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Bob Newhart to appear on 'The Big Bang Theory'

The Big Bang Theory has signed on another celebrated actor for a guest role. Comedy legend Bob Newhart will appear in an upcoming episode of the hit CBS show, EW has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.

Newhart’s most recent TV guest appearances include NCIS in 2011, Desperate Housewives in 2005, and ER in 2003.

The six-time Emmy nominee will play Professor Proton, former host of Sheldon’s favorite science show as a kid. Sheldon’s long-awaited opportunity to meet his childhood hero (who also played a part in Leonard’s childhood) comes when he realizes that Professor Proton can be hired for parties and events.

Newhart’s episode will air on Thursday, May 2.

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‘Big Bang Theory’: Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard’s reactions to the big ‘Star Wars’ news

'The Big Bang Theory': How Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard reacted to the big 'Star Wars' news

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

PaleyFest 2013: 'The Big Bang Theory' cast on the origins of 'bazinga' and more

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

SXSW: Chuck Lorre and Neil Gaiman talk creativity, vanity cards, and an 'American Gods' update

Chuck Lorre might have a reputation for being bitter, especially after years of vanity card rants about the state of the entertainment industry (among other things), but during an hour-long talk with sci-fi graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, the conversation stayed focused on creativity and storytelling. While the two seem to approach the industry from very different places – Lorre’s hugely successful sitcom The Big Bang Theory is about as close to sci-fi as evening sitcoms get, and that’s not very close – they came out in nearly matching outfits (“The Hebrew version of Johnny Cash,” Lorre joked) and clearly had a friendly rapport and great respect for each other’s work. Gaiman even offered that he’d been pausing his VCR to read Lorre’s vanity cards since the 90s sitcom Dharma & Greg was on the air.

Also on hand to hear Lorre’s comments; Two and a Half Men star (and SXSW interactive’s favorite Hollywood investor) Ashton Kutcher.

Below are a few of the biggest takeaways from the talk:

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'The Walking Dead,' 'Big Bang Theory' coming to a theater near you...during PaleyFest

The Big Bang Theory and The Walking Dead are coming to theaters — but there’s a twist.

The shows will be the first to have their panels broadcast in select movie theaters during the upcoming PaleyFest, which is put on by the Paley Center for Media and takes place every year in Los Angeles.

Additionally, The Big Bang Theory’s panel will feature an interactive element that will allow fans to submit questions to the cast and producers via Twitter. That event will take place on March 13.

Meanwhile, The Walking Dead panel, which is being moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, will be recorded on the opening night of the festival (March 1) and broadcast in theaters on March 7.

Information on participating theaters and ticket info can be found on the event’s website.

Jim Parsons to executive produce TV series about real-life geniuses

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

DGA Awards TV noms include Lena Dunham, Louis C.K, and Bryan Cranston

Today, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for TV and commercials. Some of the shows involved are predictable (Homeland, Mad Men, Louie, Girls), while others aren’t (check out that Reality category!). The list:

Dramatic Series:
Michael Cuesta, Showtime’s Homeland, “The Choice”
Jennifer Getzinger, AMC’s Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
Lesli Linka Glatter, Showtime’s Homeland, “Q&A”
Rian Johnson, AMC’s Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
Greg Mottola, HBO’s The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”

Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., FX’s Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
Mark Cendrowski, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
Bryan Cranston, ABC’s Modern Family, “Election Day”
Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls, “Pilot”
Beth McCarthy-Miller, NBC’s 30 Rock, “Live from Studio 8H” READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' guys boldly go out in 'Star Trek: TNG' costumes -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

The Bakersfield ExpeditionWe’re not really sure this supremely awesome photo needs any further explanation, but just in case you were curious what’s going on here… READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory': Dr. Sheldon Cooper inspires new bee name

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.”

Chuck Lorre apologizes for 'Bachelor' criticism

Chuck Lorre is (sorta) trying to make good with Bachelor producers and fans after making a dig at the show last week.

In an online version of his weekly vanity card, the Two and a Half Men/Big Bang Theory executive producer made an off-hand remark about the ABC reality series while tackling a number of larger political issues in anticipation of the then-upcoming presidential election. “What does it say about us when we think the institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each other, but not by idiotic game shows like The Bachelor?” he wrote in part. (Read the full card here, which was censored when it aired after Big Bang Theory.)

After Bachelor Nation took offense (a producer, an ABC exec, and even host Chris Harrison tweeted responses), Lorre used Thursday night’s card to clear the air, saying he was “looking at the show through the tired old eyes of ’60′s feminism” and that “women are now free to do anything they want, and that includes going on a reality show and using all their female wiles to snag Mr. Right.”

His full comment, which were originally posted on his website, is below. READ FULL STORY

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin landing on 'The Big Bang Theory'

Sure, The Big Bang Theory‘s Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) spent time on the International Space Station, but did he walk on the moon?

Famed Apollo astronaut and Dancing With the Stars season 10 contestant Buzz Aldrin will appear as himself in a cameo on the Halloween episode, “The Holographic Excitation,” CBS announced Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' cast on last season's finale and their top moments of all time -- EXCLUSIVE

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

'The Big Bang Theory': Howard and Bernadette argue...in spaaaaace! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the season 5 finale of The Big Bang Theory, Howard (Simon Helberg) blasted off to the International Space Station after his rooftop wedding to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). When the show picks up at the start of season 6 (airing Thurs., Sept. 27 on CBS), Howard’s still floating up in the great beyond — but that doesn’t mean he’s out of reach of his newly betrothed. In this exclusive clip from the season premiere, Howard video chats with Bernadette, and while she’s happy to see her husband, her immediate concerns are much more, shall we say, earthbound. Check out the clip below:  READ FULL STORY

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