UPDATE: ‘Big Bang’ on Hiatus After Kaley Cuoco Injured

Kaley Cuoco (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Kaley Cuoco (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

UPDATE: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is shutting down production for one week after learning that injured star Kaley Cuoco will miss a few more episodes than expected, according to EW. Cuoco remains hospitalized in Los Angeles after fracturing her leg in a horse-back riding accident. The actress will fully recover and the ‘Big Bang’ airing schedule of episodes is not expected to be impacted by her absence.

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Kaley Cuoco‘s whole universe – already presumably in a hot, dense state – was sent tumbling when she suffered a broken leg in a horseriding accident this weekend.

As a result, Cuoco was put on temporary medical leave and Penny will be quickly written out of the ‘Big Bang Theory‘ episode taping this week.

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Beyond that, CBS’ high-rated sitcom was already scheduled for a one-week respite, after which Cuoco will hopefully be able to return to work.

Now as much as I luhrve Kaley (even though she’s a bit of a reality-TV nut), I would have recast Penny for the one episode with Sarah Chalke. Any ‘Roseanne‘ fans out there should follow my thinking, since Chalke was brought in as a Becky recast and ‘Big Bang’ already stars Johnny Galecki.

Slot in Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert for encores as Sheldon’s mom and Leslie Winkle, and you get a nice, buzzworthy “reunion” going on.

But that’s just me rambling. Penny will simply be written out of the episode, I am assured. Unless my pitch gets some traction, wink-wink.

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Remember: CBS’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ will air on Thursdays at 8/7c this season, starting September 23.

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