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Big Bang Theory fans, get excited: Mayim Bialik is coming back to TV with a cat café comedy

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Big Bang Theory fans, get excited: Mayim Bialik is reuniting with her former co-star Jim Parsons in Carla, a brand new cat café comedy based on the hit BBC series from Miranda Hart.

After nearly a decade as a permanent TV fixture, The Big Bang Theory disappeared from our screens earlier this year, leaving us seriously pining for the gang of budding academic scientists.

Now, Mayim Bialik, who rose to fame as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit sitcom, is heading back to TV with a brand new venture. And, rather excitingly, it involves coffee and cats.

Mayim Bialik, who played neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, is heading back to our screens

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor’s first-post Big Bang project is a new TV series called Carla. Based on Miranda Hart’s hit UK show Miranda, the new comedy follows the story of Carla, a 39 year-old woman who “struggles every day against her mother to prove that you cannot have everything you want — and still be happy.” That’s why she uses the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bialik is also set to reunite with Jim Parsons, who played her former on-screen husband Sheldon Cooper in the much-loved sitcom. The duo will executive produce the new series, although only Bialik will appear in front of the camera to drink coffee and chill out with the cats, sadly.

The new series is a a co-production between Fox Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV, and is set to air on the network in autumn 2020. 

“In pursuing a hand-crafted approach to our scripted development, [Fox Entertainment CEO] Charlie [Collier] and I knew Carla, written by Darlene Hunt, was a project with great potential that could become the centrepiece of our comedy slate — and Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik coming to Fox Entertainment is obviously an enormous part of that equation,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. 

Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) in The Big Bang Theory

“Carla is an unapologetically big, broad multicam with a strong female point-of-view, pushing the format in a way that will be distinctive. With the A+ creative team, our partners at Warner Bros., led by the inimitable Peter Roth, and BBC Studios, we think we have something truly special here,” he continued.

The comedy comes with a series commitment penalty, which means that if the show isn’t made into a series, Fox will have to pay Warner Bros. TV. So, in all likelihood, we’ll get to see Bialik and her cat café on our screens in the not-too-distant future. 

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