By now, fans of The Big Bang Theory have seen the season premiere photos that show Kaley Cuoco’s new ‘do will factor into the storyline on the CBS comedy—that’s right, Penny will be sporting a pixie cut when the show returns. But for those of you wondering why, EW has a new behind-the-scenes video where Cuoco reveals the catalyst for her extreme makeover. Plus: The rest of the cast shares what they’ve been up to all summer:
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Sheldon’s cross-country train trip will take him on quite an adventure when The Big Bang Theory returns.
Big Bang Theory fans won’t have to wait long to find out where Sheldon ended up after disappearing on a train in last season’s finale. CBS has just revealed that he’ll be somewhere very hot when the long-running comedy returns this fall.
They got their money, now it’s back to work. The Big Bang Theory‘s cast is going back to the set after striking new contract deals yesterday.
Studio Warner Bros. put out an ultra-brief statement Tuesday announcing the cast is going back to work tomorrow: “Production on season 8 of The Big Bang Theory will begin Wednesday, August 6, with contract negotiations now having been concluded.”
Yesterday EW confirmed that leads Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have each made three-year deals with Warner Bros. TV to receive a whopping $1 million per episode, plus a larger cut of the show’s back-end. Co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar were still in talks as of yesterday, but this statement suggests those deals are finished too. Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch received raises back in September.
The Big Bang Theory, no surprise, is a major hit with the Comic-Con crowd. When the show’s writers and producers gathered for a panel at the con, they delivered a consistently entertaining panel, with a few surprise guests and a couple of tidbits about the show’s upcoming eighth season.
Things kicked off with an appearance from Garfunkel and Oates (a.k.a. Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, who played Lucy on Big Bang). The geeky folk duo wrote “If I Didn’t Have You,” the song Howard sang to Bernadette this season, and they serenaded the Ballroom 20 audience with a special rendition of the tune featuring this lyric: “We couldn’t have imagined we’d get to sing this song for The Big Bang Theory fans at Comic-Con.”
Wil Wheaton also joined the panel partway through the event, walking onstage in an ape mask. Shortly after he sat down, he began sputtering, “I have fake orangutan hair in my mouth.”
Here are some highlights from The Big Bang Theory’s panel: READ FULL STORY
Seven seasons in, The Big Bang Theory has scored its most-watched finale and its first award for being “not funny.” Or so joked exec producer Steve Molaro, who phoned Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept our reader-voted Season Finale Award for Best Serious Moment in a Comedy for the train station scene.
The goal of the finale, as Molaro puts it, was to “chip away at Sheldon and break him down to the point where he just needed to leave to process everything.” The university wouldn’t let him change his field of study. Newly-engaged Leonard wanted to talk about new living arrangements (as did Amy). And the comic book store burned down. Leonard and Penny found an overwhelmed Sheldon at the train station and decided they needed to let him go. With the writers not yet back to work, Molaro won’t say how much the experience will change Sheldon, only that it will affect him.
Watching Penny kiss Sheldon’s cheek goodbye got Molaro choked up. But the half hour also packed enough laughs for readers to vote it Funniest Finale. Molaro shares his favorite joke in the interview below. READ FULL STORY
CBS announced finale dates for a slew of its series including the two-hour Survivor finale and a special one-hour The Crazy Ones season finale. The much-anticipated How I Met Your Mother one-hour, series finale had been previously announced.
Check out the other finale dates and times below: READ FULL STORY
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
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
It’s a science invasion on Big Bang!
Bob Newhart is returning to The Big Bang Theory in his Emmy-winning role as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s childhood television hero. This time around, Professor Proton contacts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to ask for help with an experiment, and a hurt Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge by befriending a rival TV science host, Bill Nye.
Bill Nye, who was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars this week, will also guest star in the episode as himself.
The episode airs Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Couldn’t have happened to a better duo: The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bailik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) have each received pay increases for starring on CBS’ top-rated comedy that’ll begin its seventh season Sept. 26.
Deadline reports the two have nearly doubled their per episode take to around $60,000 per episode — up from the $20K-$30k range. The women, who also added a year to the current deals, are expected to make nearly $100K an episode by the end of their contracts. READ FULL STORY
It’s been a long time coming — 51 years to be exact — but Bob Newhart has finally won an Emmy. After seven nominations, beginning with a nod for writing for The Bob Newhart Show in 1962, the comedy icon picked up the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, recognizing his appearance on The Big Bang Theory.
