Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[ON TV]: THE BIG BANG THEORY RETURNS FOR SEASON 8 ON 9/22/14 !!


The eighth season of the American sitcom The Big Bang Theory will begin airing on CBS with a one hour premiere on Monday, September 22, 2014. It is scheduled to return to its previous Thursday time slot on October 30. I hope all of you guys can get to catch this amazing show full of wit, sarcasm and comedy.

On March 12, 2014, The Big Bang Theory was renewed for an additional three years, extending it through the 2016–17 season for a total of ten seasons.

Sidenote: it didn't get extend for years to come for no reason, get into it!

If you never saw this favorite show of mine, get to know the cast below

Dr. Leonard Hofstadter, portrayed by Johnny Galecki, is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 who received his Ph.D when he was 24 years old. He shares an apartment with colleague and friend, Sheldon Cooper, and has an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with neighbor Penny. They first dated for eight months in season 3, but broke up due to their conflicting expectations of their relationship. They resumed their relationship in season 5, but their differing ideas about the relationship continue to provide most of the conflict between them. Throughout season 6, Penny and Leonard became more comfortable as a couple with Leonard asking Penny to propose to him when she felt ready. In season 7, Penny proposed to Leonard, but Leonard refused the proposal as Penny was drunk and upset at the time. Near the end of season 7, Leonard and Penny become engaged.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, portrayed by Jim Parsons, is a theoretical physicist. Originally from East Texas, he was a child prodigy, starting college at the age of 11, right after completing the fifth grade. He received the Stevenson award when 14 and received his Ph.D when he was 16. He has an IQ of 187 and exhibits a strict adherence to routine; a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm, and humor; and a complete lack of humility or basic empathy. At first he rejected Penny's presence, seeing her as a disruption to his routine, though he has since come to accept and even show brief, awkward bursts of affection for her. He is dating Amy Farrah Fowler. During season 6, he has shown remarkable improvement dealing with his issue of touch phobia, and has admitted to Penny and Leonard and later Amy that he is open to the idea of him and Amy having sex someday. In season 7, he has also taken to initiate his kisses with Amy more frequently and more passionately than before. During season 7, Sheldon undergoes a mid-life crisis when he realises he hasn't made any progress in string theory, and he quits his job to search for a new field of study. At the end of the season, he leaves Pasadena for time to figure out who he is and what he wants after all the changes happening in his life, making his way to Arizona at the start of season 8.

Penny, portrayed by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (credited in previous seasons as "Kaley Cuoco"), is a waitress who lives across the hall from Sheldon and Leonard. She has aspirations to an acting career, but has not been particularly successful thus far, only boasting a few small roles including a deleted cameo in NCIS as well as a part in a hemorrhoid commercial. She has worked as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory up until season 7, when she quits in order to rededicate herself to acting. She and Leonard share a rocky romantic relationship characterized by breakups and reconciliations, complicated by Penny's fear that they have nothing in common. She has also developed a friendly relationship with Sheldon in spite of her frequent irritation with his personality quirks, to the point that she and Leonard occasionally act as parent figures for him. During season 5, Penny begins to date Leonard again, and by season 6 they were an established couple, although Penny still has doubts about the relationship's future. After being fired from an acting role near the end of season 7, she realizes that what she wants most in her life is Leonard, and the two become engaged. At the beginning of season 8, she gives up trying to become an actress and interviews for a job at Bernadette's pharmaceutical company. Her last name has never been revealed.

Howard Wolowitz, portrayed by Simon Helberg, is an aerospace engineer. He is Jewish, and lived with his mother until season 6. Howard is the only one of his friends (besides Penny) who does not have a Ph.D (he has a masters degree from MIT), a fact which Sheldon is quite often dismissive to Wolowitz and others. Though Howard fancied himself a ladies man, and that his clumsy advances and sexual harassment of Penny drew her ire, Howard began dating Bernadette Rostenkowski in season 3, and married her in the season 5 finale. In season 6 Howard visits the International Space Station as an astronaut/payload specialist. During season 7, they talk about having children.

Dr. Rajesh "Raj" Koothrappali, portrayed by Kunal Nayyar, is an astrophysicist from New Delhi, India. He comes from a very wealthy family, including a successful gynecologist father, and a large house with servants. His parents still live in New Delhi and are sometimes seen communicating with him via Skype, often pressuring him to get married. Raj works alongside Sheldon exploring the string theory implications of gamma rays from dark matter annihilation. He is very shy around women. Throughout most of the series, he has suffered from selective mutism, and cannot speak to women unless he has consumed alcohol, but this condition disappeared in the season 6 finale. He finds a friend in Stuart Bloom after Howard marries Bernadette. In season 6, he begins to date Lucy, a shy woman with similar social problems of her own. She breaks up with him at the end of the season, though he finds that he can talk to Penny. Near the end of season 7, Raj becomes romantically involved with a dermatologist named Emily (Laura Spencer), and their relationship becomes exclusive by the last two episodes of the season.

Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, portrayed by Dr. Mayim Bialik, Ph.D, is a neurobiologist. She first meets Sheldon in the season 3 finale through Raj and Howard, and is very similar to Sheldon, except that she is more open to social interactions and thus more susceptible to conventional behavior. She becomes close friends with Sheldon in season 4, and becomes his girlfriend in season 5, though Sheldon is extremely slow to the progress the physical aspect of their relationship. By the season 5 finale, they have progressed to holding hands though Amy is inching Sheldon toward a deeper relationship which gradually starts to become intimate in season 6 ending in some "intercourse" gameplay between their Dungeons and Dragons characters. In season 7, Sheldon begins kissing her on the lips for the first time. In the season 7 finale, she is extremely upset at Sheldon leaving Pasadena. Amy also forms a quirky friendship with Penny, whom Amy frequently refers to as her "bestie," and becomes Bernadette's maid of honor at her and Howard's wedding.

Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz, portrayed by Melissa Rauch, is a microbiologist. Formerly, Bernardette was working her way through grad school as a waitress at The Cheesecake Factory, where she befriended Penny, and they eventually become a trio with Amy. Penny introduced Bernadette to Howard. She was upgraded to main cast status in the episode "The Hot Troll Deviation". They get engaged in the "The Herb Garden Germination". In season 4, she, too, earns a Ph.D and joined the other doctors in mocking Howard for having only a master's. She marries Howard just before he goes into space at the end of season 5. Outwardly sweet, Bernadette refuses to tolerate Howard's often childish and embarrassing behavior and has become a stabilizing force in his life. She goes to work for a pharmaceutical company that makes her a lot of money, much more than Howard does, and in season 6, when she finds out that he and Raj spent $5,000 on a 3D printer to make figurines of themselves, she cuts him off from their money and puts him on an allowance. In season 7, she and Amy start to go out without Penny occasionally and bond over science-related topics.

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