'The Big Bang Theory' and Sheldon's 'Specific and Unique' Relationship - TCA Report
by Joel Keller, posted Jul 28th 2010 5:02PM
It's interesting how things change quickly at the press tour. Not that long ago, the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' came to the tour eager to convince the critics that their show was worth watching.
Now, three years later and with ratings that put them on par with 'Two and a Half Men' as the most popular comedy on TV, the group that sat before the critics this morning displayed a new degree of confidence.
Not cockiness, mind you; this is a group that knows it has a good thing going. Co-creator Chuck Lorre, despite the fact that the show has had four different timeslots in four years, called last season and its ratings surge "remarkable."
About those timeslots, and the show's move to Thursdays at 8PM ET, Lorre said "our job is to make the show, not program it." But he added that he can't argue with the decisions CBS has made regarding the show for the last three seasons, so he's not about to question moving the show away from it's safe Monday haven behind Lorre's venerable 'Men.'
Not much news came out of this panel, but there was some fun interludes:
-- According to Lorre, Sheldon will have a very "specific and unique" relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler, the Sheldon clone we met in the season finale. We already knew that Mayim Bialik would be back as Amy, and seeing Sheldon getting a love interest of any sort should be fascinating. Asked if he thinks Sheldon would "get it on" this season, Jim Parsons said that six months ago he would have said no, but "I wouldn't put anything past anyone at this point."
-- On the specter of contract negotiations with the cast, Kaley Cuoco decided to settle the matter by joking that "I'll work for free next year, just to make it easier." It's something she has other people worry about, she said in a more serious tone.
-- The only guest star that's definitely set for next season is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who will play himself. It's likely that Wil Wheaton will be back to be a "pot-stirrer" as Cuoco called him, but nothing is set just yet.
-- Speaking of Wheaton, he was instrumental in breaking up Leonard and Penny, even though they were on their way out anyway (Wheaton just did it to ruin Sheldon's bowling match). Lorre said that because Leonard and Penny are such different people that "it was natural that it would come together, fall apart, and maybe come together again. we don't know."
-- Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is a huge fan of the show, and would love to be a guest. He's even passed along ideas from his readers on the Hayden Planetarium website, suggesting how he could be written into an episode.
-- On the surprisingly warm and funny relationship between Penny and Sheldon, Lorre called Penny "Sheldon's umbilical cord to reality. We found it as we went., her affection for him, it sets the tone in many ways."
-- For some reason, Lorre didn't know that a copy of the original pilot -- minus Penny, Raj and Howard -- got leaked to the web, even though Prady said he mentioned it to him. Even so, to both it just shows that they knew they had something in the pairing of Johnny Galecki and Parsons, and that their happy that CBS gave them a chance to have a "do-over" in Lorre's words, with the additions of Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar.