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'Big Bang Theory' stars explain why the show is a hit


Is it the acting? The jokes? Kaley Cuoco’s hair? What is it about CBS’ Big Bang Theory that makes it so phenomenally popular and TV’s highest-rated comedy? The cast of the show—along with the casts of Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and Mom—attempted to explain why their sitcoms were so popular to an assembly of TV critics at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on Thursday night.

Though its on its final season now, Two and a Half Men was once TV’s highest-rated comedy before Big Bang came along, and Mike & Molly and Mom have been solid successes for CBS at a time when an extremely high percentage of comedies quickly flop. And the one creative commonality shared by all four shows is co-creator Chuck Lorre.

So the question was posed to the casts: What makes his shows work? READ FULL STORY

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'Big Bang Theory' stars get huge raises, break stand-off


Stars of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory just got an explosive pay raise.

After their contract negotiations collectively delayed production of the top-rated CBS comedy, actors Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have each made three-year deals with Warner Bros. TV to return to the show. Co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are still in talks, but they are expected to strike deals as well. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch received raises back in September.

Sources say that estimates first reported by Deadline are correct: Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco’s salaries will jump from their current earnings of $350,000 per episode to roughly $1 million per episode. They’ll also receive a bigger cut of the show’s lucrative syndication earnings on TBS. The renewal deals bring the show’s core cast in line with the hit’s current CBS deal—Big Bang has been renewed for three more seasons, bringing the show to its 10th year.

For CBS, the show is extremely lucrative, delivering an estimated $326,260 per 30-second spot — the highest ad rate for a non-sports program on broadcast. The most-recent seventh season finished with a slight ratings increase on the previous season, averaging nearly 20 million weekly viewers among total audience.

The contract negotiations held up the show’s eighth-season production for one week; the cast was also absent from the show’s Comic-Con panel last month. Generally, Big Bang Theory runs 24 episodes per season, and it’s currently unclear whether that number will remain unchanged. Big Bang will re on Monday nights this fall starting Sept. 22, then will move back to Thursday nights starting Oct. 30.

UPDATE: ‘Big Bang Theory’ cast back in action: Production to restart

So $24 million per year to shoot a half-hour show—an amount similar to what the cast of NBC’s Friends received at their record-setting peak. What do you think, is TBBT‘s cast worth it? Take our poll:


Jim Parsons on Emmy nods and 'Big Bang Theory' bobbleheads: 'What the hell is going on?'

Jim Parsons usually advises other potential Emmy nominees to sleep in the morning of the announcement. “It’s the only way to do it,” he told EW. Except he couldn’t follow his own advice this morning—he had a 6:30 a.m. appointment, so he was up anyway.


InsideTV Podcast: J'Tia from 'Survivor' explains her 'scorched earth' move

You might expect someone that struggled mightily in pretty much every single challenge, tossed out her tribe’s food supply, took the lead on building a terrible shelter, and then got voted out one day before a tribe shake-up that could have completely changed her fortunes in the game to have some regrets from her experience on Survivor: Cagayan. But not when then someone is nuclear engineer J’Tia Taylor. One day after being eliminated on the show, J’Tia called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk about how it all went wrong, and we mean ALL went wrong. And now you can hear the entire interview right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' boss talks Shamy kiss, the scene you almost didn't see

There was a point during the early days of The Big Bang Theory where it was hard to imagine a day when Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) would stand closer than 5 feet to another human being. But who knew a day would come when we’d actually be having a conversation about Sheldon’s first kiss?

After last week’s episode, that’s exactly where we find ourselves — marveling at the progression of an odd creature character once thought to be set in his ways. Not to say he still isn’t, however. In fact, if there’s one amazing thing about the incredible lip-lock Sheldon shared with Amy (Mayim Bialik), it’s that, according to executive producer Steve Molaro, the writers found a way to both honor the character’s beloved uniqueness and inch him forward. In the conversation below, Moloro elaborates on that point and tells EW how the moment came together. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' First Look: Carrie Fisher takes on James Earl Jones...with a bat! -- EXCLUSIVE

Sheldon’s quest to hold his own comic book convention is going to lead to a clash of two Star Wars legends on this week’s The Big Bang Theory.

