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.
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Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel will present at this year’s ESPY Awards, the annual gala that mixes athletes with celebrities as ESPN celebrates the best and brightest in the world of sports. The Sex Tape stars will be handing out the hardware along with Jessica Alba, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jim Parsons. This year’s event, hosted by Drake, will take place on July 16.
The world of sports is an unusual industry to hand out awards for being the “best” or the “greatest”—since those issues typically get settled on the field, court, etc. But ESPN has successfully leveraged its relationships with jocks and beautiful people to make the ESPYs a high-profile event, now celebrating its 22nd telecast. Drake follows an impressive list of hosts that includes Jon Hamm, Seth Meyers, Justin Timberlake, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jamie Foxx.
Additional celebrity presenters for this year’s event will be announced at a later date.
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
'Web Therapy,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?': Dan Bucatinsky on 'Friends' reunion, Kelly Clarkson's roots
After scoring an Emmy nomination last Thursday for his guest-starring role on Scandal, Dan Bucatinsky has another big day ahead as two series he produced premiere tonight. Along with longtime producing partner Lisa Kudrow, Bucatinsky has overseen projects ranging from cult classic TV series The Comeback to the romantic comedy Picking Up and Dropping Off. He took a moment to talk with EW about the new seasons of the genealogical journey Who Do You Think You Are? as well as the improvised comedy Web Therapy. READ FULL STORY
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.”
Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard can always be counted upon to supply their comedic two cents on a slew of nerdy pop-culture items, from the panned Green Lantern movie to the worth of an Apple Store Genius. But there’s one piece of huge (HUGE!) geeky entertainment news that the Big Bang Theory guys have yet to weigh in on: Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the promise of more Star Wars movies, starting with Episode VII in an expected 2015 release.
So at The Big Bang Theory‘s PaleyFest panel on Wednesday (read our full report of the event here), EW asked the stars of the show how they imagine their characters would have reacted to the news that had millions of voices not at all silenced but crying out with both glee and skepticism. READ FULL STORY
Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, and Raj Koothrappali may not be doctors of the medical sort, but they still know how to serve up a heaping dosage of best medicine (a.k.a. laughs — lots of them) to a sold-out audience. At least, that’s what their real-life counterparts — along with other cast members and writer-producers of The Big Bang Theory — did Wednesday evening for the CBS comedy’s PaleyFest panel in Beverly Hills’ Saban Theatre.
The event, presented by the Paley Center for Media, was pretty short on spoilers. The production schedule is currently not that far ahead of viewers, who will get to see the 19th episode of season 6 tonight, but there were plenty of entertaining and funny behind-the-scenes stories and playful moments among the talent on the panel, which was moderated by NCIS actress Pauley Perrette.
Read on for 10 highlights from the Big Bang Theory panel. [Update: Clips from the panel are now on Hulu -- watch the cast discuss their recent flash mob in the clip below, and click here for more clips and a video with the whole panel.] READ FULL STORY
Ryan Murphy’s upcoming adaptation of the play The Normal Heart for HBO just got more star-studded.
The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and John Carter alum Taylor Kitsch have joined Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in the television movie, EW has confirmed. Parsons will portray gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival; Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist, according to Deadline, who originally reported the news.
The television movie, based on Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play that Kramer himself will adapt for the small screen, follows the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Roberts will play “Dr. Emma Brookner, the doctor who treats several of the earliest victims, while Ruffalo will portray Ned Weeks, a man who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that claims the lives of many. Matt Bomer (White Collar) will play a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover.” READ FULL STORY
The geeks shall inherit TV — with the help of Jim Parsons, who’s won two Emmys for playing their king on The Big Bang Theory.
EW has confirmed that Parsons and producing partner Todd Spiewak are developing a TV series based on Prodigies, a YouTube series that highlights real-life young geniuses. Episodes about innovators like 15-year-old Sierra Leone inventor Kelvin Doe and 5-year-old pool shark Keith O’Dell have attracted millions of views for the YouTube channel THNKR, which boasts nearly 110,000 subscribers. The television version of Prodigies will be shopped to cable and broadcast networks next week at Washington, D.C.’s annual Realscreen Summit.
“I knew within a few minutes of viewing my first episode of Prodigies that I wanted to be a part of the team bringing the digital series to a wider audience via television, spending time with these geniuses, these children, soaring and struggling with their gifts and their talents is inspiring and entertaining in a way that great television is,” Parsons said in a statement. READ FULL STORY
The enormous popularity of Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory has at least one egghead buzzing in Brazil. A biologist there decided to pay tribute to a new bee species by giving it a name that’s associated with Jim Parsons’ role on the CBS comedy.
Meet the Euglossa bazinga (above) — a “misunderstood” orchid bee that looks awfully similar to the more common western Brazilian orchid bee. Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia discovered the new species and decided to dub it by using Dr. Cooper’s fun catchphrase. “Sheldon Cooper’s favorite comic word bazinga, used by him when tricking somebody, was here chosen to represent the character,” according to a paper written by Nemesio and his team. “Euglossa bazinga has tricked us for some time due to its similarity to E. ignita, what led us to use bazinga.”
“We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show,” said Executive Producer Steven Molaro in a statement. “Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after Mothra and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.”
Spend five minutes talking to The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Johnny Galecki, and two things become clear: One, these castmates express their genuine warmth and affection for each other by a near-constant stream of good-natured teasing. And two, trying to steer their conversation is like attempting to corral Sheldon after he’s had coffee — it’s best just to enjoy the ride.
Case in point: When EW sat down with the Big Bang quintet after their photo shoot for this week’s cover story on the CBS hit, we asked each actor to share their personal favorite moment in the entire series for their respective characters. Things did not quite go as planned. Check out their answers, which stretched across all five seasons of the show, below: READ FULL STORY
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