DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Wednesday -

ILOVE how when Jim Parsons won his Golden Globe ear­lier this year for play­ing Shel­don, he stood up and started to thank ‘‘ my’’ writers be­fore cor­rect­ing him­self and go­ing, my writers, how crass, the writers — oh, now the truth comes out . . .

Great re­cov­ery, peo­ple laughed and the cam­eras cut to a shot of the Big Bang The­ory ta­ble, where I guess it was the writers who were laugh­ing pretty heartily, and then they threw to Alec Bald­win sitting next to Tina Fey.

You couldn’t re­ally see her fully, only part of her head, but Bald­win was giv­ing her a side­ways look that meant I’m not sure what. That it re­ally an­noys her when an ac­tor or a pro­ducer — or who? — refers to her, as the writer of 30 Rock, as ‘‘ my writer’’?

I’m only spec­u­lat­ing. It was a look that was full of some kind of shared spe­cial mean­ing, though.

Parsons, I sup­pose, has emerged as the crowd-pleaser on Big Bang The­ory.

I think peo­ple just ex­pected it to be Leonard, but Shel­don’s pulled ahead as the key ham. Penny still loves Leonard, though, so that’s some­thing. De­spite her new jock boyfriend Zack.

The geeks all burn Zack up

Crowd-pleaser: Jim Parsons pretty good in the open­ing scene tonight, but it’s like tak­ing candy from a baby. They’re play­ing cards when he walks in, only they’re cards they’ve made them­selves. Zack just lets them take him apart. He can’t help it, he has no idea. It’s like an au­topsy — grue­some to wit­ness, but also a tiny bit en­ter­tain­ing.

And this all re­sults in Zack and the other four go­ing down to the comic book store and Zack meet­ing the comic book store guy (‘‘Zack, this is Stu­art, he owns the store.’’ Zack: ‘‘ Wow, lucky you.’’ Stu­art: ‘‘ Yeah, I work 70 hours a week and av­er­age $1.65 an hour.’’ Zack: ‘‘ Sweet.’’) and end­ing up at his New Year’s Eve fancy dress party. In elab­o­rate cos­tumes. The Big Bang The­ory Chan­nel 9, 7.30pm

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