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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory has already had an amazing run by anyone’s standards. The show has remained a hit for nine seasons, and shows no real sign of slowing down. It's already been renewed for a tenth season, and fans are already wondering if that will actually be the show’s last. One of the biggest hurdles to giving the show an eleventh season, would, of course, be to make sure the stars of the comedy are willing to keep going. Is it possible that one, or more, of the Big Bang Theory gang won’t be up for yet another season? Well, Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the series, has some pretty concrete ideas on that.
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.
Kaley Cuoco spoke to TVLine about the possibility that her fellow cast members would bow out after next season. But, it sounds like she’s pretty sure that everyone is game to remain a part of the show for as long as they can. Honestly, that’s not a big surprise. Getting a gig in Hollywood that lasts for as long as this one has is not an easy feat.
After a slow start in the first and second seasons, The Big Bang Theory began to take off in the ratings with its third season premiere in September of 2009. That episode was CBS’ highest rated show of the night and the series reached a then ratings high of 12.83 million viewers. Just three seasons later, with the show getting even more exposure in syndication, the series hit another high of 20 million viewers. This season is still very strong for The Big Bang Theory, with the show averaging 15.7 million viewers a week.
Jim Parsons added in the same article that he believes that one of the reasons the cast is eager to stay put is that the stories “are still so much fun to play.” One thing that’s been keeping the show fresh in the past few seasons is the deepening of character relationships, such as the ones between Penny and Leonard, and Sheldon and Amy. The characters have been allowed to grow, while still retaining many of the things we loved about them in the first place.
The continued popularity of the show is, undoubtedly, enough to keep the cast around for several years to come all on its own, but the fact that they still enjoy working on the show says volumes about why it’s still so well-loved in the first place. All there is to do now is wait for Kaley Cuoco and the rest of the cast to sign on for more seasons so we can let the laughter ensue for even more years to come.