The main cast of Nielsen ratings and CBS cash-making machine The Big Bang Theory is about to get a hefty raise next season. According to Deadline, only Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are under contract for the season 8 premiere on September 22nd, leaving the contracts of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar still up in the air for negotiation. Production for the new season is slated to begin on July 30th, but a source told Deadline that both the cast and network "are still far apart and there has been little dialogue."
In any case, Big Bang's three-season renewal back [...]
The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]
The zillionth annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and we weeded through the three-hour ceremony to pull anything interesting related to comedy that happened. Below, please find a full list of comedy winners and nominees from the ceremony (which is available in its entirety on CBS's website) and the clips of the best comedy moments from the event, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus's acceptance speech with help from her bodyman Tony Hale and Will Ferrell's closing bit.
As far as the awards winners go, there were very few surprises, which is pretty typical of the Emmys. Modern Family won for best comedy series for the fourth year [...]
It's tradition at this point for CBS's one-two punch of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men to trounce NBC's chunk of Thursday night sitcoms in the ratings, but this week, CBS had a little help from Miley Cyrus. According to TV By the Numbers, Big Bang scored a 4.7 rating with adults 18-49, up 4% from last week, and Two and a Half Men earned a 4.0, up 14% from last week thanks to a guest spot by Miley Cyrus. NBC's 8pm hour competition, 30 Rock and Up All Night, achieved a 1.3 and a 1.4, respectively, with 30 Rock staying steady from last week's ratings [...]
"But the shifting ground between internet, mainstream and geek cultures has other ramifications beyond the cultural meaning of Dungeons and Dragons and Star Trek. There's an interesting parallel between the two shows' best characters, Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper and Community's Abed Nadir, played excellently by Jim Parsons and Danny Pudi, respectively. Both men are geniuses, in different ways; both difficult to read; and both unwilling or unable to empathize with their friends. This affect — which Parsons and Pudi have both connected to Asperger's syndrome — is played for laughs on both shows, but only in Community does it meaningfully affect the other characters, and only in Community does [...]