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CBS sitcom with openly gay star gets mega-renewal of three more seasons

Fans will be getting plenty more of Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory
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Jim Parsons, who has already won three Emmys for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, will have plenty of opportunity to win more.

CBS took the unusual step today of renewing the ratings hit for three more seasons instead of the usual season-by-season approach almost all shows must endure.

The lengthy renewal assures the show of being on the air through the 2016-17 season. The show premiered in 2007.

Parsons casually came out as gay in a line that was part of a larger profile on him in The New York Times in May 2012.

The show not only remained as popular as ever but is also a smash in syndication.

'Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,' CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. 'This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons.'

In addition to Parsons, the show also stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, and Kaley Cuoco.

Parsons also has a role in the upcoming AIDS drama The Normal Heart to air on HBO in May.

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