The Big Bang Theory a show where all geeks can unite. It seems like ages ago since the pilot of the series aired in 2007 and over the course of 6 years; the CBS comedy is now the highest rated on TV, gaining an average of 18.9m viewers this season so far.
Cast members, Jim Parsons (Sheldon) Kaley Cuoco (Penny) Johnny Galecki (Leonard) Kunal Nayyar (Raj) Simon Helberg (Howard) Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) Mayim Bialik (Amy) and show creators Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre attended the event held in Beverley Hills, CA.
THR reported on the event, and although there were no real spoilers, the gang managed to dish some trivia on all things Big Bang…
- Firstly, Kunal Nayyar spoke about his character, Raj and the potential for him to be in a proper relationship with new member Lucy (Kate Micucci) upon talking about his new love interest Nayyar said “It’s lovely to see him get to explore that side to himself, which has been amiss for so long”.
- Jim Parsons commented on one of the funniest moments of the season, the spanking! Viewers seen Sheldon and Amy get unusually intimate (which Sheldon was unaware of, of course) in episode 6x10 ‘The Fish Guts Displacement’. Parson’s said that this scene wasn’t actually meant to happen on-screen, it was meant to be heard not seen. He talked of the hilarity of it and how he had issues trying to contain his laughter whilst filming he joked, "All week I was slapping that ass!" with Bialik responding “There was some redness”. – May I just add, these two are hilarious on-screen and off, I love them!
- I wasn’t sure if it was just me, but I was wondering how long it would be before we found out where Sheldon’s iconic catchphrase ‘Bazinga’ came from and at PaleyFest 2013, we got our answer! The origins of the word actually come from writer Stephen Engel, it’s his word for ‘gotcha’, he used to play pranks around the office/on set and used to say ‘Bazinga’ like Sheldon does.
- The actors have shown their dedication to the show by learning to play musical instruments. It was decided Amy would play the harp in the show, so naturally Bialik decided to learn to play for real, as did Parson’s learn to play the theremin.
- Many TBBT fans may already know that Kaley Cuoco’s real-life sister Bri, recently appeared in the valentine’s episode of the show a few weeks ago, as Gretchen, one of Penny’s enemies and although she didn’t get a speaking part (she was just seen sat down in the restaurant) she has done more work for the show. She was the one who choreographed the whole ‘Call Me Maybe’ flash mob the gang did a while back! If you haven’t seen it, watch it here!!!
- SOFT KITTY, WARM KITTY, LITTLE BALL OF FUR! Bill Prady shed light on where he first heard this, "It’s from my daughter’s preschool in Sherman Oaks…It was from Australia, and one of the teachers heard it there." It’s now regarded as Sheldon’s healing song and he gets anyone he can to sing it to him (previous victims, Penny and his mother).
- They also revealed that it only took one take to film Penny telling Leonard she loves him, which was a big breakthrough in their relationship. Kaley spoke on it saying (To Johnny – Leonard) 'I don't know about you, but when we started the scene, the cameras and the live audience all went away and it was just us,’.
- Finally, Deadline reported on the event, when asked if Sheldon and Amy would ‘consummate’ their relationship, the producers remained tight-lipped, although they did say they’re considering it, with Parson’s chiming in “can’t wait to rehearse”. – So he’s funny in real-life too, that makes me love him even more!
That’s all from TBBT cast at PaleyFest 2013, The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8pm, CBS.