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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEBBIE SCHIPP

FIVE sea­sons in, those odd­balls from The Big Bang The­ory are Aus­tralia’s most like­able nerds. With new episodes of the show prov­ing a rat­ings win­ner for WIN, you’d think the nerdi­est and most an­a­lyt­i­cal of the Big Bang team, Shel­don Cooper, might have some com­pli­cated sci­en­tific ex­pla­na­tion for the show’s ap­peal.

But Jim Par­sons, the man who plays the so­cially in­ept the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist, says while the sit­com’s suc­cess comes from a chem­istry, it is good writ­ing and rap­port – not an­a­lyt­i­cal the­ory – at its core.

‘‘ One of the things the writ­ers have been smart with in this show is try­ing things and see­ing what hap­pens and tak­ing their cues from how the ac­tors and au­di­ence re­spond to it,’’ Par­sons says. ‘‘ They’re pre­pared to let those changes sit.’’

There are two newish faces this sea­son, Amy and Ber­nadette, who have joined the orig­i­nal cast of mis­fits: Shel­don, his room­mate ex­per­i­men­tal physi­cist Leonard Hof­s­tadter ( Johnny Galecki), their wait­ress and ac­tress- wannabe neigh­bour Penny ( Ka­ley Cuoco) and so­cially awk­ward co- work­ers and friends, aero­space en­gi­neer Howard Wolowitz ( Si­mon Hel­berg) and as­tro­physi­cist Ra­jesh Koothrap­pali ( Ku­nal Nayyar).

‘‘ Who knew we needed a cou­ple of new char­ac­ters?’’ Par­sons says. ‘‘ But Amy and Ber­nadette have been in­tro­duced slowly. It hasn’t been forced, and sud­denly we have more colours to paint with.’’

At the fore­front as far as Shel­don is con­cerned is Amy ( Mayim Bia­lik), who is cur­rently Shel­don’s ‘‘ girl who is a friend but not a girl­friend’’.

There has been spec­u­la­tion this might change this sea­son but Par­sons is doubt­ful Shel­don will ever get some ‘‘ ac­tion’’.

‘‘ Hell, no,’’ he says. ‘‘ I think we’ve taped about eight episodes and not yet had one fully de­voted to Shel­don and Amy ad­vanc­ing their re­la­tion­ship.

‘‘ But we have had sev­eral one- on- one scenes where we’re dis­cussing a prob­lem, whether it be mine or hers, and I’ve no­ticed as an ac­tor there is some­thing won­der­ful hap­pen­ing be­tween the two of them.

‘‘ I don’t know what they’re plan­ning with it, but I do like the slow, mys­te­ri­ous pace they are tak­ing with it. I hon­estly would be sur­prised if there was a grand plan.’’

The show’s comic ap­peal comes from the in­tel­lec­tual geek­i­ness and so­cial in­ept­ness of the four guys con­trasted with Penny’s com­mon sense and so­cial skills and Shel­don is the geeki­est of the lot. It’s a char­ac­ter that this year saw Par­sons re­tain his Emmy for best comic ac­tor and one he knew he could play as soon as he saw the orig­i­nal script.

‘‘ I just loved the way the writ­ers had buried the scene in all this sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal and some­times just awk­wardly put jar­gon,’’ Par­sons says.

Learn­ing Shel­don’s com­pli­cated sci­en­tific di­a­logue, thank­fully, doesn’t re­quire self­con­fessed ‘‘ sci­ence nin­com­poop’’ Par­sons to un­der­stand what he’s say­ing.

‘‘ I don’t go on a big in­ves­ti­ga­tion of what it means be­cause frankly it would only con­fuse me fur­ther,’’ he says.

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