Warner Bros. Television topper Peter Roth, left, with Melissa Rauch (Bernadette), EP Steve Molaro and EP/co-creator Chuck Lorre. Roth told THR that reaching 100 episodes is "an extraordinary achievement": "It’s a rarity on television – 84 percent of every first year fails or does not make it to a second season," he said at the December 100th episode party. "To have a show go 100 episodes and to watch a show grow from an average of 8.37 million viewers to 17 million we approach each and every week is an extraordinary accomplishment."
Kunal Nayyar (Raj) finds love with a stuffed Soft Kitty. Nayyar says his lovelorn character wouldn't nearly be as funny if he were more successful with women. "If you remove a character’s obstacles, they become less funny," he told THR. "No matter what it is, even if he does find love, there will be something that comes up and serves as an obstacle."
Kaley Cuoco, left, Johnny Galecki and director Mark Cendrowski share a laugh inside the 100th episode party held (fittingly) at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The party was held hours after Galecki received his first Golden Globe nomination for his role as the geeky but lovable Leonard in the CBS series. Says Cuoco: "I feel part of something really special and I’m so proud of everyone here, it’s amazing."
Co-creators/EPs Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady thank the cast and creative team behind Big Bang during the December event. Says Lorre: "When the cast came out for the curtain call for the 100th episode, I started getting weepy. It’s a big milestone and I don’t understand quite why but getting to it is a journey and it’s a long journey – five years – for this show it’s six years because we didn’t quite get it the first try, it took two years to get the pilot right. It’s been emotional but in a very good way."
Let Them Eat Cake
Inside the California Science Center, the cast and creatives celebrated the 100th episode with cake -- and a performance by The Barenaked Ladies, who perform the show's theme song. Says co-creator/EP Bill Prady: "We go to work every day and we work hard and try to make every episode good. Then you come and try and make the next episode and it’s difficult to put it into context and say the state of the sitcom and how you get to 100 episodes. I said years ago at some Christmas part with the cast that we’ve all done different projects and we’ve all hoped that they would work and somehow it seems to be this combination of people, this combination of idea and writers and cast."
In the past two seasons, The Big Bang Theory has added two new series regulars: Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who play Amy and Bernadette, respectively, who have provided new avenues to tell stories about the always difficult Sheldon (Jim Parsons). Says EP Steve Molaro of Amy and Sheldon's pairing: "It’s a relationship between two people who have never had one before in their lives and it lets us break stories that on the surface are ones we’ve seen before in ways that through the Sheldon and Amy filter, who knows how they’re going to turn out."
The cast shares a moment on stage during the event. Says Simon Helberg of the 100-episode milestone: "It means that we’ve obviously done something that is connecting with fans. We’re still having fun and that means we’re doing something right on the set and people are still watching more than ever, so we must be doing something right to be where we are. I could do 100 more tonight! I challenge anyone!"
It All Started With a Big Bang
The Barenaked Ladies performed the show's theme song during the California Science Center event, where the cast along with its large supporting players including Will Wheaton, John Ross Bowie and more also came out to celebrate the milestone. Says Bowie, who plays Sheldon's nemesis Barry Kripke: "I’m coming back in a couple of weeks and it’s the first time I’ve been back since [Sheldon's relationship] has gotten really serious with Amy. In a perfect world, I get to make out with Mayim Bialik. It’s probably not going to happen but I think there’s definitely a new dynamic with the new confident girlfriended Sheldon and it will be interesting to see how he and Kripke interact."
'The Geek Chorus'
Kunal Nayyar sings along with The Barenaked Ladies' performance of the show's theme song. Asked what he'll be doing in the 100th episode, Nayyar joked, "Raj is making wisecracks, being lonely. What does Raj do? Raj is there to perform as the geek chorus of the show. He’s saying what people are thinking."
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