It sounds like we shouldn't count our chickens before they've hatched and CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory might not be coming to an end just yet.
Still ranking as the most-watched television comedy for that key 18-49 demographic, fans of the zany sitcom were relieved to find out that the show had been renewed for season 11 and 12. With another 48 episodes still to come, there is a long road ahead for our geeky gang, but rumors of their departure may have been greatly exaggerated.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, co-creator Chuck Lorre doesn't seem to see an end in sight for Sheldon and co.:
"We never really figured to be at year 11, let alone what's going to happen after 12. One could easily presume that would be the end of the series, but I'm just amazed we're here."
Unlike many modern shows, The Big Bang Theory refuses to plot its arcs in advance. Giving a more spur of the moment feel to the show is arguably what had helped keep it fresh, but you have to ask how much longer will this winning formula continue? Remembering that big shows like Seinfeld and Friends bowed out before an 11th season, The Big Bang Theory has outlived many of its comedy counterparts.
However, with CBS also concentrating on The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, could there be a new lease of life for the main show? After stepping back as showrunner to concentrate on Young Sheldon, Steve Molaro says that the comedy takes each day as it comes:
"We look at one episode at a time, that's what we've been doing for the last 10 years and it's gotten us this far."
As for the big question on whether it will be an unlucky/lucky 13 for The Big Bang Theory, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl was optimistic for a bright future for our nerds:
"As long as we can go; 20 years. I hope to have it as long as we can."
With expensive costs of up to $10 million per episode, The Big Bang Theory isn't exactly the cheapest show around to create. That being said, with CBS and WBTV expected to cover costs equally, and with such impressive ratings, winding the show to a close now would seem like a foolish mistake to make. Also, with the original cast of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg even taking pay cuts to keep the show going, it doesn't look like those all-important actors plan on going anywhere either. Thankfully, for the time being, there seems to be plenty of adventures in the pipeline for Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard, Bernadette, and Amy.