Despite being a total ratings bonanza (or is that a bazinga?), a recent interview with The Big Bang Theory showrunner, Steve Molaro, has set off panic that Season 10 of the long-running series may be its last one.
The show is current in its ninth season on CBS and is renewed until 2017, but after that its future is uncertain. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about whether or not the show will continue, Molaro was realistic, saying:
"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. 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."
But despite an uncertain future after Season 10, Molaro mentioned several different ideas and characters who he would like to form a story arc around if possible:
"There are still a lot of characters out there in this world that we've never met that I'm still excited, over the next season and a half, to get a chance to do something about. We've never met Penny's mom, Leonard's dad, Sheldon's Meemaw or Howard's dad — and that's a big tentpole that's still floating out there."
I've gotta say, I'd love to finally see some of these characters on screen, especially Sheldon's Meemaw -- anyone else?
But while the future of The Big Bang Theory is still uncertain, the show is currently quickly approaching its 200th episode which will air in early 2016, an event that will surely be quite the spectacle.
'The Big Bang Theory' returns to CBS on January 7, 2016.