It looks like Sheldon is climbing back in the ring with his longtime rival, Evil Wil Wheaton.
Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady confirms to me exclusively that he wants to revive the ugly feud this season—possibly in time for November sweeps.
“We started talking about the idea of minor celebrities cutting in line,” Prady says, “and we thought it might be funny to have our [Big Bang] guys waiting in line for a one-time-only midnight screening of something like Raiders of the Lost Ark with restored footage, and Wil Wheaton and his three friends cut the line. When it comes time for our guys to get in, the line stops; Wil took the last four seats and Sheldon is just furious. Because it doesn’t make sense to him. Wil’s celebrity is not applicable here. This is not Star Trek. It’s just wrong.”
Prady says the plot—which is still in the planning stages—was not inspired by that highly publicized June incident in which Jason Bateman was allowed to jump to the front of a massive iPhone 4 line at a Los Angeles-area Apple store. “Someone brought that up, but we were mostly talking about our good friend Adam Savage from Mythbusters,” says Prady. “He was apparently in Las Vegas for a Star Trek auction, and there was a preview and he got to cut the line.”
Big Bang Theory’s fourth season—its first on Thursday night—kicks off Sept. 23.