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'Big Bang Theory' finale: Simon Helberg on Howard's big [SPOILERS]!

Some big things went down on Thursday night’s season finale of The Big Bang Theory, but if you haven’t seen it yet, be warned: SPOILERS FOLLOW!  READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' EP Bill Prady says tonight's finale 'provides three really amazing final moments'

The Big Bang Theory exec producer Chuck Lorre is fond of saying that the show isn’t Lost — there’s no grand plan in place building to a revelatory event at the end of the season. Be that as it may, the fifth season of Big Bang has been leading directly to tonight’s finale: the wedding of Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), and Howard’s on-again, off-again, on-again mission to the International Space Station. Both of those events converge tonight, and the question is: Will the wedding happen? Will Howard go through with the mission? Will there be a massive cliffhanger like last season’s ohmigod, did Penny and Raj-just get horizontal?! bombshell? We rang up Big Bang EP Bill Prady to grill him for answers:  READ FULL STORY

'NCIS,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'NCIS: LA,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Big Bang Theory': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

The realization that so many shows are coming to a close hit me today, and once I stopped sobbing, I realized that as we head into summer, this might be the prime time to do a little self-evaluation!

So if you’re up for it — or just counting the hours till you clock out — I invite you to take a questionnaire on Spoiler Room. Your feedback matters to me, so if you can find the time to do it, I’d appreciate it!

CLICK HERE TO GET IN MY GOOD GRACES…OR TO MAKE A LIFE-LONG ENEMY. YOUR CHOICE. [GLARE]

And if you’re not in the question ANSWERING mood, ask one! Spoilerroom@ew.com or hit me up on Twitter. See y’all next week!

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EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

What's the cast of 'Modern Family,' 'Grey's' and 'Two and a Half Men' worth?

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Just three years ago, Eric Stonestreet was another no-name actor working in Hollywood, getting by with occasional appearances on shows like Nip/Tuck and CSI. Today, he’s an Emmy-winning co-star of Modern Family who easily ranks as one of the funniest men in primetime TV. Does he deserve to earn as much as 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin or The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons?

That’s what the producers behind ABC’s hit family comedy will begin asking this summer, when the ensemble is expected to seek substantial raises for working on the three-year-old series. Similar renegotiations are already in the works on Two and Half Men (where deals are up for Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer) and Grey’s Anatomy (Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh, among others), but the MF talks have the potential to be the juiciest — depending on whether the adults band together à la Friends back in 2000. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' creator on tonight's Leonard Nimoy cameo: 'Fantasy get'

How do you achieve nerd nirvana? Book Spock and the smartest guy on the planet for cameos.

The Big Bang Theory was already enjoying its most watched season to date (16.3 million) when it exceeded expectations by luring Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking in the same week. “These are two fantasy gets,” Co-Creator/Executive Producer Bill Prady told EW. “Nimoy hits that level of pop culture fandom, and Stephen is the heir to Einstein. It’s a thrill beyond thrills.”

Since the men are heroes of Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon, Parsons had the privilege of shooting scenes with both — though Nimoy participates only via voice-over as Sheldon’s conscience on tonight’s episode. (Hawking will appear on April 5). Nimoy had helped out the CBS comedy before: He actually provided an autographed napkin for a previous episode. This time, he spent an evening on the set with the cast and crew. Though Parsons was never a Star Trek viewer, Nimoy’s visit was a huge deal to Prady — though the scribe says he was “really restrained” around Spock’s alter-ego.

Here’s a sneak peek from tonight’s show: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Hawking to cameo on 'Big Bang Theory'

A geek dream finally fulfilled!

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) will finally meet his hero, Stephen Hawking, in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory. The CBS show is keeping details of Hawking’s appearance under wraps but EW did find out that the author of A Brief History of Time will appear in a scene with Parsons on April 5.

Hawking’s cameo will air the week after Leonard Nimoy finally shows up on the comedy. Nimoy, in fact, Tweeted @TheRealNimoy earlier today: “Spock on Big Bang Theory on 3/29. Stephen Hawking the following week. Logical.”

Leonard Nimoy to haunt Sheldon's dreams on 'The Big Bang Theory'

In what many believe to be the best ever episode of The Big Bang Theory, the prospect of owning a sample of Leonard Nimoy’s saliva was so overwhelming to Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) that it caused him to dissolve into a gooey sentimental puddle and hug the woman who gave him the gift, Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Well, imagine what Sheldon will do when he learns the Big Bang overlords have provided him with an even bigger gift: The voice of Leonard Nimoy haunting his slumber.

That’s right: EW has confirmed TV Line’s report that the Star Trek star is lending his voice for the March 29th episode, playing Spock in one of Sheldon’s dreams. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' beats 'American Idol' outright for first time

For the first time in five years, another TV series has beaten American Idol outright in the Nielsen ratings to win the night.

After weeks of near-topples and ties, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory overtook Fox’s Idol on Thursday. And when it finally happened, the margin wasn’t small in the adult demo: Big Bang had 16.1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in the adult demo, while Idol had 15.4 million and a 4.4 rating. Idol fell 14 percent from last week to a new low (clearly the strategy of draaaagging out revealing the Top 24 contestants didn’t work out).

