16 Mar 2016

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The Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' at 33rd Annual Paley Center of Medial Paley Fest event on Mar 16, 2016. L-R Moderator Alie Ward, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. (Photo: Paley Center)

The Cast of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ at 33rd Annual Paley Center of Medial Paley Fest event on Mar 16, 2016. L-R Moderator Alie Ward, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. (Photo: Paley Center)

 

The cast, producers and writers of The Big Bang Theory are featured tonight at the Paley Center for Media’s  33rd Annual PaleyFest.   We will bring you live coverage throughout the evening, including red carpet photos, social media posts and clips as they become available.   We also will bring you any information tweeted from the event about questions answers and information shared at the event. Please bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

Mayim Bialik started off festivities with a social media post (see below), followed shortly after by Kaley Cuoco.  The entire cast and producers arrived shortly after.

The event started with the fans being able to watch an episode before the panel would come up and be ready for discussions.   Rene Reyes, Director of Public Programs at The Paley Center for Media welcomed the fans to The Big Bang Theory Paley Fest event.   The moderator for tonight’s panel is Alie Ward from Cooking Channel’s Alie & Georgia.

They're showing the episode which airs March 31st. Very cute #Shamy. #PaleyFest #tbbt

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First question was what is Penny’s last name.  Kaley Cuoco replied that she has in her mind a maiden name for Penny but “it is Hofstadter now and will forever be.”  Cuoco and Johnny Galecki  then talked about their first “I Love You” scene and how touched they were and how Molaro admitted crying when it was filmed.

Jim Parsons said that he and Mayim [Bialik] playing Sheldon and Amy having sex for the first time “felt very, very right.”  Bialik then added “it felt like we were joining the rest of humanity.” Parsons admitted he never thought Sheldon would ahve sex on the show and looks forward to doing it again like Sheldon.  “I learned how to do pillowtalk.”  Molaro had in mind a ghost advising Sheldon and having the sex fall on Amy’s birthday so he could say “I look forward to next year.”  Parsons attributes the writers for the organic progress Shamy have made.

Simon Helberg was asked advice he would give Howard about fatherhood.  Helberg says he wishes Howard would give him advice.  His advice was “don’t shake the baby.” He hopes the baby does not end up actually multiples (twins) because that means four babies on set and he already has two at home.  Helberg admits it s hard to explore these ideas on a sitcom, such as having children, but the writers know how to do it.  He hopes the writers will make Hoard a good father and he is blown away every time he opens a script.   Chuck teased that perhaps the baby will be Danny DeVito!

Kunal Nayyar interrupted and commented on how the cast does not know in advance what is going to lie ahead in the scripts to which Parsons teased him that he was answering a quesiton that no one asked.

The panel clarified that Melissa Rauch, who was absent tonight from the group, is in New York City as she will be on Late Night with Stephen Colbert tomorrow evening, and that is why she was unable to attend.

Nayyar talked about the process he goes through for them to straighten his naturally curly hair.  Molaro teased that Raj quite possibly spends an hour every morning on his hair.   Helberg joked “they straighten ALL of Kunal’s hair, from the head all the way down.”

Asked why the show is so successful and Cuoco replied “You’re seeing it right now, the great relationships between us.”  She continued teasing how they give each other a hard time but that they love each other a lot.

Bialik admitted that she cried when she met Adam West, the “Batman of her youth.”.   The writers had already written some scenes for him and were happy when the 200th episode came about and they could resurrect those scenes.   West was supposed to be on the show in Season 8, but scheduling conflicts did not permit them to continue with the episode at that time.   So when the 200th came around, they  were able to use those scenes and Molaro attributes it to “like finding money in your coat.”

Fans are going to be excited to learn that they will soon get to meet Leonard’s father.  Judd Hirsch will be playing Mr. Hofstadter.   Galecki met Hirsch at the Tribute to James Burrows and is a huge fan of Hirsch’s.   He had watched Taxi while preparing for the Big Bang pilot.   Galecki asked Hirsh if he would be interested in playing his father on the show and Hirsch was excited by the idea.  Galecki immediately text’d the writers the next morning with the proposition.

Molaro said they did not plan for the 200th and were starting to wonder if they really needed to do something special.   At the last minute they remember that Sheldon’s birthday was a year prior and that it was that time of year for his birthday again.   They grabbed onto the idea from there.  Bialik said filming the party helped make it feel more celebratory.

