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There's certainly no chance of The Big Bang Theory being cancelled any time soon. The very popular sitcom's already been renewed through season 10. Will season eight be the series' biggest or worst season yet? Stay tuned.
The Big Bang Theory revolves around a group of geeky scientists, their friends and significant others. The castmembers are Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik.
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This piece was originally published on May 4, 2014, but it may be useful before tonight's Big Bang Theory season premiere. TV shows are not supposed to be this popular, not in the age of DVRs, Netflix, and cord-cutting. Nevertheless, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory—an old-fashioned multi-camera comedy about four nerdy men and three women who tolerate them—is not only television’s No. 1 show but also the highest-rated sitcom since Friends signed off in 2004. Here’s why. Casting “It’s a cast of comedy pros,” says Jaime Weinman, critic for Maclean’s. “Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco were sitcom vets. Jim Parsons became the breakout star. There’s no weak link. In TV you can’t just cast a star like in movies—you have to cast unknowns, and what [Big Bang co-creator] Chuck Lorre is good at is picking the right people for the right parts—and picking people the public will like. »
- Adam K. Raymond
After some heated contract negotiations with the cast, The Big Bang Theory returns for Season 8 as scheduled with back-to-back new episodes — and with very hefty pay raises for stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. The series airs on Mondays beginning Sept. 22 while CBS broadcasts Thursday Night Football, and then returns to its regular Thursday night slot on Oct. 30. Also See: Fall TV shows 2014: New comedy series premiere dates, times and previews First up, in “The Locomotion Interruption” (8pm Et/Pt) Leonard and Amy take an unexpected road trip to Arizona to pick up Sheldon. … Continue reading →
The post “The Big Bang Theory” Season 8 begins with two new episodes Monday appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
All aboard! The Big Bang Theory hits the road in Season 8 — but not for long after Sheldon's (Jim Parsons) 45-day cross-country train ride goes off the rails. While on a mission to find himself, the socially awkward genius actually finds himself trapped in Kingman, Arizona, with all his belongings stolen. He calls roommate Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) for help. "Sheldon can certainly still ruin Leonard's day," Galecki says with a laugh. "But there's a degree of fatherly patience that Leonard has with Sheldon that I find touching."
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- Rob Moynihan
A multi-year renewal not only means job security (and $1 million an episode at that), but allows for long-term story planning. For The Big Bang Theory producers, however, it means business as usual.
"The three-year pickup is great and wonderful, but it's not going to change what we do," executive producer Steve Molaro tells TVGuide.com. "The way we've done things has worked out pretty well so far!"
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That method means never looking further ahead than the episode in front of them. So, even with Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) engaged now, it'll be a while before you get a Save the Date.
"I don't think we feel pressure to hit these milestones," Molaro says. "I'm sure some fans want ...
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- Joyce Eng
Before the cast of The Big Bang Theory can get on with the business of portraying America's favorite eggheads (and one foxy, out-of-work actress), there is a customary ritual that always precedes the reading of the very first script of the season. It usually starts with a simple question: How did you spend your summer? Faster than you can bust out a Bazinga, details are shared in gleeful progression: Jim Parsons (Sheldon) became a Wimbledon groupie. Simon Helberg (Howard) nested at home with his second baby. Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) produced her first movie. Johnny Galecki (Leonard) jetted to Prague, Kunal Nayyar »
They're on the biggest show on TV, but the stars of The Big Bang Theory say neither fame nor their new, http://www.people.com/article/big-bang-theory-salary-negotiation-kaley-cuoco have changed them. "Everybody's got their feet on the ground, so it doesn't feel that much different than day one," star Simon Helberg, 33, tells People in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. What began as a series about four lovable brainiacs and the women who love them has blown up into the most popular sitcom on television today, but the show's stars, along with Helberg - Johnny Galecki, 39; Jim Parsons, 41; Kaley Cuoco, 28; Kunal Nayyar, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Although traditional sitcoms toting the banner of laugh tracks and “filmed live before a studio audience” are going the way of the dodo, The Big Bang Theory has managed to achieve critical success for seven years running. Now entering its eighth season, with no signs of petering out, the series pushed the character arcs just a tad farther in season 7. There were relationship breakthroughs, a Star Wars calamity with James Earl Jones, Penny reassesses her career, pseudo-scientific discoveries and Raj became a little less awkward.
The season began with Leonard out on his North Sea expedition. While Leonard was away, Penny and Sheldon had a chance to bond. Penny has come a long way from being the Kelly Bundy figure of the group. Sheldon begins to turn to her for platonic companionship as well as advice.
This was a great advance in the group dynamic. Even though Sheldon is always »
- Bags Hooper
Exclusive: Kyle Gallner (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Veronica Mars) has joined Disney’s true-disaster picture The Finest Hours. The Craig Gillespie-directed film chronicles the massive rescue mission that’s launched when two oil tankers collided off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. Gallner joins Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in a key role as the rescue-boat’s engineman, who feels like he has a lot to prove on the mission to save the lives of dozens of men clinging to life in the waters of the Atlantic. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the script from Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias’ 2010 book. (Update: Production begins this month in Massachusetts, Disney said this morning, with Holliday Grainger also joining the cast.)
