While “The Big Bang Theory” takes a week off following its incredibly star-studded 200th episode, some fans are wondering when the day will come that the show no longer makes new episodes. With the popular CBS comedy renewed through Season 10, viewers are buzzing if the upcoming return of the show will end up being its last.
Fortunately for fans of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and the gang, the only hurdle stopping “The Big Bang Theory” from pressing on past Season 10 would be the cast’s desire to stay on with the show. While many popular sitcoms like “That 70s Show,” The Office” and “Two and a Half Men” have bled core cast members in later seasons, the stars of “The Big Bang Theory” don't seem to be looking for a way out any time soon.
“I think it’s a given that we want to be here. That’s the overall consensus,” actress Kaley Cuoco told TVLine. “It might be a sticky road, but if I have anything to do with it, we’d be here for much longer. That’s the goal.”
In the same interview, Parsons echoed sentiments he previously stated, saying that he is happy to stick with the show as long as the writing continues to challenge him. In short, it seems like the cast is on board to renew their contracts with CBS beyond Season 10. However, that doesn’t mean that the upcoming negotiations with the network will go off completely without a hitch.
While the talent in front of the camera seems to be on board to keep the “Big Bang Theory” train running into another decade, the talent behind the scenes isn’t as confident in the show’s ability to move beyond Season 10. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter in December, showrunner Steve Molaro remained cautiously optimistic.
“I think so. I can't speak to the future or on behalf of the cast or where we'll be then but it's certainly possible that it could go past that," he said. "The reality is that maybe Season 10 is the ending point. The real answer is I don't know and all I can do right now is go episode to episode and try to make each one the best that we can. There's still so many episodes to go. Even if hypothetically Season 10 was the end, I wouldn't be focusing on that yet. That seems like something that would be dealt with way down the line."
How long do you want to see “The Big Bang Theory” go on for? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy. Season 9 episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" air Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.