TCA: “Big Bang Theory” not that ’70s show

POSTED BY JON WEISMAN

BbtheoryChuck Lorre didn’t even own a TV in the 1970s, so any similarities between his new CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” and the swinging late ’70s icon “Three’s Company” are completely coincidental. Really, Lorre insists.

Lorre, co-executive producer Bill Prady and the cast of “Big Bang” seemed a little taken aback to find themselves in the unexpected position of being asked to compare and contrast their program to that of Jack, Janet and Chrissy during the “Big Bang” TCA sesh on Wednesday.

Tops on the list: Three decades after Suzanne Somers redefined the role of the dumb blonde on “Three’s,” is it possible that Kaley Cuoco’s Penny (pretty small-town gal befriended by two neighbors who are Caltech physicists) is … dumberer? (Pictured from left, “Big Bang” stars Jim Parsons, Cuoco, Johnny Galecki)

No way, said Lorre.

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  1. Bob Andelman says:

    You might enjoy this entertaining audio interview with Bill Prady, co-creator of “The Big Bang Theory”: http://www.mrmedia.com/2008/04/bill-prady-big-bang-theory-cbs-tv.html . Prady’s other writing and producing credits include “Gilmore Girls,” “Muppets in Space,” “Dream On,” and even an episode of “Star Trek Voyager.” You could also subscribe to Mr. Media’s RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MrMedia .

  2. Jimmy says:

    See Kaley Cuoco’s new show called The Big Bang Theory this Fall Monday’s on CBS starting September 24. The critics love it and think it is very, very funny. This could be the next hit show. See clips from the show here :
    http://www.cbs.com/primetime/big_bang_theory/
    or see clips here :

  3. James says:

    The thing that I don’t understand is what is wrong with a “dumb” character in a sitcom. It is funny it is funny. No one watches a sitcom because the characters are smart. They watch it if it is funny. I have heard that everyone who has seen the pilot thinks it is funny. I am looking forward to this show and will watch it. The media has to understand people do not watch sitcoms because the characters are smart or dumb. They watch them if they are funny, and this show is funny.

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