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From episode to episode, a lot of chatter surrounding "The Big Bang Theory" this season -- the show's seventh -- has been focused on the emotional journey of Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper, as the show has been quite remarkably intent on challenging the character to grow and mature. The attention the storyline is receiving is entirely justified, as it's rare for a show like this to allow its central character to continue to evolve this late in its run.
But in all that, another surprising emotional journey has gotten a bit overlooked. I'm talking, of course, about Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). This season has seen the aspiring actress take stock of her professional situation, go for broke by quitting her job as a waitress and devote all of her time and energy on landing that breakthrough role.
In Thursday's (March 6) episode, reality has begun to sink in for Penny. Having »
In Thursday's (Feb. 27) episode of the CBS comedy, something as innocuous as purchasing a dining room table for the apartment so everyone can stop eating their meals off their laps proves too much for the touchy nerd to handle.
The set-up is quite simple: Group dinners are growing uncomfortable, what with the limited space and all. A change is suggested: Buy a table to fit perfectly into that cluttered space in the apartment no one ever uses. The problem: Sheldon doesn't like change.
Except, what Sheldon's failed to realize is that he's been slowly changing all along. As Leonard (Johnny Galecki) points out when his roommate blames Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) for changing Leonard enough that he defied Sheldon and bought the table anyway, Sheldon's slowly »
Sheldon Cooper is one of the most interesting and hilariously dysfunctional characters on television today. While he has an above genius Iq level, he can be immensely stupid. His greatest flaw, although he would say otherwise, is hubris, and that flaw causes him to continuously put himself in situations that are difficult or at times life-threatening. His need to constantly be the smartest person in the room is always his undoing, and we meet someone who finally forces him to live with the consequences of his actions.
Our quartet of scientists are attending a department function to welcome the new head of the Physics department, Dr. Eric Gablehauser (Mark Harelik - Jurassic Park III), and before it even begins, Sheldon is complaining to Leonard how much he hates these events. Furthermore, he reveals how little regard he has for Gablehauser, who has written several books on the subject of physics »
Girlfriends alumna Tracee Ellis Ross is set to star opposite Anthony Anderson in his untitled ABC pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class black man (Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Ross is repped by Impression, Paradigm and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller. Australian actress Natasha Bassett has rounded out the cast of Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. It centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man (Jon Heder) she gets married — and her new husband (David James Elliott) and his three teenage children move in. Bassett plays Emma, a pretty and smart but rebellious 17-year-old who’s upset her dad »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Jon Heder is set to star opposite Jane Kaczmarek and David James Elliott in Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt and producers Johnny Galecki and Stephen McPherson. The Warner Bros-produced multi-camera comedy (known as Here’s Your Damn Family) centers on a stunted, intelligent but underachieving, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man (Heder) living with his mom (Kaczmarek) who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married — and her new husband (Elliott) plus his three teenage children move in. Napoleon Dynamite and Blades Of Glory star Heder is repped by Gersh, Mosaic and Jackie Eckhouse. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Jag alum David James Elliott is set to co-star opposite Jane Kaczmarek in Here’s Your Damn Family, Fox’s half-hour pilot from writer Ricky Blitt, The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and producer Stephen McPherson. The Warner Bros. TV-produced multi-camera comedy centers on a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom (Kaczmarek) who finds his perfectly organized world upended when she gets married — and her new husband (Elliott) plus his three teenage children move in. Elliott’s Mike is a ruggedly handsome, straightforward, ‘man’s man’ widower. Also cast in the pilot are Peter DaCunha and Brendan Meyer as two of Mike’s three children. Elliott is repped by Gersh and manager Jeffrey Goldberg. DaCunha is with Coast to Coast; Meyer is with Gersh and Pay Management. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Consider it a Valentine's Day miracle: Sheldon Cooper is embracing romance.
During Thursday's (Feb. 6) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," the series' early celebration of all things Valentine's, the gawky doc and his beleaguered girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik) took a remarkable step forward when he finally, finally kissed her.
Sure, it was at the tail end of a date aboard a restored classic train that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) epically ruined by ignoring Amy and bonding with a brain-damaged man obsessed with trains. And it came in the same episode where he referred to his long-suffering love as Princess Corncob, Fester and Gollum.
