×

If the number of scenes Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik have together in the first episode of the upcoming season premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” is a spoiler, then read no further.

But the answer to the question speaks to the evolution of the show.

“Big Bang” co-stars and fellow Emmy nominees Parsons and Bialik spoke about the episode, which is shooting this week, at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Performers Peer Group Reception on Aug. 19 at the Sheraton Universal.

“We don’t have any scenes together,” said Bialik, nominated for comedy supporting actress for the second year in a row for playing Amy Farrah-Fowler.

“That didn’t shock me though,” said Parsons, a two-time Emmy comedy lead actor winner as Sheldon Cooper. “Amy’s taken on such a life of her own.”

Parsons noted that while the show embraces the relationship between Sheldon and Amy, it isn’t dependent upon moving them forward at light speed.

“In a weird way, I think that’s one of the charms of the show, one of the reasons it works,” Parsons said. “There’s something really reliable about it. … They (the writers) have been so careful of not trying to make giant leaps.”

Said Bialik: “It’s what we do. It’s a great first episode, (even though) I don’t think there’s anything surprising.”

Bialik was in better shape than she was at the same event a year ago, when she was days removed from a serious car accident that left her hand heavily bandaged.

She commented on Parsons’ newfound celebrity in the world of sports. When NBA star and 2012-13 Los Angeles Laker center Dwight Howard was in the process of choosing his next team as a free agent, Parsons made a video – with a healthy supply of logic, of course – imploring Howard to join the Houston Rockets.

“I think most people don’t know that Jim Parsons knows sports like you do,” Bialik said to him.

Said Parsons: “Well, let’s be honest, I don’t think I had a whole hell of a lot to do with it. Perhaps (I did), and maybe I should just go with that and I was the tipping point. (But) they allowed me to come back to L.A. after it, so I (probably didn’t) have much of an effect.”

Parsons agreed that it didn’t seem that many Lakers fans missed Howard all that much.

“I didn’t think that they should. … But they did know that the relationship with Howard wasn’t working, don’t you think? It’s true. I do think this is a better situation for him – I really do.”