Shel­don gets new at­ten­tion

Edmonton Journal - - TV - MELISSA HANK

Shel­don Cooper, la­dykiller? The char­ac­ter best de­scribed as a re­ally smart daddy-long-legs will be the ob­ject of a woman’s af­fec­tions in the Sea­son 10 fi­nale of The Big Bang The­ory air­ing Thurs­day night. And that woman isn’t his girl­friend, Amy.

In­stead, it’s Dr. Ra­mona Now­it­ski (Riki Lind­home) — remember her from Sea­son 2? She was ob­sessed with the spindly fella played by Jim Par­sons, giv­ing him foot rubs and mak­ing him break­fast while he toiled on a prob­lem for work.

Ra­mona pops up again while Amy (Mayim Bialek) is away at Prince­ton Univer­sity for a sum­mer re­search fel­low­ship. And she seems just as amorous as ever.

“One of the things that we found in­ter­est­ing while Amy’s away is what hap­pens if another woman comes in and makes a play for Shel­don and how that would af­fect ev­ery­body,” ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Steve Mo­laro told the New York Post. “It re­ally gave the en­tire group a mo­ment to rally and be pro­tec­tive in the most lov­ing way of Shel­don and Amy and their re­la­tion­ship. I like how the story united ev­ery­one.”

Af­ter a flut­ter of un­cer­tainty be­hind the scenes a few weeks ago, as Bialek and Melissa Rauch were deep in con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions, The Big Bang The­ory is now locked in for another two sea­sons at CBS — likely the se­ries’ fi­nal ones.

A spinoff pre­quel ti­tled Young Shel­don and star­ring Iain Ar­mitage is slated for next sea­son. Big Bang also airs on CTV in Canada, where the pre­quel is ex­pected to land as well.

“It’s like an ori­gin story. I was try­ing to come up with an idea for a show, and we had this idea about my lit­tle nephew, who is re­ally smart, down in Texas,” Par­sons ex­plained on Watch What Hap­pens Live with Andy Co­hen this week. “My fam­ily is pretty av­er­age — no of­fence to them, but they’re very nor­mal, and he’s very smart. One thing led to another and I thought, ‘This could be Shel­don.’ ”

He then brought the idea to Big Bang co-cre­ator Chuck Lorre, who gave the idea the go-ahead.

Par­sons will nar­rate the show as adult Shel­don. Zoe Perry will em­body Shel­don’s mother Mary Cooper. On The Big Bang The­ory, Perry’s real-life mother Lau­rie Met­calf plays the char­ac­ter.

SO LONG, SAL

CraveTV’s What Would Sal Do? won’t be back for sea­son 2. The show, about a slacker who dis­cov­ers he’s re­ally the sec­ond com­ing of Je­sus Christ, de­buted on the stream­ing ser­vice in March. “We had a good run,” cre­ator An­drew De An­ge­lis wrote in a Face­book post. “Well … we had an OK run. Who am I kid­ding, we had a run. This sucks. There, I said it. But here’s what didn’t suck: get­ting the chance to make the show I wanted to make — no com­pro­mises, no re­grets.”

Riki Lind­home

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