‘The Big Bang Theory’ might not be ending after all

Cast members had indicated that the 12th series would be the show's last

Despite strong rumours that The Big Bang Theory would end after its forthcoming 12th season, new reports indicate that a 13th is still on the cards.

According to TVLine, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said that there was no indication that the show would definitely be drawing to a close.

“We don’t believe it’s the final year,” Kahl said, speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour yesterday (August 5). “We are in preliminary discussions to renew the show [for a 13th season].”

Speculation that the hit comedy would be cancelled began in September last year, when cast member Kunal Nayyar, who plays Raj, said that that it “is going to come to an end, and sooner rather than later.”

Lead actor Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, said that he would be happy to see the show end after 12 seasons. “I think at this point everyone’s very comfortable with 12 seasons being a good time to go home and see our families,” he said.

“The only manner in which the cast has discussed wrapping [the show] has been that we’re all going to be very sad when that day comes.”

It has also been reported that showrunner Steve Holland is working on the assumption that the 12th season is the last. Also quoted in TVLine, he responded to questions that it was the last run of shows: “Until I hear differently, yes.”

This is not the first time Kahl has countered the rumours of the show’s ending, however. “We are hopeful there will be more,” Kahl told reporters in May. “We would certainly hope to get a few more years out of it.”

In March, the show’s cast paid tribute to Professor Stephen Hawking, following his death. He had made a number of appearances on the show.