In the episode, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to organize a convention after failing to get tickets to San Diego Comic-Con and somehow finds himself having a crazy night with James Earl Jones. Now, how that encounter leads to the one you see above in an exclusive photo, we can’t say. Judging by that bat, however, we can pretty much guess that Fisher isn’t too happy to see Jones — or Sheldon, for that matter — on her doorstep. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory': Bill Nye teases tonight's episode

If millennials are looking for a sign the ’90s have returned, look no further than the resurgence of Science Guy Bill Nye. Recently, the television fave of any kid who has ever had a substitute science teacher has been making his way back into the public eye, with appearances on news programs and a far-too-short stint on Dancing With the Stars this season. Now, he’ll play himself and join the nerds of Big Bang Theory in tonight’s episode of the CBS comedy, which will also feature the return of Professor Proton (Emmy-winning Bob Newhart).

“They bring [Newhart] back by having the gang meet him in a drugstore,” Nye explained to EW about the set up for tonight. “And you know Bob Newhart’s timing is just amazing. So Sheldon goes up to him and says, ‘Excuse me, Prof. Proton, you probably don’t remember me because of your advanced age’… Prof. Proton ends up talking to Leonard about this idea he has for nano-vacuum tubes, a hypothetical thing. And Sheldon, in order to compete with him, brings me on. And it turns out Prof. Proton feels that Bill Nye the Science Guy stole his shtick.”

Below, check out a Q&A with Nye discussing working with Newhart, his involvement with the show, and his pick to win Dancing With the Stars. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' First Look: Bob Newhart vs. Bill Nye? -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

The stares exchanged between Bob Newhart and Bill Nye the Science Guy in the exclusive photo above from the upcoming Nov. 7 episode of The Big Bang Theory are powerful enough to set off some sort of chemical reaction, which makes us even more excited for this clash of the science titans.

Per the episode description, Professor Proton (Newhart) reaches out to Leonard (Johnny Galecki) seeking help for an experiment. When Sheldon (Jim Parsons), a fan of Proton’s, finds out, he retaliates by befriending Proton’s TV host rival, Nye.

Stephen Hawking does 'Big Bang Theory' theme song -- VIDEO


Want to see Stephen Hawking do The Big Bang Theory theme song?

Below and exclusively on, the world’s most famous theoretical physicist greets TBBT fans at Comic-Con with this very special message:


Jim Parsons will never get tired of being nominated for Emmys

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons just got nominated for his fifth Emmy Award — but don’t assume that means he’s grown immune to the honor. “Oh my God, are you kidding? No!” he says, a note of incredulity in his voice. “[In Hollywood,] one day you’re working and one day people are saying, ‘Who?’ So it’s always a pleasant surprise.”

In fact, says Parsons, he feels more honored to be nominated with every TV season that passes. “There’s more on the air every year, there’s more choices out there,” he explains, “and when people choose you in any way … it’s really touching. I don’t know what other word to use.”


'Big Bang Theory' and HBO are big winners at Critics' Choice Television Awards

Two TV juggernauts won extra accolades at last night’s 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday night.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — the most-watched comedy both on network TV and on cable — snagged three prizes, including the honors for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Simon Helberg), and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kaley Cuoco, who tied with The Middle‘s Eden Sher), making it the awards’ single-most celebrated series.

Cable powerhouse HBO, meanwhile, was cited five times for three different series (Veep, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom) and one TV movie (Behind the Candelabra), making it the awards’ most celebrated network. With four awards of its own, though, FX is nipping at HBO’s heels. And though Game of Thrones was named Best Drama Series at the awards, it wasn’t the only show to win that title; the fantasy shared the prize with AMC’s Breaking Bad.

A full list of winners — including the BTJA’s picks for this fall’s “most exciting new series” — follows.


'Arrow,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS: LA': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Good day, Roomies!

Hope the world is treating you well. I certainly can’t complain. In the last week since we’ve touched base, I’m settled into my new L.A.-based digs, mourned the loss of my access to solid public transportation and purchased a car, and started a Fund the Veronica Mars movie piggy bank. Very busy, as you can see. But that brings me to the highlight of my week: Giving y’all scoop on the cool stuff coming up on your favorite shows.

Check out this week’s offerings below, and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask! or on Twitter: @EWSandraG.


How great was Arrow’s Paley panel this weekend? (If you missed it, you suck. Kidding! You can watch it here.) But before the event, Spoiler Room hit the red carpet for some scoop on the finale that executive producer Marc Guggenheim says will find the conflict between Arrow/Oliver (Stephen Amell) and John Barrowman’s Merlyn coming to a big climax. READ FULL STORY


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