The Big Bang Theory moved back to Thursday night with nothing short of a miracle: The show was able to keep a surprise cameo under wraps ahead of airing, an act that’s nearly unheard of in an age where spoilers freely leak long before episodes debut.
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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Sunday night game plan:
Raj definitely doesn’t have an issue talking to women anymore.
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:
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.
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