‘The Big Bang Theory’: What’s Really Coming Next After Season 10

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Season 10 cast of The Big Bang Theory | CBS

The Big Bang Theory returned for Season 10, and has been introducing a bunch of new characters. But although the show is back with a wedding and many more things in store, there is one question that is on every fan’s mind. What’s really coming next after Season 10? Will this actually be the show’s last season?

Some fans have rightfully been worried that this could be the case. Showrunner Steven Molaro told The Hollywood Reporter that it is very possible that this season could be its last. But he still didn’t give a concrete answer on whether it would be.

I think so. I can’t speak to the future or on behalf of the cast or where we’ll be then but it’s certainly possible that it could go past that. The reality is that maybe Season 10 is the ending point. The real answer is 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.

This question of course has nothing to do with ratings. In Season 9, the show roped in 20.3 million viewers per episode, according to The Wrap. The demographic is an advertiser’s dream with adults 18 to 49, so the show is a ratings giant that makes money. So much money that the cast has been making headlines for their large paychecks.

The Big Bang Theory | CBS

The Big Bang Theory | CBS

Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki have all made $1 million per episode since Season 8. Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have been making $750,000 per episode and Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik make $100,000 per episode. That’s certainly a lot of money that they have had to renegotiate over the years. But now that the entire cast’s contracts will soon be up it looks like they will be asking for more money or walking away.

When Jimmy Kimmel asked Cuoco if the show will be back for Season 11 she answered, “It’s a very expensive question for a lot of people.” She’s not the only person from the cast who has been asked this question. Nayyar was also put on the spot to try and answer what the show’s future could look like, but he gave a much more vague answer.

Look, next season, as it stands on our contract, could be the last season of Big Bang Theory,” he said according to E! News. “To be completely honest, I know people are gonna want to know what happens after Season 10. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” The good news is that the cast might get their wish since the network looks like it wants to keep the show on air as long as possible.

We are very confident that everyone involved wants more Big Bang past Year 10,” CBS President Glenn Geller said according to TV Line. “I know Warner Bros. will make those deals … We’ll put it on for as long as everyone wants Big Bang on the air. I hope it lasts forever.”

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory | CBS

We still don’t know how these negotiations between the actors and the network will play out. The show’s three stars are already making salaries that can only be compared to the cast of Friends. Chances are they will get whatever they ask for because people tune in to see their characters. But although the supporting cast should get raises, it’s very possible that they might not be as successful and their time on-screen might end as a sacrifice. The best case scenario is that everyone gets what they want so they all come back. The worst case is that this season may be some character’s last.

So chances are the show will come back after Season 10, and even better it will be for more than just one more season. Last time everyones’ contracts were up and the show’s future was questioned, the show made a surprising move of doing a consecutive three-year renewal of the show. That was the second time the network ordered the show for three seasons up front.

Knowing that all of this is a possibility, the writers didn’t write this upcoming season as the ending for the characters. Chances are this season will have all of our favorite characters in a new place in their lives, but we will leave them in new situations that will have to be addressed in future episodes.

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