'The Big Bang Theory': Top 10 Revelations and Highlights From PaleyFest 2013
The nerds are taking over the world! Or at least your TV. The ratings smash "The Big Bang Theory" has had an impressive and unique six-season run (and counting), only growing in popularity as time has gone on. It's currently this season's most-watched program for adults ages 18 through 34. The series, which focuses on a group of brainiac overachievers and their love interests, cleverly mixes nerd-culture references with lowbrow humor -- which has netted it a wider audience. It's thriving in syndication, as well. The Chuck Lorre brainchild has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards and Golden Globes, scoring actor Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon Cooper) two Emmy wins and a Golden Globe.
Parsons and the rest of the cast -- Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard Wolowitz), Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali), Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler), Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) -- gathered at PaleyFest 2013 to answer questions about their hit series and dish on the future of the show. Also on the panel were creator and Executive Producer Chuck Lorre, creator and Executive Producer Bill Prady, and Executive Producer Steven Molaro. Moderating the event was none other than "NCIS" geek extraordinaire Pauley Perrette.
1. How the heck did this show concept come to be?
Perrette asked Prady and Lorre how a comedy series focused on physicists came to be -- and how they knew it would be hilarious.
It all began, Lorre said, after watching "A Beautiful Mind" and wondering if it could be a musical. Then, Prady swept in, talking about these fascinating yet troubled guys he worked with back in the '80s world of computer programming.
At the same time, Lorre was lingering on a "Mary Tyler Moore"-esque concept of a young woman moving to the big city to start her life. And then, bam! "What if these guys met this girl?" Lorre asked. And that's how "Big Bang" was born.
But why aren't they all computer programmers? Lorre was bent on making sure that these nerds weren't in the commerce world of computers, which led their thoughts toward science.
2. "Call Me Maybe" flash mob was Cuoco's dream.
The "Big Bang" crew knows how to have fun on set -- particularly with Cuoco at the helm. It had been a dream of hers for some time to do a flash mob on set, so she called her dancer-choreographer sister, who was able to create the dance in just 30 minutes. Cuoco told the cast, “Guess what? You're all doing it with me." They practiced during one of the crew's long lunches, and bazinga! They walked back onto the living room set after the show had wrapped and nailed it! Particularly Galecki, who had a solo that involved him spinning on his butt.
3. Are Amy and Sheldon ever gonna get it on?
Prady, Lorre, and Molaro all confirmed that moving Sheldon and Amy's physical relationship along is, in fact, discussed a lot in the writers' room. "It's something we're continuously wrestling with, because we're fascinated with their relationship and want to see it grow," Lorre said. But it was Parsons’s joke that cracked up the audience: "We can’t wait to rehearse!" Unfortunately, the execs weren't ready to hint at any official plans one way or the other.
4. Amy's girl crush on Penny
Parsons teased that it was something Bialik brought to the role. But officially, Molaro said that the girl crush didn't start off in the writers' room, but somewhere around the episode when the gang went to the convention and Amy called Penny her bestie. It began and then "spiraled rapidly out of control," Molaro joked.