'Big Bang' creators given science honors

Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady express 'humility'

TORONTO -- Canadian scientists are calling "The Big Bang Theory" co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady two of their own.
 
"Messrs. Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady do, with great humility, accept honorary membership in the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science," the hit sitcom's executive producers said in a statement Thursday on being received into the society of nerdy Canadian geniuses, originally founded in 1848.
 
Lorre was apparently recognized for his "groundbreaking fourth grade work in neurology entitled 'How Smart is the Human Brain? (An Extra-Credit Project),' " while Prady was cited for his "definitive exploration of zoological ophthalmology in the seventh grade science fair entry, 'Dissecting a Calf's Eye.' "
 
Lucky for Canadian TV viewers, "The Big Bang Theory" is impressing more than egg-head scientists.
 
Canadian broadcaster CTV, which airs the sitcom in simulcast with CBS, has seen the comedy pop in its new Thursday night slot.
 
The series, now in its fourth season, last year drew an average 2.18 million Canadian viewers on Monday nights.
 
Two weeks into the current season as part of CBS' new comedy block on Thursday nights, CTV is 3.14 million viewers, up 44% year-on-year, according to BBM Canada PPM data.
 
"Big Bang Theory" cast members Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, in Toronto Thursday to promote the sitcom for CTV, expressed surprise and relief at the sitcom successfully migrating from its cozy Monday night perch to take the former "Survivor" slot on the Canadian primetime dial.
 
"We had no idea the show is so big here," Parsons said before giving credit to the CBS research department for seeing potential for a time-period climb on Thursdays for the geeky sitcom.
 
Nayyar, who plays Raj on the sitcom, added CBS' scheduling gambit lifted "The Big Bang Theory" out from under the shadow of "Two and a Half Men," another hit CBS sitcom created by Chuck Lorre.
 
"We can stand on our own without that lead in," he insisted proudly.
 
Parsons, who plays the socially awkward Sheldon Cooper character on the comedy, said his recent Emmy win hasn't yet sunk in.
 
"I have the Emmy in my house. And sometimes I see it. It feels weird that it happened at all," he explained.
 
Parsons said it's easier to understand acting success through another show, or another career: "When it happens to you, you think, 'This stuff actually goes on?' "
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