But it was a kiss! A real kiss. A long kiss. One that Sheldon initiated, however spitefully in the beginning, and seemed to genuinely enjoy. This is uncharted territory for a show that, seven season in, has been all about pushing its characters to the outer limits of their comfort zones. »
The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco hopes Leonard and Penny will follow her lead down the aisle. The actress, who married tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve, thinks the time is right for Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny to tie the knot on the CBS hit. "I'm ready for them to get married," Cuoco tells THR with a laugh. "Maybe because I just got married -- so come on Penny and Leonard, it's been six years! It took us six months! But I hope that's in the cards for them." Photos: 'The Big Bang Theory's' Nerdiest
- Lesley Goldberg
Pull out your pocket watches because it's almost time for The Big Bang Theory! The CBS smash comedy's annual Valentine's Day episodes are always a fan-favorite treat, and this year, viewers are being gifted with something so much sweeter than a box of chocolates: Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on a train. That's right, our locomotive-enthusiast is taking a romantic rendezvous up to Napa via train on a double date with his lady Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bialik), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). And as for Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco)? The rekindled couple is opting for a "quiet weekend at home," but of course, the beauty and the geek duo are bound to get into »
The veteran comic is due to return to the CBS comedy for another go-round in his Emmy-winning role of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) childhood idol Professor Proton, TVLine reports.
Newhart's return, to air later this season, will mark his third appearance on the series. He first popped up last season and made his encore this past November, in an episode that also welcomed a cameo from Bill Nye.
There are no details on what exactly brings Newhart's character back into our favorite nerds' lives, but you can bet it'll be funny.
"The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS. »
No matter which way you slice it, Budweiser was top dog at Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Both TiVo and the USA Today Ad Meter named the brand’s heart-tugging “Puppy Love” spot to be the night’s most popular commercial, give or take a Seinfeld reunion. (Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee halftime spot was actually first on TiVo’s list, though the company acknowledges that it wasn’t a true paid advertisement.) The ad, a callback to last year’s similarly “aww”-inducing “Brotherhood,” dramatizes the friendship between an adorable puppy and a magnificent Clydesdale — and shows »
- Hillary Busis
Advance marketing campaigns have largely leeched the thrill of discovery out of Super Bowl advertising, since many of the spots were exposed before the game. Of course, that logic seems less assailable given that the game itself was essentially over on the first play of the second half, making viewing optional if you really gave a damn about who wins.
The level of perceived creativity in Super Bowl advertising has taken on a life of its own, which has led to the content generally being overrated. Moreover, one of the biggest sponsor categories — movie studios — are invariably challenged to come up with genuinely breakthrough creative, since a trailer is pretty much a trailer, the only difference here being the size of the stage and cost of the platform.
That said, watching the game like a regular fan (including a couple of pale ales just to complete the effect), here’s »
- Brian Lowry
Kaley Cuoco is very, very serious about taking on hubby Ryan Sweeting's last name. The newly married actress is so serious about it that she has officially had her name changed in "The Big Bang Theory" credit sequence.
While watching Jan. 30's episode of "The Big Bang Theory," Cuoco Sweeting snapped a picture of the credits change. "Seriously giddy," she writes on Instagram.
Her husband Ryan posted the same picture, writing, "Mrs. Sweeting :)))) @normancook #oldballandchain."
Of course, it's a little funny that the name change appeared over the face of Johnny Galecki, who Cuoco dated for two years early on in "The Big Bang Theory's" run. They're still close friends, though, so don't be surprised if the next time you see "The Big Bang Theory's" credits they look something like this:
Kaley Cuoco sure is happy to be Mrs. Ryan Sweeting! The newlywed took to Instagram on Thursday, Jan. 30 to share a photo from last night's Big Bang Theory episode where her marital name was displayed as the credits rolled. "Seriously giddy," the 28-year-old beauty proudly captioned the screengrab of her name "Kaley Cuoco Sweeting." Ironically, the sweet moment happened to occur as her onscreen love interest and former offscreen flame Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter on the hit CBS series, makes a confused facial expression while staring intently at his computer. Luckily, the blonde beauty and erstwhile Roseanne star have maintained a close friendship since their split »
It's Big Bang official! On Thursday night's Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco's opening credits finally included her new husband's name . As fans took notice via Twitter about the change, so did the happy couple themselves. "Seriously giddy," Cuoco Sweeting, 28, wrote via Instagram. Alongside the caption, the actress posted a snapshot of her new credit during the live airing of the CBS show. "Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting" appeared on the television screen at the same time her ex-boyfriend Johnny Galecki was in the middle of a scene. (The [...] »
James Earl Jones: Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actor, the voice of Darth Vader ... and sitcom guest star extraordinaire?
