Continuing this week’s dedicated blog posts leading up to the series finale of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ this Thursday night on CBS, it’s time to learn about the man behind the outcast science nerds.
Chuck Lorre, TV’s 66-year-old mega-producer of popular
sitcoms half-hour comedies, including ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ did not have a traditional route to his current position. In actuality, his long and winding path to the executive producer, show creator and showrunner that everyone wants today pivoted on the spur of the moment with a succinct determination that translated into one of the best elevator pitches.
It was an elevator pitch that, unlike a broken elevator in a certain Pasadena apartment complex, worked to help him move on up to the successful side of life.
Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik will be missed as a cast. Together, they delivered in so many ways — comedically as well as with those rare sweet moments like the napkin signed by Leonard Nimoy — that made them and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ must-see TV for 12 years. But we must also give credit to the men and women behind the scenes and cameras on set for creating the fictional world within Pasadena’s science community that millions of people around the world relate to and enjoy.
Chuck Lorre is one of these people.
And his personal story from a struggling musician to a prime time storyteller is not theoretical. It evolved his way, according to the script he was unknowingly writing for himself more than three decades ago.
The end of the acclaimed CBS sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’ isn’t theoretical. It’s happening. And this Thursday’s hour-long series finale will cap the popular CBS sitcom’s incredible 12-year journey.
My personal attachment to this show will be revealed this week before the finale. For now, it’s time to start (as the band Europe would say) “the final countdown.”
One of the recurring guest stars on ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is Bob Newhart. Hmmm…
Have a Better Week Than Last Week.
Sitting in the studio audience during the pilot–an unforgettable experience with my dad back in the spring of 2007–‘The Big Bang Theory’ was immediately clear for take-off into the stratosphere of successful network television sitcoms. And it’s still a smash success more than a decade later in 2019.
This NASA-like launch was significantly helped (perhaps fittingly) by eventual NASA astronaut on the show Howard Wolowitz, who is played by the very funny Simon Helberg. His character’s introduction into the show is simply among the best in sitcom history.
And Penny’s intro, played by the funny and beautiful Kaley Cuoco, falls into the very same category, just for slightly different reasons.
Well, I made sure to save this scene for my blog.
Now in its twelfth and final season, the show about men and women who are equal parts science geniuses and socially awkward nerds (plus Penny and Zack) is reaching its summit with less than twelve new episodes remaining.
After tonight, the official count is nine new ‘Big Bang Theory’ episodes.
And there are still plenty of questions to be answered regarding current storylines for major and supporting characters. These lingering unresolved questions will help ensure a thoroughly entertaining final stretch for the show. Relating back to the pilot, there are key questions that need to be answered before the show takes its final bow:
- What is Penny’s last name?
- Why has Howard been wearing an unexplained alien pin on his shirt during every single episode of the series?
Before we discover these fun tidbits in the next couple of months by sitcom royalty Chuck Lorre and Co., let’s venture to a preview of tonight’s episode. Amazingly, I was in the audience for the taping of the following episode, “The Donation Oscillation,” with my mom and dad just a couple of weeks ago!
‘The Big Bang Theory’ is just as funny and entertaining live as I remembered it to be:
Witty and laugh-out-loud hilarious.
It’s getting a little tougher to say it without getting teary-eyed.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ airs on CBS on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ has only one season of fresh “Bazinga!” surprises courtesy of Sheldon Cooper left as the popular CBS sitcom will end after its forthcoming 12th season.
I remember going to the taping of the pilot episode for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ with my dad many moons ago. His hunch about this show that would feature super intelligent yet entertainingly awkward scientists who struggle to deal with the real world as portrayed by the girl next door, Penny, was as spot on as the science boards on the set.
I have so many great memories of that show, which includes seeing a second live taping years later. While I don’t want to confront this show ending with a lengthy article quite yet, I will mention one fun teasing tidbit about the pilot episode:
The original first scene of the series has been cut from reruns on TBS. Not really sure why? Anyways–
I’m gonna save the details of the pilot’s first scene for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ series finale post next year.
That seems fitting, like something Sheldon would do.