Ward then asked the panel how they all play “geniuses or hot people”.  Cuoco seemed amused by the question.  Helberg joked he was “hired to play a hot person.”

The cast admitted that fans are not afraid to come up and greet them.

Cuoco admits that since the pilot first aired, it has been her dream to see Leonard and Penny get married.  Nayyar then piped up and teased “Heyt ever since Raj met Penny, he thought he was going to make out with her too.”   He was reminded by the others that he indeed experienced that to which Nayyar said “Raj’s dreams lived and died that day.”

Cucoc started to talk about being in the second half of their run to which Parsons interrupted and said she is being “very optimistic,”  joking about the show lasting 18 years.

The panel was asked if they have dreams for their characters to which Nayyar said “Raj is dating two women, so he’s good.” He then went on and teased “Maybe three women.”   Helberg replied “Season 18.”   Parsons said that he can never think of anything for Sheldon that can possibly compare to what the writers have come up with for his character.

Molaro praised the cast, saying that they can put any two fo them in a scene and it’s already halfway to being awesome.

Galecki said he enjoyed the sexy carrot outfit.

Bialik said she normally does not read the script until the morning after they get it, but did read the one with Shamy sex the night they received the script and it was a taping night.  Parsons was on his way to film a scene when Bialik stopped him to ask if he had read the script yet and told him what was going to happen. Both Bialik and he did not see “coitus” as coming (pun intended) according to Parsons. Parsons does not want to wait another year before their “next time.”

Image: @people

Image: @people

Lorre admist that he still gets nervous before every taping, wondering if the audience will laugh or not.  Changes are made on the spot.  “There’s something magical about what happens in front of an audience” he continues.   He said that sometimes the audience will tell the writers with their silence that they are wrong.  “You can hear the 134 freeway” Lorre teases whent he audience does not laugh. [Note:  the 134 Freeway is in Burbank near where Warner Bros. tapes. on the WB lot.]  Parsons then interjects “The writers don’t get the credit they deserive.  It’s hard as hell to do an episode every week.”  Galecki agreed adding “It’s like reinventing the wheel every week.”

Lorre continued saying how the audience taught them early on about the characters and how vulnerable they were.   The audience made sure to let the writers know when the characters were not being taken care of, or if the show was getting to risque.

The panel was asked about the characters and why they wear so many layers of clothing.  Nayyar teased it is “because they have to hide how fit they are.” Bialik says they actually go through the seasons with their clothes and if they wear coats or not.  Parsons admits he never noticed.  He said he has to wear a jacket when he leaves “every damn time.”

Parsons and Nayyar are both into fantasy football and talk a lot about it on set.  Parsons once noticed that Sheldon’s computer actually has internet and put a football game on to play while they were filming a long scene.

Most of the cast are not into comics.  Bialik and Galecki are.  Bialik was raised with a “full spectrum” of comics.

Someone in the audience asked the actors to act out their favorite movie scene…which led to pandamonium.

Will we ever get to meet Sheldon’s nephew?   The writers don’t really have an answer for that other than “fans will have to watch and see.”

A fan asked Cuoco if she has a dress she can borrow for prom.  Nayyar asks her if she needs a date too.

And that is a wrap.  A full clip of the panel should be available within the next few days and we will link you to it or embed it here as soon as it becomes available.

We wish to thank Emmy4Mayim, JimParsons_Source, Jessica Radloff, Natalie Abrams, Rob Moynihan, The Paley Center, Dolby Theater, RJ1013, and Big Bang Buzz for helping provide information we are reporting throughout the evening!  Thank you all!

 

See Also:
TVGuide: Judd Hirsch Will Play Leonard’s Dad onThe Big Bang Theory
TV Insider: The Big Bang Theory Casts Judd Hirsch as Leonard’s Father
Hollywood Reporter: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Casts Leonard’s Father
Variety:  ‘Big Bang Theory’: Judd Hirsch Will Guest Star as Leonard’s Dad, Johnny Galecki Reveals
Glamour: Jim Parsons Reveals What He Wants to See Happen for Shamy Next on The Big Bang Theory
Access Hollywood: ‘Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons Loves Sheldon & Amy’s Pillow Talk, Hopes For More
Entertainment Tonight: EXCLUSIVE: Why Kaley Cuoco Would Be Terrible at Planning ‘Bachelor’ Dates
TV.com: The Big Bang Theory: 5 Things We Learned From the PaleyFest Panel
Variety: [PHOTOS] This Week in Hollywood: Red Carpets, PaleyFest, Parties and More – ‘The Big Bang Theory’ PaleyFest Panel
People Star Tracks:  Laugh Till You Cry

