15 things we learned from 'Big Bang Theory' at Comic-Con: Johnny Galecki as Princess Leia and more
Who came up with Amy's tiara? And Giant Jenga?
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*** The "Big Bang Theory" versus Geology Wars are about to begin. An early question came from a [Scandinavian?] geology PhD student inquired, "I noticed that more than once, Sheldon picks on us. It's very funny, but why did you choose us?" To this, Bill Prady replied, "You can admit it. It's not really a science. It's a hobby. It's rock-collecting." And yes. He was joking. Geez. Thin-skinned much, geology students?
*** The "Big Bang Theory" versus Green Lantern Wars are about to begin. EP Steven Molaro isn't a fan of Green Lantern, which isn't necessarily something you want to admit at Comic-Con, even after the Ryan Reynolds dud. What is Molaro's issue? He doesn't like that Green Lantern just takes his name from the source of his power. "It's like if you had all the powers of an iPhone and you call yourself The Battery," he cracked.
*** Johnny Galecki's brother came up with Giant Jenga. Remember the super-sized Jenga that the gang played with? Well, apparently the main idea came from Johnny Galecki's brother. "When you're the size of my brother and I, it's a dangerous game... You need to be quick," Galecki admitted. The game credited prop master Scott London with making the on-air version of Giant Jenga and also with preparing the Chinese food that the characters enjoy eating. The Giant Jenga is now at Molaro's house.
*** I can't tell you much about the upcoming season. This was not a panel to give away great details about Season 7. We'll see Leonard on the ship that he departed for at the end of last season. We'll see Amy and Bernadette go on a road trip together without Penny.
*** But what about Sheldon & Penny? Will they... you know... DO IT?!? "It is a possibility," teased Molaro. "I believe Amy will continue to try to get her way. I'm pretty confident saying that," Molaro added. "It always baffles me how much Amy has gotten Sheldon to move. That's always amazing," Prady said.
*** Sheldon and Leonard's white board changes every episode. "They change it every time. They often are related to what the characters are talking about every week. And there are also some inside jokes for the scientists," say Dr. David Saltzberg, the show's science consultant. One week, the board contained the answers to one of his classes' tests.
*** Many of the show's nerdiest moments are best on the lives of the writers. Supervising producer Maria Ferrari noted that the moment last scene when Amy attempted to seduce Sheldon by feigning sickness was based on an incident from high school. And when Howard Wolowitz listed his bullies at some point, the names belonged to actual bullies that the writers faced. There was one exception: Jim Reynolds submitted a name of a bully, but then asked to have the name taken out of the show. "He's a cop who got kicked off the force!" Reynolds explained.
*** Amy's beloved tiara was Chuck Lorre's idea. But Molaro was credited with the way that Amy's enthusiasm was embodied in the episode. In fact, Molaro was credited with all expressions of female enthusiasm on the show.
*** All episodes are written collectively. The writers all sit in a room and write chronologically from "Fade in" on, with a writers' assistant chronicling everything on a typewriter. Yes, they said a typewriter. I'm not sure if this is actually true, or if Bill Prady's mind just automatically goes to older technology, rather than laptops.
*** Penny dresses more modestly for a reason. One questioner asked about Kaley Cuoco's changing wardrobe as the series has progressed, changes that are fairly obvious to anybody who happens to catch early-season repeats on TBS. Prady explained that as Penny has had more success, she has started buying better -- and apparently less-revealing -- clothing. Will she have more success as the show continues to progress? "I think her career moves at a speed that matches the careers of my friends who are actresses," Prady said. So Cuoco may be dressing like Mother Theresa by Season 15.
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