With Thursday's (Jan. 30) episode of "The Big Bang Theory," it's safe to say Jones has proven himself a powerful comedy performer. Playing himself, the legendary actor has a hysterically raucous night on the town with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) after the nerd sets out on a mission to form his own comic book convention.
Let's take a look at the 12 best and funniest moments from "The Convention Conundrum."
1. That entire cold open was perfect. With Sheldon, Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Raj (Kunal Nayyar) anxiously anticipating the release of Comic-Con tickets for sale in a makeshift war room in the guys' living room, Penny's (Kaley Cuoco) reaction was hilarious: "You guys are a whole lot of weird before coffee."
2. Alas, tickets sell out immediately, driving the guys to despair. "Aw, »
Following on from John Bensalhia's Complete Doctor Who Reviews and his in-progress Complete Buffy Reviews here at Shadowlocked, Caleb Leland will now undertake the Complete Big Bang Theory Reviews, applying a Sheldonian level of focus to the long-running (and still enjoying great success) nerd comedy. It starts here...
Ah, nerds. Socially inept, book smart, often taking interest in obscure fandoms like science fiction, fantasy, role-playing games, video games, comic books, manga, anime and cosplay (strangely, I seem to fit that description). While there are those in the popular crowd who are trying to gain some "geek cred" by trying to fit into our ranks - buying superhero shirts, watching comic book movies, etc. - those people will never understand just what it means to have been part of the geek subculture. There is one program out there, though, that seems to be able to convey just what our lifestyle is all about. »
In the last seven years, The Big Bang Theory has been a haven for geeks. While there are those that have been critical of the writers for playing on stereotypes of nerds, they provide interesting and comical discussions on current scientific theories and discoveries, as well as referencing so many fandoms that many of us are a part of, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, comic books and their respective movies, Firefly, Dungeons & Dragons and so many more. Even more, the producers have lined up talent from so many of these films, programs and comics (dare I say, the greatest of these is the recurring role of Wil Wheaton), as well as some of the leading scientists of our time. So without further ado, I present here, for your approval, my wish list for future cameos for The Big Bang Theory.
10. Mark Hamill
With the announcement that both Carrie Fisher »
Ready for the Super Bowl? Or, are you ready for the tons of Super Bowl commercials? If you love watching the advertisements more than the actual football game itself, you can take a look at one of the big commercials right now! The big game commercial for the Hyundai Elantra, called “Nice,” features the combined star power of “The Big Bang Theory” actor Johnny Galecki and actor/comedian Richard Lewis to tell a quick and explosive (meaning actual explosives) narrative of a guy who meets a girl in a cool car. Sparks fly, but not just sparks–the pavement (thanks to said explosives), cars, and Lewis himself also get airbound. Take a [ Read More ]
Where others may diagnose death for a failed film, a certain cinematic surgeon endeavors to breathe new life into moribund movies through extreme and invasive procedures. Whether it be rescuing invaluable elements from train wrecks for transplant, identifying cause of symptoms or resurrecting doomed patients with wholesale rewrites, Cinematic Surgery aims to show that even the most tragic or insolvable cases can be saved in the operating/editing room.
Such is the current culture in the filmmaking world that the very notion of suggesting ‘remake’ is considered sacrilege, a soul selling throw down to the cynical moneymakers bleeding dry a stable of beloved movies of the past in pursuit of sales through nostalgia and association, all to the detriment of goodwill and creativity. But the problem isn’t in the concept, it’s in the choices.
On occasion, there has been a film put out that sells itself through the strength of its tantalizing premise, »
- Scott Patterson
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