Newhart received the award Sunday night at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. The awards show primarily honors the behind-the-scenes folks of the television world but also recognizes actors in guest roles ahead of the main event next weekend. The audience gathered at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre gave Newhart a standing ovation upon the announcement of his name. “I was totally unprepared for that,” he told press backstage on Sunday of seeing the crowd on their feet for him.
In his acceptance speech, the 84-year-old actor thanked his wife of 50 years, his four children, and The Big Bang Theory cast, “who really threw themselves on the sword for me.”
How did he manage to leave the Emmy Awards without a statuette for so many years? Newhart humbly told press backstage, “The best answer to that really is whenever I was nominated, there were better people in the category than me. That’s the truth. The best person wins. That’s the way it is.”
Vacation is over. Time to kick off the Fall TV season in style!
Step one: Pick up this monster of an issue. Step two: Program DVR(s). Step 3: Enjoy the scoop below! Step 4: Send me your burning questions (email@example.com)
‘BONES': FOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED
+ Tease a cute Bones/Booth moment! — Rita
The end of the premiere is very touching. Watching Bones deal with her hurt feelings throughout the episode is hard (especially since Emily Deschanel is so good!) but it’s worth it for the ending.
+ Anything you can tell me about Pelant’s demise? — Cassie
Here’s what I can say: In the premiere, you don’t SEE Pelant, but his presence is so foreboding that a paranoid person might start looking at every piece of electronics in their house with a raised eyebrow. Meanwhile, anyone looking to buy some electronics?
+ How much do we see Freddie Prinze Jr. in the premiere? Did you like him? — Farrah
He doesn’t have a huge amount of screen time in the first episode, but we are introduced to the character, knowing he’ll be back at some point. (By the end of the hour, he owes Booth a favor!) And with such a small amount of screen time, it’s hard to read this character, but I like what I see so far. He’s almost seems like alt-Booth — almost how I imagine Booth had he not found Brennan and the Squints. If that makes sense.
+ Any teases for episodes beyond the premiere or the wedding? — Val
In the second episode — which, as previously reported, takes place at a couples retreat — there’s a sweat lodge scene. #thankyouproducers As for the wedding, this affair won’t be rushed. We’ll see a reception. There’s lots of returns. (Ryan O’Neal! Ty Panitz! Cyndi Lauper!) And, duh, a ceremony!
‘CHICAGO FIRE': FIVE PREMIERE TEASES!
Chicago Fire fans should be excited about the season to come. Why? I’ll give you FIVE reasons…
+ The episode takes place on Casey’s first day back after taking a trip to clear his head. He’s still struggling with the death of Hallie but he’s not as bad as when we last saw him depressed and disheveled. So are things looking up for him? Not exactly. By the end of the episode, he’s going to find himself very close to a situation that promises more headache-inducing situations. Can’t this guy catch a break?
+ One of the firefighters betrays his colleagues in what they believe to be a big way. It’s actually more hilarious than serious.
+ Michelle Forbes is deliciously evil in the role of Gail McLeod, a ball-busting consultant who is charged with keeping an eye on the firehouse. Gail is also the lady charged with deciding which firehouses are due for closure because of budget cuts. Her first interaction with Boden will leave you worried about Firehouse 51.
+ We learn one of the characters is being targeted! Like, someone-wants-you-dead targeted.
+ One of the crew is going to run for union president! I love the character the writers picked to lead this storyline. Guesses?
‘SUITS': SARAH RAFFERTY TEASES THE FINALE
This season of Suits has been a rollercoaster ride of the best kind — both in terms of the relationships on the show and in terms of the larger arc about the firm as a business. And if Sarah Rafferty is to be believed, the finale will be a fitting ending to a twist-filled season. In the episode, airing Tuesday, the firm will still be reeling from the divorce with Darby, and on top of that, dealing with the lawsuit brought against them by Ava Hessington. “For better or worse, everyone has to come together and deal with that,” teases Rafferty.
But it’s not all drama, she says. “I can tell you there are some surprising, warm moments,” she says, “but just when you’re sinking into that great feeling of warm fuzziness, you’re kind of slammed with a bit of a revelation that you’re going to have to wait to find out [more] about in the winter premiere.” That’s right, there’s a cliffhanger. Surprise! (Not really.)
Elsewhere, look for Donna to have a really great scene with Stephen Huntley that takes place in prison, as seen in the promo. “You get a chance to see Donna have a little bit of closure,” she says.
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