Will Season 10 mark the end of The Big Bang Theory?
Showrunner Steve Molaro tells The Hollywood Reporter that, while "it's certainly possible" the show will continue beyond its 10th season, producers are approaching the 2016-17 run as if it's the CBS comedy's last.
"The reality is that maybe Season 10 is the ending point," Molaro told THR. "I don't know and all I can do right now is go episode to episode and try to make each one the best that we can. There's still so many episodes to go. Even if hypothetically Season 10 was the end, I wouldn't be focusing on that yet. That seems like something that would be dealt with way down the line."
Creator Chuck Lorre is even more unwilling to cite an end date. "I'm not going to presume to know how many years this has because it's ridiculous for me to guess," he tells THR. "As long as everybody is having a good time and we're making a show we're proud of ... then it's worth continuing."
Now in the middle of its ninth season, The Big Bang Theory is the number-one comedy on television among adults 18-49 and has already been renewed for Season 10, with hefty paychecks for its stars.
If Season 10 is the final run, both Lorre and Molaro tell THR there are several plot points on their checklist of things they want to resolve before the show ends, including a formal wedding for Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a scientific breakthrough for Leonard and Sheldon (Jim Parsons), and the introduction of extended family members, including Sheldon's Meemaw, Penny's mom and Leonard's dad.
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