Let me offer two theories about The Big Bang Theory — one big, one small. The big one’s an explanation of how this sitcom triumphed over this country’s ingrained dislike of intellectuals to become a mass-appeal hit. Viewers love Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) not because they can tie string theory into artful bows — no, they love these hyperarticulate guys because they’re inferior to us in one area at which Americans pride themselves in excelling: socializing.
Drea de Matteo to Exit Housewives Avaluable piece of real estate is about to open up along America’s most popular cul-de-sac: Drea de Matteo is leaving Desperate Housewives in May. But series creator Marc Cherry insists tabloid talk that the Emmy-winning Sopranos vet was fired because she wasn’t clicking with the cast is not true. ”When I heard that stuff, I was stunned,” confesses Cherry. ”We adore her. She is the sweetest gal in the world.”
Ugly Betty Braces for Big Changes as End Nears Talk about deadline pressure. ABC’s decision to not only cancel Ugly Betty but also reduce the show’s episode order from 22 to 20 has left producers racing to tie up four years’ worth of story lines in just a handful of episodes. The first order of business: straightening out Betty’s unresolved dental issues.
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The Big Bang Theory9:30PM — CBS — Returning Comedy — Premieres Sept. 21
Battlestar Galactica, Klingon Boggle, and a 1974 Stephen Hawking lecture are all mentioned in The Big Bang Theory premiere. They have one other trait in common, too: They’re all more pleasurable ways of spending your time than this lamebrained sitcom.
When it premiered a year ago, The Big Bang Theory just felt like a dumb show about smart guys. It made fun of its central duo — best friends/roommates Leonard (Roseanne’s Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) — because they were brilliant but socially inept science nerds. The sitcom also ridiculed the pair’s apartment-house neighbor Penny (8 Simple Rules’ Kaley Cuoco) because? she was your standard TV dumb blonde. The result: Who cares about these people?
Bionic WomanOpener What’s going on behind that opaque glass wall? Is Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan) a Marcel Marceau fan or just taking a particularly spastic hot shower? Verdict It took 29 years to reinvent this series and these are the best opening credits they could come up with? The last shot of our superhuman friend with her hair blowing courtesy of an ’80s-era wind machine would make even ’70s-era Lindsay Wagner blow a fuse.
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