.

One starstruck attendee reassured the 'nervous' speaker by saying: 'Ms. Jolie, you did wonderfully!' while another simply said: 'Incredible lecture by Angelina today'

Another post-graduate student added: 'She'll make an amazing visiting professor. So honored to hear her inaugural lecture at LSE on sexual violence, rape, working w/ refugees'

Visiting: It is understood to be her first lecture at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

One other shared a group picture with the actress and captioned it: 'When Angelina Jolie is the guest lecturer at LSE'  

In her new role, Angelina is invited to attended public events and workshops in association with the course, 'as her schedule allows'.

She co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative - aiming to end the stigma suffered by survivors of sexual violence, and children born of rape - five years ago.

Her work includes minimising the long term consequences this may have in communities as well as reconciliation and peacebuilding.

The school announced the presence of Angelina on their own social media account on Tuesday morning and word quickly spread across campus. 

'Was just sitting in an LSE cafe waiting for my lecture,' one stunned Facebook user wrote. 'And Angelina Jolie strolls past and into the upstairs offices followed by flashing cameras. 

'Needless to say, I was looking fairly out of place, we made eye contact and I saw my life flash before my eyes... Jokes but seriously if you're around on campus, Angelina is currently in Tower 2'

Naturally, the moviestar's visit wasn't without anticipated hysteria with some even suggesting that it was the best thing to happen to the university during their study.

'Angelina Jolie on campus,' one gushed. 'I'm finally seing the advantages of going to LSE jk'

Another concurred: 'Everybody sharing that picture of Angelina Jolie at LSE bc it's the best bit of being here'

Noticing the student body buzz, one other added: 'Angelina Jolie just gave a lecture at LSE and everybody is going crazy lol'

The not-so subtle attention Angelina had drawn was not to every student's taste and another joked: 'Is Angelina Jolie on campus today? If only loads of people shared it on every social media platform, we'd know.' 

Announcing her role back in May, Angelina originally said: 'I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.'

In the unpaid role, Angelina, alongside ex-foreign secretary William Hague, has agreed to teach a minimum of one lecture in the one-term master's course.

From September, the course will develop students will be able to take an entire master’s - which makes the London School of Economics the first to offer this.

Professor Christine Chinkin, Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, said in a statement issued to MailOnline: 'I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie brought to the class.'

Chinkin continued: 'Global action to enhance women's human rights, and the economic, social and political participation of women takes place at all levels – through local activism, international institutions, and cross-border initiatives. 

'Critical and constructive engagement with this work is at the core of the education programme of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.'

Previously, Angelina was there to see the centre opened in February 2015 and has therefore been a supporter ever since.   

It was Angelina's humanitarian work that brought her to London from Los Angeles with her six children, at the weekend.

Unsupported by ex-husband Brad Pitt during her visit to the British capital, Angelina has been looking after Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, all by herself.

Angelina filed for divorce from her husband Brad in September 2016 after 10 years together, and confirmed that the family was 'coping' after a 'difficult time', last month.

So far, the family's stay has seen them stocking up on books at Waterstone's and also treated to new toys at Hamley's.

On Monday, Angelina commenced a busy week by taking part in a panel discussion at World Vision UK HQ on the 5 year anniversary of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Angelina said: 'All of us involved in PSVI are proud of the work so far. 

'But with much more to do we are very focused on the next steps: taking the tools that have been developed into the field to help document crimes and support prosecutions, working with militaries to change doctrine and training, and pushing for the implementation of laws to protect the very vulnerable victims.'

Angelina is now promoting the Time to Act initiative and work will place a greater focus on dealing with trauma and support to child and male survivors.

Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, wrote her life story with the pop legend in her memoir, "The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince". Garcia also included heartbreaking story of their child's death. The boy who was named Amiir (Arabic for prince) died only six days after he was born because of Pfeiffer Syndrome type 2. 


In the memoir, she recalled the memory back when Amiir was born. Right after she delivered her baby, she heard her husband asked the nurse, "Why is the baby not crying?" She said that Prince's face turned from pure joy to horror when he looked at the baby. "They brought the baby over to us, "she said. "He was curled on his side, gasping shallow little gulps of air. Because there were no lids to blink, his eyes looked startled and dry. I caught hold of his tiny hand, saying over and over, 'Mama loves you, Mama's here.' " 


The brunette beauty admitted that the doctor had warned her about possible genetic abnormalities, but Prince always refused any medical intervention. "Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities. The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in 'cloverleaf skull,' in which the yes are outside the sockets," she wrote. 


"I don't think he ever got over it," she explained in an interview with PEOPLE. "I don't know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven't." She then added that writing a book about her life with the deceased star was not easy, saying, "I've been making notes of my life but when it finally came time to write it, it took me back and I cried many tears. But I also think that it's liberating."


Prince was married to Garcia in 1996, and she was pregnant with Amiir on the same year. Garcia then suffered from miscarriage a year after. The couple was married for four years and divorced in 2000. Sixteen years later, Prince died on April 21, 2016 of an overdose at Paisley Park. 


"The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince" is set to be released on April 4, 2017. 



An English hospital on Thursday became the nation's first to win authorisation to use the three-person fertility technique in an effort to prevent inherited disease.


Britain last year became the first country in the world to legally offer such a treatment after parliament approved legislation in December.


Doctors at the Newcastle Fertility Centre in northeast England will however not be able to go ahead with technique until an application by an individual patient has been approved.


"This significant decision represents the culmination of many years hard work by researchers, clinical experts and regulators," said Sally Cheshire, head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.


"Patients will now be able to apply individually to the HFEA to undergo mitochondrial donation treatment at Newcastle, which will be life-changing for them, as they seek to avoid passing on serious genetic diseases to future generations," she said.


British lawmakers voted in 2016 to allow the treatment, in which the DNA of the mother, father and a female donor are combined to create a baby.


Mitochondria are structures in cells which generate vital energy and contain their own set of genes called mDNA which is passed through the mother.


Mitochondrial diseases cause symptoms ranging from poor vision to diabetes and muscle wasting, and health officials estimate around 125 babies are born with the mutations in Britain every year.


The first baby conceived using mitochondrial donation was born in 2016 in Mexico, where there are no rules on its use, but Britain is the first to officially authorise it.


Around 3,000 British families could benefit from the therapy, but Cheshire said she expected that "many won't come forward".


The treatment remains controversial in Britain and elsewhere, with religious leaders among its detractors.


The Roman Catholic Church opposes the move, pointing out that it would involve the destruction of human embryos as part of the process, while the Church of England has said ethical concerns "have not been sufficiently explored".


The Newcastle clinic said it was "delighted".


"This announcement gives a hope and silver lining as we all strive together to help these women," said Meenakshi Choudhary, consultant gynaecologist at the clinic.


Adam Balen, chair of the British Fertility Society said it was "a historical step towards eradicating genetic disease".

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