The Big Bang Theory has officially been renewed for two more seasons, according to a report by People.com’s Natalie Abrams. That puts the CBS sitcom through 2019 with a 12th season. Per Abrams, this also means that Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will return as well. Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are expected to re-up for the show as well.
“We’ll put it on for as long as everyone wants Big Bang on the air,” CBS president Glenn Geller said at the 2016 Television Critics Association’s press tour in August, per Abrams. “I hope it lasts forever.”
Executive producer Steve Molaro didn’t see Season 10, the show’s latest season, as the finale; though, he has thought about the eventual conclusion to the show.
“I have personal thoughts that have been floating around in my head, but we haven’t really talked about it,” Molaro said after the Season 9 finale, per Abrams. “It always seems like this thing hat’s off in the distance forever. Until it becomes closer to a reality, I’m not going to think about it all that much because it makes me sad.”
News of the show’s renewal for two more seasons comes after CBS ordered a pilot for a show that focuses on a younger version of Parsons’ character called Young Sheldon. The single-camera show will follow a 9-year-old Sheldon back in East Texas. Parsons will be an executive producer with creators Chuck Lorre and Molaro. Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the premiere.