Jim Parsons on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 28th February 2013.
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The Big Bang Theory became a TV phenomenon.
Buoyed by strong viewership (16 million) and an omnipresent run in syndication (where it’s the most popular show on TBS and the No. 1 program among all reruns in adults 18-49 and 25-54), the 2011-12 season marked TBBT’s most successful to date. Not only did it rank as the comedy’s most-watched year, the CBS series also saw its 18-49 audience jump an astonishing 23 percent from the previous season. With five nominations under its belt going into Emmy weekend — including its second consecutive one for best comedy — is another big bang in store for the four Cal Tech brainiacs and the waitress who loves them?
“I never thought I would be saying this about anything that’s lasted after five seasons, but I’m believing and hoping we go another five, only because it all still feels very new,” star Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter) told EW. “We just haven’t wasted fuel. It doesn’t feel like we are struggling to find the stories.”
In this week’s issue of EW, Lynette Rice goes behind the scenes of CBS comedy (which premieres Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.) to not only chat up the actors about the show’s success but to meet the writers who are responsible for turning Leonard into such a confident bachelor and Sheldon into such a delightfully self-absorbed scientist.
“As an actor, I’ve always had a very distinctive relationship with costumes. One of my favorite things in the world is costumes because they speak things that you don’t need to speak. They change a character just by putting something on but what’s great about them is they can have their own life.” -Jim Parsons [x]
The late changes are always fun; sometimes I won’t be part of a main story but I’ll be in a scene and I’ll be silent for two-thirds of the scene. I’ll have to say something that’s maybe one, two, three or four lines in a scene that I’m supposed to nail because it’s the one joke in the scene and if you don’t, you just feel like, ‘I only had two jokes in the scene… .’ Sometimes I put a lot more pressure on myself. In Season 8, [Raj]’s going to become a full-on playboy. He’s realized that the entire group is moving on and up in the world in terms of love and relationships and he’s the only one who’s not. That’s really beginning to get to him because he has to fill this void in his life. It was cute that he was lonely, but now it’s actually sad that he’s lonely. He’s lost his best friend to a marriage. He’s really trying to fill that void in his life and he’s trying anything and everything to do it.” -Kunal Nayyar
“This season, especially toward the end, I’ve gotten to have a lot more stuff to do and it’s been very fun seeing [Howard] try to deal with NASA training. Howard has such a bravado and a false sense of his own strength and machismo; he’s all talk and swagger so it’s fun to watch him actually have to exert himself and confront intimidating people like Bernadette’s father and see him cower.Playing the overconfident idiot is a trait in comedy that I’ve always loved and I think he is that and this is him being put to the test. He’s finally got to put his money where his mouth is and he’s terrified.“ -Simon Helberg