It looks like "The Big Bang Theory" might not end just yet after season 10. During the fourth-quarter earnings call of CBS this week, chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves confirmed that they are currently in final talks with Warner Bros. for a possible two-year deal.
As reported by Deadline, the multi-million dollar contracts of "The Big Bang Theory" cast members Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are set to lapse by the end of season 10. This will expire along with the license agreement of Warner Bros. with CBS. However, the three actors and their co-stars Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are now in the final stages of closing a new contract, which means that the sitcom might be renewed for another two seasons.
The new deal will reportedly cover 24 episodes for every season, although there are speculations that this might be trimmed down due to cast members who are now busy with other projects outside the Emmy-winning sitcom.
Once the contract is inked, each of the five main characters will be paid as much as $1 million per episode. This will extend the series to season 12, making it one of the longest-running sitcoms on TV.
According to Variety, the deal will also come with the development of a prequel project that will center on Sheldon Cooper (Parsons) and his formative years. In the said project, Parsons will work alongside "Big Bang" showrunner Steve Molaro as one of the executive producers.
Meanwhile, the current season is now on its 16th episode. Based on spoilers for the episode, Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Sheldon will have their first major fight as a couple as the former learns from Bert (Brian Posehn) that he and the entire university actually know that they only have sex once a year, revealed by Sheldon himself.
"The Big Bang Theory" season 10 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.