The CBS sitcom didn’t quite end with a bang this awards season as it only managed to bag three Emmy nominations.
The Big Bang Theory, fresh from its series conclusion last May, was snubbed in the comedy and acting categories for the 71st Emmy Awards. Following its historic 12-year run, the finale episode received three nods with one for show director Mark Cendrowski.
Cendrowski is credited to directing 244 out of the series’ 280 episodes with his first Emmy nomination announced last year. Speaking to Deadline, the director said about the show’s finale: “I’m really, really proud of that episode. For me it was the perfect way to end the series. It’s not just another half hour of television, it was really something special.”
The biggest challenge the director faced in the Emmy nominated episode “The Stockholm Syndrome” was the overwhelming emotion that swept through the cast. The director recalls the actors getting choked up as one of them pointed out that they were shooting their last full ensemble sequence scene.
“I was saying, ‘No, no, I need one more take, none of that,” Cendrowski recalled with a laugh.
Another nomination for the last episode was for editor Peter Chakos in the multi-camera picture editing for comedy category. Crewmembers John D. O’Brien, John Pierre Dechene, Richard G. Price, James L. Hitchcock, Brian Wayne Armstrong, and John E. Goforth also earned a nomination in the category of technical direction camerawork video control.
The Big Bang Theory currently holds the title for the longest-running multi-camera sitcom in television history.