S5E17: This week’s The Big Bang Theory is kind of a wash. No storylines progress, which is usually okay since it’s a sitcom. But nothing of merit happens. We get a Barry Kripke-heavy episode, so if you like watching a guy speak like Porky Pig, then this one’s for you. For the most part, “The Rothman Disintegration” plays like an episode from one of the earlier seasons, which isn’t terrible. But by this point in the show’s history, Chuck Lorre and his writers can produce a much better half hour than this paint-by-numbers episode.
“These shrimps are all the same size, there’s no logical order to eat them in.” – Sheldon
On their way back from Dr. Rothman’s retirement party, Sheldon wants to take a look at his new office, which is Rothman’s old one. Seeing as how Rothman was driven insane and forced to retire, he won’t be needing it...which could mean that Sheldon will have the same fate. Unfortunately for Dr. Cooper, Dr. Barry Kripke is already in the office, having called dibs, which means we’re in for a war over some prime office real estate. It’s just like the rest of the episode, but it’s a decent way to start things off.
“Before I met you I was a mousy wallflower. But look at me now: I’m like some downtown hipster party girl. With a posse, boyfriend, and new lace bra that hooks in front, of all things.” – Amy
Amy Farah Fowler’s continual misunderstanding of boundaries is taken to new levels as she commissions a painting of herself and Penny...and what an eyesore the gargantuan thing is. Unless the painting will keep Penny and Amy young – a la Dorian Gray – it needs to go posthaste. Judging by the look on her face, Penny feels the same way. Luckily for fans, Mayim Bialik continues to sell Amy no matter what the Big Bang writers throw at her. She’s grown far beyond her initial role as the female Sheldon.
“As you know, the essence of diplomacy is compromised. With that in mind, I propose the following – I will take Rothman’s office, and you will find a way to be ok with that.” – Sheldon
Kripke comes over to discuss who will get Rothman’s office. Evidently, Kripke hasn’t heard of the classic “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock,” so we’re treated to another explanation of the game. Despite the fun of watching R.P.S.L.S. again, the dueling scientists agree to decide who gets the office over a basketball game – an area in which the guys agree they’re both terrible. Go figure – sitcom uber-nerds are bad at sports. So long as they don’t try to grapple with each other like Raj and Howard did last season, I think we’ll be okay. And at halfway through the episode, I haven’t grown tired at Kripke’s Porky Pig-like voice, so hopefully I’ll be ok.
“You know all those terrible things bullies used to do to us? I get it.” – Leonard
Sheldon and Kripke do battle on the basketball court and play to five points. Justin “Linsanity” Lin of the New York Knicks these guys are not. Neither man can even make it to one point, let alone five, but they both break a sweat while pithily trying. Leonard lowers the standards and suggests making a basket from the free throw line. Even than doesn’t work, so the winner is decided over who can bounce a ball highest – Sheldon wins the grade school competition and praises his own satisfactory P.E. performance.
“Goodnight painting Penny. Goodnight real Penny. You don’t have to say goodnight to painting Amy because she’s never leaving.” – Amy “Goodnight real Penny. Goodnight transvestite Penny.” – Bernadette
Amy finds out that Penny hides their painting whenever Amy is not around, and she takes the painting home with her in an angry huff – at least she didn’t go for the sculpture. When Penny goes to Amy’s to apologize, she blames taking down the painting on Bernadette’s jealousy. Satisfied with the answer since Bernie is the “least cool,” Amy grabs the painting so she can re-hang it in Penny’s apartment.
“Mockingbirds can change their song, which means he’s out of tune on purpose. He’s mocking me.” – Sheldon
It’s hard to believe, but Sheldon’s new office has sort of gone to his head. The room itself is bound to make an OCD scientist snap: it’s got stale air, the hole in the wall where “something wanted out,” wind chimes, a mockingbird who clashed with said chimes, and vibrations from being underneath the geology lab. Sheldon's “nervous system is being plucked like the strings of a harp.” To the victor go the spoils, indeed. Sheldon going crazier than he already is? Yes, please.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m tired of Barry Kripke. He’s a one note character mocking a speech impediment. As for the actor who plays him, John Ross Bowie, they’ve used him to better effect on several occasions. Sadly, the battle over a new office wasn’t even funny. Kripke and Sheldon have had much funnier duels than this one. It’s not a good sign when throughout the episode, you get the feeling that Johnny Galecki has grown bored as I have with these sorts of plotlines – no matter how much the audience in attendance seems to love it. I’m sure I'm not the only one who has grown tired of repetitive sitcom tropes from a series that time and time again has shown it’s better than that.
