We’re only a few days away from the series finale of The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays at 8/9MT on CTV), but if Kaley Cuoco has her way, her character Penny could live on in a spin-off. Considering the huge numbers the show continues to pull in after 12 seasons, both in ratings and nominations, it’s not a bad idea.
During the cast’s hand and footprints ceremony at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood last week, Cuoco joked that she would love to see reboot of The Big Bang Theory ‘in a year.’ While that may be a little soon, Cuoco also brought up the possibility of a spin-off for her character Penny. “”The only person I would say yes to is [series creator and executive producer] Chuck Lorre,” said Cuoco. “So if Chuck came and said let’s do it, I’d say yes. Other than that, I don’t see a spin-off for myself. But I don’t like to say no to Chuck. So, if he wanted it, I’m in.”
Cuoco has played Penny since the series premiered in 2007 and has been vocal about her distress over the show coming to an end on May 16 (same). After learning in August 2018 that Season 12 would be the show’s last, Cuoco said that she sobbed and could not form words. “It was definitely a surprise to me, and especially in that moment,” said Kaley. “I just didn’t know it was going to happen like that. I’ve always said if it were up to me, I’d have been playing this character at 80 years old. It’s taking me a minute to digest that it’s coming to an end.”
Cuoco is already planning on extending the Big Bang Theory universe (science joke!) by releasing a coffee table book comprised of candid and never before seen pictures she shot over the show’s 12 seasons.
Executive Producer Chuck Lorre has said that The Big Bang Theory would only continue if Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons were all on board. While we could picture a spin-off for Penny without Parsons’ Sheldon, for Penny to move on without Galecki’s Leonard, who plays her husband, may mean we’re in for a painful finale. The couple divorce and Leonard gets custody of Sheldon? Leonard dies by falling down the broken elevator shaft or from consuming a peanut? Ugh to both scenarios.
The most realistic spin-off we could see taking place with Penny would be her own version of Young Sheldon, with a closer look at Penny’s upbringing in Omaha, Nebraska. At least Cuoco would still get to be involved via voice overs. Bazinga!
The one-hour series finale of The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday, May 16 at 8 p.m. on CTV.