After recently hitting a major milestone with its 200th episode, long-running CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” will soon hit another one as the show begins its 10th run. After that, it’s anybody’s guess whether or not the popular comedy series about a group of lovable geeks and their friends will continue on to an 11th season.
As TVLine noted, “The Big Bang Theory” was only renewed up to season 10. After that, CBS and Warner Bros. will again hold negotiations for a potential 11th run. But first, the show must get the main cast members to extend their existing contracts beyond the upcoming season. Though the question of staying put in a series that enjoys a wide viewership and a sizeable fanbase seems like a no-brainer, TV stars do start feeling antsy after working on a particular series for too long. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), for one, left “Grey’s Anatomy” after the medical drama’s 10th run.
Luckily, the “Big Bang Theory” cast members seem more than happy to remain where they are. Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, told the outlet, “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 actor, who has earned four Primetime Emmy Awards for his work in “Big Bang Theory,” added: “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.”
Co-star Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny, echoed Parsons’ sentiment, saying: “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.”
“The Big Bang Theory” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.