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08/16/2013 01:15 pm ET

When Will 'Big Bang Theory' End? Jim Parsons Sees The CBS Comedy Having 12 Seasons

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CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the biggest hits on TV, and even though it's entering its seventh season, fans shouldn't be worried about the comedy nearing its end.

Jim Parsons, who's won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," told Emmy magazine, "Part of me thinks this show could go 11 or 12 years ... We seem to be a bit of an anomaly in that we’re holding on to a sizable audience, and it doesn't fluctuate."

Parsons said he plans to stick with the series for its entire run, however long that may be. "I love playing the character and getting to perform live every week,” he told Emmy magazine. “God knows it's been one of the best things that's ever happened to me in my life. From here on out, nothing I do -- no matter how different or divergent it gets -- won’t be tied in some way to 'Big Bang.'"

During a Warner Bros.-hosted Emmy panel on "The Big Bang Theory" set moderated by TV Guide Magazine's Rob Moynihan, Parsons' co-star Johnny Galecki said he thinks the show could go on for more like 14 seasons or more.

"When you hear something like Season 7, that puts it in a very surreal perspective. Shows that get that opportunity are those iconic, legendary shows," Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter, said during the panel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Not to make any predictions whatsoever, but as far as the lifeline of most shows, the seventh year, you're past the halfway mark. I personally don't feel like we've told half the stories that these characters have to tell. It doesn't feel to me like we're halfway through. I'm certainly not done working with all of these people."

After the panel, TVGuide.com asked "Big Bang" executive producer Bill Prady if he saw an end in sight for the series. "If you'd ask the question after Season 4, you'd say, 'Boy, it would be great to get to Season 8.' But then you have a season like last year and you say, 'Well, maybe there's more to it than that,'" Prady said. "It's possible to keep going because everybody likes each other and no one has gone crazy and no one is mean."

Showrunner Steve Molaro added, "I feel like we've got a long way to go. As far as how many years, I can't put a number on it, but I cautiously and optimistically believe it'll be a long time."

And co-creator Chuck Lorre echoed Molaro's sentiments. "You don't want to overstay your welcome, but you don't want to miss out on an opportunity like this," he told TVGuide.com."I just know we're having a blast now and it's a lot of fun. It doesn't feel like Year 7 at all."

For more from the "Big Bang Theory," click over to TV Guide and for more from Parsons, check out Emmy magazine.

"The Big Bang Theory" returns with its one-hour Season 7 premiere on Thursday, September 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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