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This week's cover: Inside the phenomenon that's 'The Big Bang Theory'


Nearly 14 billion years ago, a massive explosion in outer space resulted in the formation of the universe. Much more recently, another significant blowup occurred at 8 p.m. Thursdays on CBS.

The Big Bang Theory became a TV phenomenon.

Buoyed by strong viewership (16 million) and an omnipresent run in syndication (where it’s the most popular show on TBS and the No. 1 program among all reruns in adults 18-49 and 25-54),  the 2011-12 season marked TBBT’s most successful to date. Not only did it rank as the comedy’s most-watched year, the CBS series also saw its 18-49 audience jump an astonishing 23 percent from the previous season. With five nominations under its belt going into Emmy weekend — including its second consecutive one for best comedy — is another big bang in store for the four Cal Tech brainiacs and the waitress who loves them?

Thursday night TV: 'Big Bang' or '30 Rock'?

Thursday, traditionally primetime’s biggest night, won’t really get interesting until Oct. 4. By then, every network — minus The CW — will have premiered new episodes of its fall Thursday shows. As of tonight, though, only Fox is airing shiny new autumnal TV: CBS has comedy repeats and a new Big Brother, ABC’s showing summer series Wipeout and an old ep of Grey‘s, and NBC’s entire night has been turned over to the season finale of America’s Got Talent.

But in early October? By then, we’ll be four episodes into the fourth season of Glee, and all of NBC’s comedies will have returned. Meredith Grey will be sobbing all new sobs on ABC, and Lucy Liu will be steaming up screens as a sexy Dr. Watson on CBS’s Elementary. ‘Twill be a glorious time, my friends. A glorious time indeed.

So let’s fudge tonight’s TV Timeslot Wars poll by pretending that frabjous day is already upon us. When October rolls around, comedy lovers will be faced with a tough choice at 8 pm: The Big Bang Theory‘s nerds or 30 Rock‘s nerds? If you like one, there’s a good chance you also like the other — though you could always ditch both for extra Britney on The X Factor‘s results show.

Here’s the moment of truth — which show will you watch live? Let us know in the poll below.


Last Call! Turn the Emmy-snubbed into EWwy winners by voting in all 10 categories here!


Voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards — honoring the shows, actors, and actresses readers believe deserved an Emmy nomination but didn’t receive one — ends Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. (Winners will be announced Friday.) For a deep dive into the nominees, click through the Comedy categories and the Drama categories. Or, cast your ballot now by voting in the 10 polls below.

And the Drama nominees are…


EWwy Awards: 'An election we all can agree on,' says Rob Lowe


It’s Day 3 of voting for EW’s 5th Annual EWwy Awards for the Emmy-snubbed, and today’s reminder comes courtesy of Rob Lowe, a nominee for Best Actor, Comedy, alongside his Parks and Recreation castmate Adam Scott, Community‘s Joel McHale, The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, and Up All Night‘s Will Arnett. Campaigning is not only welcome, it’s encouraged! Use the hashtag #EWwy.

This Week on Stage: 'Bring It On' waves its spirit stick on Broadway

A high-flying, basket-tossing new musical based on the 2000 teen cheerleader comedy Bring It On took an unusual (backward-somersaulting) path to its Broadway opening this week. Instead of launching a national tour after a splashy New York run, the energetic tuner (which is only loosely based on the Kirsten Dunst film, plot-wise) played in 13 cities starting last November before bowing on the Great White Way. In my B+ review, I noted the youthful cast and a score, by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), with lyrics by Miranda and Amanda Green (High Fidelity), that actually “sounds like it was composed in this century.”

Also on Broadway, it’s the final curtain this weekend for three shows: Fela!, a short-run musical revival that has been doing anemic box office; Harvey, the comedy revival ending its limited summer run so star Jim Parsons can return to L.A. to shoot The Big Bang Theory; and Memphis, the 2010 Tony-winning musical that is expected to recoup its $12 million investment this weekend after 30 previews and 1,166 performances over the course of nearly three years. (At that rate, imagine how long it might take Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to break even.) READ FULL STORY

POLL: Your favorite May finale wedding dress?

Best Wedding Dress wasn’t a category in our annual Season Finale Awards, but it could have been. There were at least eight ceremonies planned for May (some of them, of course, failed to go off without a hitch). Which of the dresses below was your favorite? READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory' season finale react: The five best moments!

I honestly didn’t think a lot of what we anticipated happening in tonight’s season finale of The Big Bang Theory (Howard’s wedding, a rocket launch into freaking space) would actually happen. Something would be foiled. A different couple would get married. Someone would accidentally get launched into space with Howard.

But nope; none of that happened. (Thank God.) Instead, both major events went just as planned (with comedic hitches, of course) — and in a way, that was most shocking of everything they could have done.

That said, let’s review the top 5 moments as we watched our lovable geek Howard get hitched and get launched into space from the land of Tetris and mail-order brides: READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons talks hitting the stage for 'Harvey'

As fans prepare to watch tonight’s finale of The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons is already knee deep in his next role — Elwood P. Dowd in Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Harvey.

Ahead of tonight’s season ender (read our preview here), Parsons opened up about his hiatus project, which gives him a chance to play a character so unlike the socially challenged Sheldon.

“What’s so nice is the crucial divide between the two characters,” he says. “I hadn’t thought about this really deeply until you asked me, and now that I’m saying it, that is probably what I’m enjoying as much as anything, getting into the skin of this guy…who so desperately wants to hear what you have to say and make a conversation out of it — as opposed to the other nine months of the year when I play someone who does everything to stop that from happening.”


PopWatch Planner: Finding 'The Voice,' life advice from Stephen Colbert, and celebrating mom

There are a few mysteries to solve this week, starting with a new one from Sherlock Holmes on the second season of Sherlock on PBS, then moving through the start of season finales to discover the winner of The Voice. Later in the week, find some great pop culture graduation gifts (’tis the season…) like the new Stephen Colbert book, and then don’t forget to do something nice for your mom next Sunday. Have a great week!

Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery, PBS, 9 p.m.

Making plans for Sunday nights the next few weeks is elementary, my dear PopWatchers. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as everyone’s favorite detective and Martin Freeman joins him as Watson for the second season of the beloved Steven-Moffat-and-Mark-Gatiss series.  This week: Could Sherlock be in love? Check out Ken Tucker’s preview below.  READ FULL STORY

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