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The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 26, 8/7c
Where We Left Off: With Penny's and Sheldon's blessing, Leonard left on a four-month research trip. After Lucy dumped Raj via text, Penny consoled, which led him to speak to her for the first time — without the aid of alcohol!
What's Next: Leonard won't be back from the research trip when Season 7 premieres — we'll see him work on the expedition — which gives Penny and Sheldon ample time to bond, so much so that Penny doesn't go on Bernadette and Amy's girls' trip. Having overcome his selective mutism, Raj won't be able to shut up around the ladies, and we might finally meet his parents in the flesh. Though Amy and Sheldon made progress intimately via their Dungeon & Dragons avatars, their relationship will continue to move at a glacial pace. Regina King will return as the university's director of human resources.