Sunday, April 26, 2009
Big Bang Hits It Big At The PaleyFest
On April 16, I had the pleasure of attending the Big Bang Theory salute, part of the 2009 PaleyFest, put on by the William S. Paley Media Center at the famed Cinerama Dome on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. In attendance was the cast of this great CBS show as well as its creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. The cast and creators told many amusing and informative behind-the-scenes anecdotes before taking some unusually excellent questions from the audience (what can I say? This smart comedy attracts intelligent and discerning viewers) before graciously hanging around to sign autographs. I attempted to get the signature of Jim Parsons (who plays super-smart and at-times scary Sheldon) but wasn't able to succeed (seems I lack The Reach) but there is apparently photographic evidence of me shyly doing my best to make my way through the mob, although Jim happily signed posters, programs and all manner of memorabilia before he was whisked away by PaleyFest handlers. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all, especially as an as-yet unaired episode was screened. Entitled "The Vegas Renormalization," this episode—airing tomorrow, Monday, April 27, on CBS—is a primo example of how funny, smart and character-driven The Big Bang Theory is on a weekly basis. I promise you, if you are a fan of this show, you will love this episode (and you will enjoy Penny's encore performance of "Soft Kitty"), and if you have never seen the show, you will love it too, so tune in. William S. Paley himself would be proud of this worthy CBS comedy.