 

 

 

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The Panel & Clips

Clips courtesy of The Paley Center for Media:
Full Panel clip is first the smaller snipets from the panel follow:

Clip courtesy of Associated Press:

The Following Clips courtesy of Hollywood Spotlight:

Clip courtesy of Good Nerd Bad Nerd:

The following clips are courtesy of @RJ 1013.

Following clips are courtesy of @Emmy4Mayim.

… And the story continues. #shamy #JimParsons #MayimBialik #PaleyFest

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Do you have a dress I can borrow? @bigbangtheory_cbs @paleycenter Thank you Ayers for the post of this hilarious question.

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Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik & Jim Parsons chuckle over a comment at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik & Jim Parsons chuckle over a comment at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

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Mood. #PaleyFest #TheBigBangTheory

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That little Sheldon just got very valuable. 😉. #JimParsons signing autographs after the #PaleyFest panel.

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Jim Parsons at autograph session holds up Shamy dolls at Paley Fest 2016. Image:Paley Center

Jim Parsons at autograph session holds up a Raj bobblehead doll at Paley Fest 2016. Image:Paley Center

Fan Love for Simon after #PaleyFest with #TheBigBangTheory!

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Bill Prady meets fans during autograph session at Paley Fest 2016.

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Simon Helberg and Johnny Galecki signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

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Bill Prady at Paley Fest 2016 meeting fans.

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Kunal Nayyar greeting fans and signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

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Kunal Nayyar greeting fans and signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

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Steve Molaro greeting fans and signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

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Steve Molaro greeting fans and signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

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Simon Helberg greeting fans and signing autographs at Paley Fest 2016.

 

 

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Red Carpet & Panel Photos

Producers & Cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

Producers & Cast of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

 

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Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

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Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

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Kaley Cuoco at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

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Kaley Cuoco at Paley Fest 2016 Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Kaley Cuoco at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Kaley Cuoco at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Simon Helberg at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Simon Helberg at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Simon Helberg at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Simon Helberg at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Kunal Nayyar at Paley Fest 2016 Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Kunal Nayyar at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Kunal Nayyar at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Kunal Nayyar at Paley Fest 2016 Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016 Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016 Image: David Livingston/Getty Images

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Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016 Image: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Partial view of Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

Partial view of Mayim Bialik, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco & Johnny Galecki at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center

 

 

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Social Media

Steve Molaro, Chuck Lorre & Bill Prady at PaleyFest 2016.  Image: Paley Center for Media

The smartest couple in town! From @bigbangtheory_cbs it's Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik!

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Mayim Bialik at Paley Fest 2016.  Image: Paley Center for Media.

Jim Parsons at Paley Fest 2016. Image: Paley Center for Media

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#Repost @jimparsons_source ・・・ Closeup courtesy of @jessicaradloff14 😊. #PaleyFest #JimParsons

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Jim Parsons is a little excited to be at #PaleyFest. #TheBigBangTheory #TBBT @paleycenter @therealjimparsons

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#Repost @jimparsons_source ・・・ #JimParsons speaking to the press line at #PaleyFest • Pic by Natalie Abrams

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Heading to the @paleycenter with the @BigBang_CBS cast! #paleyfest

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@therealjimparsons arriving at @paleycenter #paleyfest 📷: Dolby Theatre

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Feeling the suave vibes tonight from Kunal Nayyar 😏

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Simon Heldberg aka "Howard Wolowitz" from @bigbangtheory_cbs arrives at #PaleyFest!

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#PaleyFest keeps rolling on! "Penny" aka Kaley Cuoco has arrived! #bigBangTheory

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#Repost @emmy4mayim ・・・ #mayimbialik at #paleyfest 2016

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#Repost @jimparsons_source ・・・ #JimParsons has arrived at #PaleyFest.

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#Repost @jimparsons_source ・・・ Who wears it better?😜 · #JimParsons at #paleyfest

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