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News Roundup: 'Big Bang Theory' Creators Receive Scientific Honors, Lisa Oz Working on New Talk Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 8th 2010 12:10PM
Chuck Lorre, Bill PradyChuck Lorre and Bill Prady, co-creators of CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory,' have been bestowed honorary membership to the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

See, it pays to be geeky. According to Variety, 'Big Bang Theory' stars Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will accept the honors on behalf of their producers.

"We are honoring Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady and the entire 'Big Bang Theory' team for creating a television program that seamlessly melds science and everyday life," Bruce Gitelman, president of RCI, said in a statement. "The program exposes the public in an entertaining way to the awe and wonder of science and life in general. As the number one series in Canada today, it not only makes science accessible to the public but also entertains many practicing scientists."

In other TV news ...

'The Walking Dead' is being adapted into a series of novels. The comic book series by Robert Kirkman, which has already been adapted into a new AMC series, will also be translated to three novels. Kirkman will outline the series to be written by Jay Bonansinga. The books will take place in the universe established in the comic series. [Deadline Hollywood]

Max Weinberg had to quit 'Conan' because of heart problems. The drummer said reason helped him make his decision not to join Conan O'Brien on his new show. Well, that and his love for living in New Jersey. [Fancast]

Dr. Oz's wife is getting her own talk show. Lisa Oz is filming a pilot with Sony Television about relationship issues. [Hollywood Reporter]

'Two and a Half Men' star Angus T. Jones' new contract has been approved, and the 16-year-old will make $300,000 per episode. Jones also received a $500,000 signing bonus. Over the next two seasons of the series he'll make $7.8 million. [TMZ]

ABC Family is planning a movie about Contance McMillen, the Mississippi teen who was denied entry to her prom because she wanted to wear a tuxedo and take her girlfriend as her date. The school district ended up canceling prom, and McMillen successfully sued. [Deadline]

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LT

Idiotic stupid brainless show, its more etertaining to watch a puddle evaporate.

October 10 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
exoticdoc2

Oh Lita, how naive you are, to think that such things as promoting phony "science" do not have an impact on our thinking, especially our young people's. It is the same with the nonsense of evolution, which is pushed on us mindlessly day after day so that many accept it without really thinking or understanding what it truly entails.

October 10 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
exoticdoc2

The scientists who support the big bang do so for philosophical reasons, not scientific ones.

October 10 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lita

Oh, Spero, exoticdoc2, what you two, in your infinite wisdom, fail to realize is this: IT'S A TELEVISION SHOW. The award comes, not because of their work in the area of proving or disproving The Big Bang Theory. (Please familiarize your scientific self with the definition of the word "theory," by the way.) The award comes for, as the article says, creating a program that "seamlessly melds science and everyday life." And keep in mind, it is a comedy, not a documentary. No more, no less. Your obsession with showing everyone how brilliant you are with no clue as to the point of the award, makes the two of you somewhat disconnected, not unlike the Sheldon character on the show.

October 10 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
spike

Sure I belive in the big bang theory,God said let there be light and their followed a horrendous bang that reverberated across the galaxies and still echos slightly to this day.Then God created everything that is and ever was,some of the life forms died out,i.e.dinosaurs, passenger pigions ,ect.Other life forms adapted to changes and evolved.Nothing turned into something else but rather became better adapted at what they already were.Creation and real science fit together hand and glove.Both schools of thought should wake up and smell the coffee.neither of you have any of your own truths regarding the matter of creation,but what someone else has taught you.Broaden your narrow minds to incorporate creation and science,as I said before they go together like peanut butter and jelly( two of Gods greatest creations)

October 10 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
exoticdoc2

Correct, it is nonsense. First, it fails to explain any kind of starting point, i.e., where did this singularity come from? Second, even overlooking the first glaring problem, all the big bang would produce would be an expanding cloud of gas. It is completely impotent to explain the formation of galaxies, planets, stars, etc.

October 10 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

So, none of the scientists who support the Big Bang theory have scientific common sense?

October 10 2010 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shwump

Big Bang could be based on my son and his friends. When I first watched the show on the first day I laughed till my side hurt. They are great young men and the world will be better for them being in it. Keep up the good work. The show is more true to life than a lot of people think.
Bazinga rules

October 10 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
justin sayin

It's good to see scientific theories exposed more to the public and spark curiousity, to eventually get more minds focused and perhaps even enter this field. Lord knows we need all the help we can get in this relentless search to gain more knowledge as to our beginnings. As our technology becomes more sophisticated and our scientists more trained in intensive research maybe a new Einstein will emerge to show us the way and come up with answers. Till then we can only rely on faith and a theory that what started it all was God .

October 10 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harley

I watched the very first episode of The Big Bang Theory and thought it was the stupidest show ever.
In fact, I couldn't get through the full half hour and switched channels halfway through it. I never watched another one. It amazes me that it is so popular.

October 10 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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