Though there’s been “Big Bang tops Idol” headlines for weeks now, they’ve been based on somewhat premature math, slicing up Idol into half hours like it’s loaf of sourdough instead of a TV show. But now there’s no doubt: Another show beat Idol to win the night. It’s the first time a show has pulled that off since Grey’s Anatomy in 2007. Plus, on the weekly chart, NBC’s The Voice will rank as the highest-rated series, since it topped Wednesday’s edition of Idol, which had a 5.1 to The Voice‘s 6.0.  READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang' beats 'Idol' at 8 but Fox rules night

Everyone taking a winter vacay or something? Viewership has been oddly soft this week for broadcast TV: The Big Four were either down or flat versus last week, according to early results. Though American Idol helped Fox to win Thursday among adults 18-49 (5.0 rating/13 share) and viewers (16.5 million), the show was still down 14 percent in the demo versus last week.

Idol still dominated among adults 25-54 and teens.

CBS came in second for the night with a 3.3/9 in the demo and 13.3 million viewers. Big Bang Theory beat Idol in the first half-hour among 18-49 (5.0/15 versus 4.6/13) and viewers (15.5 million versus 15 million), but it was still down 11 percent from last week. Rob! earned a 3.2/9, down 3 percent from last week, and 10.9 million, followed by Person of Interest (2.9/7, down 12 percent from last week, and 13.2 million) and The Mentalist (2.8/7, down 7 percent from last week, and 13.6 million).

ABC was third in the demo with a 2.4/6, with Wipeout earning a 1.5/4, which tied its season low, and 5.1 million, followed by Grey’s Anatomy (3.1/8, down 23 percent, and 8.1 million) and Private Practice (2.6/7, up 8 percent from last week, and 7 million). NBC hobbled in fourth place, with 30 Rock earning a 1.4/4, down 13 percent from last week, and 3.6 million, followed by Parks and Recreation (1.7/5, flat, 3.5 million), The Office (2.2/6, down 12 percent to a series low, and 4.3 million),  and Up All Night (1.5/4, down 12 percent to a series low, 3 million). That was a repeat of Grimm.

Read more:
‘American Idol’ recap: Vegas Babies
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Be My Freakin’ Person
’30 Rock’ recap: Jack Attack 

'American Idol' rises to top Thursday ratings

Just when you thought American Idol was going to slip to No. 2 on Thursdays, the veteran reality hit rose last night to win the night by a safe margin for the first time in weeks.

Fox’s American Idol (17.9 million viewers, 5.7 adults 18-49 rating) was up 4 percent for the second night of Hollywood Week, fending off CBS Big Bang Theory (16.1 million, 5.5). Fox’s new drama The Finder (6.5 million, 2.3), however, sank 4 percent despite the stronger lead-in this week.

CBS also had Rob (11 million, 3.4), followed by a perfectly demo-steady Person of Interest (15.1 million, 3.3) and The Mentalist (14.4 million, 2.9). POI matched its season high — the sci-fi crime thriller has managed to grow into a very solid performer for the network. Also, The Mentalist hit a season high among total viewers. READ FULL STORY

Ratings: '30 Rock' hits low; 'Idol' vs. 'Big Bang'

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This is becoming the ratings equivalent of Ali vs. Foreman.

Once again, Fox’s American Idol and CBS’ Big Bang Theory delivered the exact same adult demo rating to top Thursday night. Idol‘s rating dropped a tenth from last week — and so did Big Bang‘s. CBS points out (just like it has for the past three weeks) that Big Bang was higher rated during its half hour. Yet the sitcom can’t quite topple Idol where it counts: Show vs. show to win the night. Can we get Jim Parsons and Ryan Seacrest in a cage match?

Fox led Thursday overall with Idol (17.9 million viewers, 5.4 adult demo rating) and The Finder (6.9 million, 2.4). With the 9 p.m. competition returning last night, the Bones spinoff slipped 14 percent from last week’s surge. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang' battles 'Idol'; 'The Finder' ratings improve

It’s on: Fox’s American Idol and CBS’ Big Bang Theory battled for Thursday ratings supremacy, with each coming away with claims for the crown.

Idol drew 17 million viewers and a 5.4 rating. That’s down just a few notches from last week. This is a bit of a relief for Fox since it’s less of a drop than Wednesday’s edition, so it suggests the reality hit’s declines could be slowing down. Still, this is the lowest-rated Idol telecast since a results show in the first season, which aired during the summer.

Big Bang had 16 million viewers and also had a 5.4 rating. The usual way to compare shows is against each program’s overall average rather than trying to split them up, in which case Big Bang and Idol are deadlocked in the demo. But another way is to compare Big Bang to Idol‘s first half hour, when the shows were in direct competition. During that period, Big Bang won in the demo and viewers. In either case, this race is getting tighter. For more on this, see Will American Idol get overthrown as TV’s top show? READ FULL STORY

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