- Jen Yamato
For a while it was a little up in the air as to whether we’d even see a new season of television’s most popular sitcom. CBS decided to play all of their cards and renew the show for three years – through seasons eight, nine and ten and right into 2017 – but hadn’t locked the cast into contract before they did so, allowing central trio Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki free rein to renegotiate their contracts.
The three are getting ‘Friends money’ now: a million dollars an episode each, which pretty much signals the death of the show after season ten regardless of the ratings, as – like Friends and Frasier before it – the show will become just too expensive to air.
But, with a slight delay in filming, season eight now appears to be back on schedule. So what does the next television year have in »
- Ben Cooke
Kaley Cuoco ate a McDonald's hamburger just moments before her Emmys red carpet photo-op earlier this week and was kind enough to share the photo with her fans. The Big Bang Theory beauty is shown showing some nice cleavage and cleaning up on a burger and fries to keep the hunger pains away during the long night of Emmy Awards presentation and speeches. It appears Kaley Cuoco having a better week than co-star and former boyfriend Johnny Galecki. He was dating girlfriend Kelli Garner, but they have split after more than two years together. The 'Big Bang Theory' actor and 'Pan-Am' star , who were first seen in public together in March 2012, have amicably decided to end their relationship and are still hoping to be pals. A source told Us Magazine: "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends". The couple appeared to be a picture of happiness when they were snapped »
Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have called it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of The Big Bang Theory star and former Pan Am actress, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang costar Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki, 39, and Garner, 30, have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
The Big Bang Theory actor Johnny Galecki and Pam Am actress Kelli Garner are calling it quits after more than two years together, a source confirms to People. The breakup of the couple, who first stepped out together publicly in early 2012, comes just months after a romantic vacation in Mexico. The duo also attended the nuptials of Galecki's ex and Big Bang co-star Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting in Santa Susana, California, on New Year's Eve. Reps for Galecki and Garner have not commented on the split. The news also comes on the heels of a very big month for the actor, »
- Wade Rouse, @waderouse
It's over! Johnny Galecki and Kelli Garner have broken up, E! News confirms. The Big Bang Theory actor, 39, and the Pan Am actress, 30, took their romance public in March 2012, and the exes have staying amicable post-split. "It's all good," a source insists. "They still hang out a lot." Staying friends with exes seemingly comes easy for Galecki. He brought Garner to his ex-girlfriend and co-star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting's wedding to tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve in 2013. Galecki flew solo at Monday's Emmys. Co-star Jim Parsons was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, while co-star Mayim Bialik lost the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy »
Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki and Pan Am actress Kelli Garner have decided to split after more than two years together, a source confirms to Us Weekly. Although the couple, who first stepped out publicly in March 2012 after months of quietly dating, have called it quits, a source tells Us "Johnny and Kelli are still best friends" and adds that the split was amicable. The breakup comes just months after the duo were spotted packing on the Pda during a Mexico getaway in January, days after attending [...] »
One of the standout moments from this year’s Emmys was undeniably the taped segment in which comedian Billy Eichner and host Seth Meyers ran around the streets of New York quizzing (or simply yelling at) people about the awards. And it wouldn’t have happened if Eichner had not decided to send a “ballsy” (his word) email to Meyers’ producer, Mike Shoemaker.But thanks to Eichner’s initiative, the evening had a refreshing dose of absurdity. In the segment, which mimicked the structure of the recurring games on Eichner’s Billy on the Street, Eichner called out the Academy’s snubbing of Tatiana Maslany, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
The Big Bang Theory cast recently got a big raise — but only after some big drama. As previously reported, production was delayed on the CBS sitcom earlier this summer while series stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco negotiated their salaries for the next three seasons. "I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date," Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper, told Entertainment Weekly of the contract dispute, which resulted in each of the three leads earning $1 million per half-hour episode. "When it wasn't, [...] »
It looks like CBS is treating its actors pretty well, cha-ching-wise.
Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid male TV actors with a respective $26 million and $19 million in annual earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. This will be the third year in a row that Kutcher, whose tech cred recently landed him a gig as a product engineer with Lenovo, has landed the top spot. Cryer, meanwhile, is building upon Two and a Half Men’s monies with a huge book advance for an upcoming »
- Teresa Jue
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Saturday, Aug. 23:
11:10 a.m. “Nashville’s” Rayna James is “a woman that we need to see in country music,” says honoree Callie Khouri at the Women Making History Event, presented by the National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine, at the Skirball Center. (She also teases that the “Nashville” premiere is going to feature two live performances in the show.) She thinks it’s incredible to see more women directing TV and as showrunners. “Nashville” boasts a largely female writing staff and women in main storylines.
11:36 a.m. Sophia Bush, also being honored, stops to blush when her mom stands behind the press snapping photos »
- Cynthia Littleton, Laura Prudom and Shalini Dore
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