Nellie Andreeva

With star Kaley Couco sidelined by a broken leg following a horseback accident last weekend, The Big Bang Theory is taking a breather to give more time to the actress to recuperate — and to the writers to figure out how to handle her absence. The Warner Bros TV-produced show is on a scheduled week-long hiatus, which started on Wednesday. Now it has been extended for another week. Cuoco missed the taping at the beginning of this week, and probably won’t be able to start right after the hiatus ends. But producers are optimistic that she may be gone for as few as 2-3 episodes altogether. It is not clear if her injury will be written into the show. But it seems clear that the actress will be able to make a full recovery. It’s been a big week for Big Bang and its the stars. The show is headed into its new Thursday 8 PM slot, and leads Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Cuoco netted big salary increases.

Here is the official statement:

“Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions all wish Kaley a speedy recovery, and we look forward to her return. In order to allow her more recuperation time and to adjust future storylines, The Big Bang Theory is taking a two-week production hiatus. However, the show’s broadcast schedule will continue as planned, with no airdate interruptions.”

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