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'Big Bang Theory' Renewed for Three More Seasons

"The Occupation Recalibration" -- Sheldon (Jim Parsons, center) tries to relax after he is forced to take a vacation. Meanwhile, Leonard (Johnny Galecki, left) struggles to be supportive of Penny (Kaley Cuoco, right) after she quits her job, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, Jan. 9 (8:00 - 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights ReservedMonty Brintonnull

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Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) will get to keep his favorite spot on his couch for three more years.

CBS announced Wednesday that "The Big Bang Theory" has been renewed for three more seasons, which means Sheldon, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and their science-loving pals will have been around for at least a decade when all is said and done.

Currently in its seventh season, "The Big Bang Theory" is attracting its largest audience yet with an average of nearly 20 million viewers.

It's not the first time CBS has given the Chuck Lorre-produced comedy a vote of confidence. In 2009, the network picked up the show for two more seasons; in 2011, "Big Bang" received its first three-season renewal order.

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“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy."

"Big Bang" didn't start off as a breakout hit. Its ascent into the top tier of television has been hard-earned and is one of the most compelling TV stories of the decade.

It has been nominated for three Emmys for best comedy series.

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