Penny was initially called Katie and it appears bosses just did not take to the character or Cuoco in the role. Can fans imagine The Big Bang Theor
Penny was initially called Katie and it appears bosses just did not take to the character or Cuoco in the role.
Can fans imagine The Big Bang Theory without one of their favourite characters and actresses?
Cuoco sees the initial rejection as something positive now as the episodes and years have passed by.
She recently admitted: “I didn’t get [the role of Katie] the first time around. I was too young, which I love saying because I don’t get to say that I’m too young anymore.
“Then, a year later, I heard they were doing it again, and they brought me back in to read for Penny.”
How the course of history could have been so different for one of the US’s favourite comedy sitcoms.
The actress has played the role for twelve years and her character has become an integral part of the show, typified by her relationship with Leonard Hofstadter (played by Johnny Galecki).
Not only was the actor rejected but the character was initially scrapped and was not even called Penny.
Warner Bros president and chief content officer Peter Roth told TV Insider: “In the first pilot, the character of Penny [originally named Katie] was not as appealing as the proverbial girl next door.
“It was not the actress [Amanda Walsh] but rather the conceit of the character. Fortunately, Nina Tassler, then-president of CBS Entertainment, realised we had something very special and said, ‘Let’s do it again.’”
Fans can thank her for introducing one of their favourite characters and seeing potential where others did not.
Alongside Penny, the show has produced much-loved characters such as Leonard, Sheldon Cooper, Howard Wolowitz and Rajesh Koothrappali.
Cuoco has now joined co-stars in expressing her sadness, after CBS announced the hour-long series finale will be May 16.
She posted on her Instagram story: “I’m not crying, you’re crying,” with a screenshot of the release date news.
Leonard star Johnny Galecki also tweeted his sadness: “273 episodes filmed. 26 days left on the Big Bang stage. Six episodes to be filmed. 66 days until the one hour finale airs.
“All VERY surreal. Much [heart emoji] to all the fans.”
Amy Farrah Fowler star Mayim Bialik also added: “All things must end, even the good things must end. I have to be in acceptance of what is, instead of lamenting what was and fearing what’s next.”
The fear of the unknown is something that fans can relate to as they face the prospect of living without their favourite TV series of 12 years.
The show has been one of the US’s most popular comedies since its release in 2007 and has become the longest multi-camera series in television history.
Fans have been in overdrive since the announcement of the series finale and have been speculating on what will become of their favourite characters as the series draws to a close.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays on CBS and in the UK on E4.