The Big Bang Theory's Future Looks Very Hopeful To CBS Execs

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The Big Bang Theory may not be going out with bang any time soon. Chatter over the possible end of CBS's super popular sitcom has been around for a while, but fans worried they may be witnessing the final chapters of their favorite comedy can breathe a sigh of relief. According to CBS Senior EVP of Programming Thom Sherman, the show will go on for as long as co-creator Chuck Lorre and the Big Bang Theory creative team thinks it can. In fact, he hopes to get at least two more years of the hit series.

If the CBS executive's hopes come true, that would put The Big Bang Theory at 14 seasons, which at that point would merit pushing for Season 15 because yes, it sounds just a bit better. TVGuide shared the tidbit, which came during a call with reporters Wednesday. The positive news comes fresh off the series' Season 11 finale that saw Amy and Sheldon finally get married. It's a development fans are going to want to relish for more than one season.

CBS' decision to push for more of The Big Bang Theory makes total sense. As the old adage goes, if it isn't broke, don't fix it. Despite the fact that the show has been running for over a decade, it is still one of the most popular and most-watched series on television. There is no need to end the show while it is still in the midst of a hot streak.

Story-wise, The Big Bang Theory still has many places to go. With Amy and Sheldon having wed, there could be plotlines centered on their life as newlyweds, not to mention the shenanigans the other characters can get into. The network is deeply invested in the show, having spun it off into the prequel series Young Sheldon. When The Big Bang Theory ends, there could be room for even more spinoffs, ensuring the franchise's presence on TV.

Fans are clearly not tiring of The Big Bang Theory's story and its characters, which should only fuel producers' interest in exploring the world of the series even more. Whether all of the cast members are on board with sticking around for a few more years will probably play into the lifespan of the series. But let's be honest: if The Big Bang Theory went off the air with Season 12, the network would probably already be planning a reboot a few years later.

The Big Bang Theory returns for Season 12 on Thursdays this fall at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. To get a better idea of what is coming up this fall, check out our 2018 network TV rundown. As for what you can watch while you await the return of The Big Bang Theory, check out our summer premiere schedule.

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