With The Big Bang Theory currently at the tail end of Season 9 and the series only picked up to run until Season 10, the future of the much beloved sitcom looks a little uncertain.
Sometime over the next year CBS and Warner Bros will have to battle it out in negotiations to ensure the return of the show for an 11th season, and the first obstacle to overcome will be getting the main cast to extend their contracts. But, considering a recent TV Line interview with some of the cast, it might not be such a difficult task to get them to commit to another season.
After asking Kaley Cuoco (Penny) whether or not she thinks the show will end after 10 seasons, she replied:
"No. I think it’s a given that we want to be here. That’s the overall consensus. 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."
That's the spirit, Kaley!
But it wasn't only Cuoco who sounded optimistic about the option of the show extending beyond Season 10, with Jim Parsons (Sheldon) sounding similarly enthusiastic:
"If the opportunity to go past Season 10 came up, I’d be very hard-pressed to tell you who [among the cast] might say no — if anybody would. I wouldn’t. The writers are still so devoted and on top of it. The stories that come out are still so much fun to play — there’s no drudgery aspect to this. I’m trying to imagine when an actor in a good situation would go, ‘I’m out of here!' I don’t think it would be between Seasons 10 and 11 — not if things are going well."
Alright, so at the very least we'll have Sheldon and Penny for Season 11? Sounds good to me!
Of course aside from the cast wanting to return, I'm sure CBS is eager to keep such a successful show on the air. The Big Bang Theory is currently averaging 15.7 million viewers every week, and a 3.9 demo rating. These numbers easily make it the No. 1 comedy on TV, edging out nearest competitor Modern Family by a significant margin. Surely no network will be quick to ax its prize cash cow — even if it did mean upping the cast's already significant salaries.