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Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Sara Gilbert had a Roseanne backup plan in case Johnny Galecki couldn't return for the revival
Gilbert says she actually doesn't mind that Galecki has been mostly unavailable to work on the Roseanne revival due to his Big Bang Theory commitment. "I think if Johnny didn’t have an empire to run, he would’ve certainly been in more episodes," she tells TV Line, on the occasion of Galecki's return tonight. "But I still like the idea of an inconsistent parent. It’s such a great area to explore, regardless of his availability." Still, if Galecki wasn't available at all, Gilbert said she had a backup plan. "The backup plan was going to be (Darlene) dealing with the heartbreak of him being an absent father," she says. "Darlene would have plans for him to show up, he would say he was going to show up, and then he wouldn’t show up. I was still going to deal with the relationship, but it would not have been the same without him." ALSO: Gilbert texted Galecki to get his advice on naming their TV son, which became a tribute to Glenn Quinn.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory books Mark Hamill and Kathy Bates for the wedding-themed season finale
They'll join previously announced guest-stars Jerry O'Connell and Teller from Penn & Teller. Details of Hamill and Bates' roles weren't revealed.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Roseanne teases Johnny Galecki's return
The Big Bang Theory star will appear in next week's "Darlene v. David" episode.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Steven Spielberg recalls directing Steven Bochco's Columbo series premiere script in 1971
The Sept. 15, 1971 Columbo episode "Murder By the Book" kicked off the Peter Falk series after two previous Columbo TV movies. Spielberg and Bochco, the respective future titans of the movies and television, were still in their 20s when they collaborated on the first episode of a series that would have a 10-season run on NBC and ABC. "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed," said Spielberg in a statement, reacting to Bochco's death. "We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
- Joss Whedon calls Hill Street Blues "one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me)"
- Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady says "NYPD Blue ushered in what was to be a modern golden age of television drama"
- Blair Underwood: "Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career"
- Debra Messing: "He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv"
- Corbin Bernsen: "I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career"
- Neil Patrick Harris: "His work ethic shaped mine, his words of wisdom stick with me to this day. I’m so proud of Doogie Howser, mostly for being a Bochco show"
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Jim Parsons felt intimated meeting Stephen Hawking on The Big Bang Theory set
“It was just, it was an amazing experience. It was an intimidating one," he says. "I’d be lying if I said I was comfortable. … To get to finally meet him was, it was just overwhelming...And it’s one of the things that’s kind of bittersweet in a way because once he’s passed now and now we’re talking about him, it really hammers home how fortunate I was to get to be with him. "
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory taps Jerry O'Connell as Sheldon's older brother
O'Connell will play George “Georgie” Cooper Jr. for Amy and Sheldon's season finale wedding.
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CBS announces season finale dates
Criminal Minds and Mom will each get super-sized season finales, while Amy and Sheldon's Big Bang Theory wedding is set for May 10.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Stephen Hawking was The Simpsons' "most intelligent guest star"
"Almost as many people know me through The Simpsons as through my science," the renowned theoretical physicist, who died today at age 76, said of his four appearances (between 1999 and 2010) on the Fox comedy. “The appeal of The Simpsons is that the characters display all the traits we see in ourselves,” he said, adding that he thought the show was “the best thing on American television.” The Simpsons producer and writer Matt Selman paid tribute to Hawking on Twitter, calling him "the most intelligent guest star in the brief history of The Simpsons," while Simpsons showrunner Al Jean said Hawking had "a sense of humor as vast as the universe."
- The Big Bang Theory cast pays tribute to Hawking, who was part of seven episodes
- "It was a huge privilege to waste some of his time," said John Oliver, who interviewed Hawking for Last Week Tonight in 2014
- Star Trek: The Next Generation marked Hawking's first TV cameo -- a historic one since he's the only person to play himself in Trek history
- Hawking became a pop-culture icon with all his TV cameos
- Presenting Hawking's greatest Big Bang Theory moments
- Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Hawking, whom he portrayed in the BBC TV movie Hawking
- Neil deGrasse Tyson: "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake"
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
How The Big Bang Theory came up with the name for the second Baby Wolowitz
Showrunner Steve Holland says the new baby's name was different in the original script.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
The Big Bang Theory plans to give a shout-out to the Black Panther phenomenon
The CBS comedy has never acknowledged Black Panther, despite its comic book-obsessed characters. But showrunner Steve Holland says they are waiting for the right time to give a shout-out to the Marvel blockbuster.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Will there be a Big Bang Theory wedding this season?
“We haven’t written the finale yet, but we’ve certainly been building to it all season," says executive producer Steve Holland of a potential Sheldon-Amy wedding.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 3:30PM EST
Bill Gates to visit The Big Bang Theory
The Microsoft founder will play himself on a March episode, appearing at a work function for Penny’s pharmaceutical company. ALSO: Remember when Sheldon said Bill Gates punched him in the face?
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Johnny Galecki: I was criticized on social media simply for calling for change following the Florida school shooting
"In my last couple of posts, I’ve not suggested a single idea for new gun laws or background checks or even mental illness issues after the latest school murders in Florida," The Big Bang Theory star wrote on Instagram. "I only suggested change. And yet many folks were outraged and threatened and angered by only that."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
The 2007 TV writers strike ended 10 years ago this week: Here's how it changed TV forever
The three-month strike that lasted from November 5, 2007 through February 12, 2008 resulted in David Letterman and Conan O'Brien growing strike beards and the cancelation of the Golden Globes. The strike also unintentionally benefitted shows like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
The Big Bang Theory’s Kevin Sussman is getting divorced
Sussman has been married since 2006, but he’s been separated from his wife since 2012.