Much like fans of The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco also don't want the sitcom to end - even floating the idea of a reboot as early as 2020. One of the original cast members of the long-running sitcom, and the only female lead before Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) became regulars in season 4, the actress has played the role of Penny for 12 years and has grown attached to the part. No wonder she's having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that she'll be bidding goodbye to the series soon.
The decision to end the long-running show after this year came barely a month before season 12 premiered. Reports claim that Jim Parsons' decision to not return for another outing was what led to its cancellation, despite initial conversations about CBS wanting to order another outing. From the network's perspective, renewing The Big Bang Theory was almost a no-brainer, considering its high viewership ratings even after more than a decade. That's why they were willing to give the actors massive raises as an incentive to continue doing the series. However, contract talks fell through, with Parsons adamant that it's time to move on from his gig playing Sheldon Cooper after 12 years. Aside from him, the rest of the cast had been nothing but positive when asked regarding the future of the sitcom, most of them saying that if it was up to them, they'll continue doing the show forever, including Cuoco.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the Golden Globes red carpet, Cuoco was asked to comment about the impending end of The Big Bang Theory. Known for being outspoken, the actress admitted she doesn't want to say goodbye to the show just yet, suggesting the idea of a reboot of the sitcom in 2020 in which she'd be able to reprise her character. "Everyone's doing rebooting. We might as well do it in, like, a year. I'm fine with that," she said.
Cuoco's obviously at least partially joking, since the possibility of a reboot happening just a year from the original show wrapping up is very little to none. However, her being vocal about not wanting to leave the franchise altogether could give CBS the idea for a spinoff, perhaps revolving around Penny and Johnny Galecki's Leonard (a Young Sheldon spinoff is already a hit for the network). While it would've been so much easier to continue The Big Bang Theory without Sheldon and Amy, the show's branding is strongly associated with all seven main characters. Launching an offshoot where the premise and cast of characters are clear would be a great way for the network to continue capitalizing on the show's popularity, and allow Cuoco and some other actors to continue reprising their respective roles. But as of right now, fans will have to deal with the fact that there are only 13 more episodes before everyone's favorite nerdy gang says goodbye.
If a potential spinoff or reboot doesn't work out, those involved in crafting the final season of The Big Bang Theory have their work cut out for them in regard to wrapping up Penny's narrative. Aside from the mystery of her last name before she became a Hofstadter when she tied the knot with Leonard, her married life is currently in limbo. The couple has yet to resolve the lingering issue of whether or not to have kids, as it hasn't been specifically discussed again since it was brought up earlier this season.
The Big Bang Theory season 12 airs Thursdays on CBS.
Source: Entertainment Tonight