Does anyone else want to see Sheldon’s growing insanity in his new office continue? Hopefully next week, we’ll get back to the quality this show is known for. What do my fellow Theorists think? Sound off in the comments below and follow Hollywood and me on Twitter @Hollywood_com and @CouchForceOne.
The Walking Dead panel just ended at San Diego Comic-Con and already the dear, dear folks at AMC are giving the rest of us a chance to see the trailer that just premiered in the sunny city! Things are about to get a lot worse for Andrew Lincoln and crew, but from the looks of things, creators Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman have got them on the right path...and by right path we mean they're headed straight for swarms and swarms of flesh-eating zombies. Cheery, ain't it?
It's pretty unlikely that any show, even one set in a zombie apocalypse, can continue without introducing a few new characters to shake up the drama, and as such, even The Walking Dead will have a few new (non-decaying, non-bloodthirsty) faces next season. Now, we know the names and a few details of three such faces.
When season two gets underway, we'll find Rick and friends stumbling upon Hershel's Farm and that's where some of these new characters come in. First up is, well, Hershel. According to TV Line, Hershel is a veterinarian (a handy skill for someone who also owns a farm) and a "Wilford Brimley type." I guess he'll be giving Dale a run for his money as the go-to grandpa figure. Hershel's got a daughter, Maggie, who "sounds like a younger version of Andrea with better horseback-riding skills" and boom: we spy a bit of a danger of the show repeating itself. (Remember the psuedo-paternal relationship Dale had with Andrea? Here comes the real thing.)
Finally, we have Otis the ranch hand, who's totally a great person except that he may, possibly, definitely shoot a survivor and face the consequences...whatever those might be.
The Hershel/Maggie dynamic looks like another excuse to continue the constant presence of families torn apart or troubled by the zombie wasteland (see: Andrea, Amy and Dale; Rick, Lori and Carl; Morgan and Duane), however Otis' storyline presents an enticing tid bit. When survivors are outnumbered by walkers hundreds of thousands to one, having one of the living accidentally kill another survivor and watching the consequences that ensue provides an interesting offshoot from general "fight to survive" storyline. It's certainly interesting, but hopefully that's not the only big twist we're headed for next season (and if the past shows us anything, we're in for quite a few big surprises).
Source: TV Line
Source: Deadline New York
It's about time that Dwayne Johnson got back to his roots. After being unimpressive in Fox's Tooth Fairy and picking a flop of a animated feature (Planet 51), the wrestling star turned actor is ready to rock the multiplex once again as resident ass-kicker.
He'll next be seen as an ex-con hunting his brothers killer in CBS Films Faster and may be staying in fifth gear for Universal's Fast Five. Deadline reports that Johnson may be joining the lucrative action/racing franchise as a lawman hunting Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) following the events of 2009's Fast and Furious.
Justin Lin returns to the fold to direct from Chris Morgan's script. The studio is eyeing a June 10, 2011 release for the fifth installment. There is no confirmation from Universal regarding Johnson's involvement, but we think that he'd spice up the film for sure. Count us in!
Ortega was choreographing Jackson's comeback concerts when the King of Pop died in June (09).
After he finishing work on This is It, Ortega stepped away from the limelight and even cancelled plans to direct a remake of Footloose - starring Chace Crawford - revealing he wanted to "kick my shoes off and walk in the sand".
Six months after Jackson's death, Ortega is ready to return and has signed up to take the Tony Award-winning In the Heights to the big screen.
And he wants Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical about his upbringing in New York neighborhood Washington Heights, to reprise his starring role in the movie.
Ortega tells Daily Variety, "I've seen the show six times on Broadway since it opened. Lin blew me away with his presence and charisma."
Stern has filed suit against the Hachette Book Group and TV reporter-turned-writer Rita Cosby, accusing them of libel over a string of accusations made against him in Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death.
The book about the late star makes a series of claims about Stern's sexuality, alleging Smith possessed a sex tape featuring Stern and her boyfriend Larry Birkhead. Stern insists the footage doesn't exist.
At a hearing in a New York court on Wednesday (12Aug09), U.S. District Judge Denny Chin ruled that Stern's suit included enough evidence to warrant a trial - meaning a jury will now decide the outcome of the case.
Judge Chin dropped the publisher as a defendant and dismissed eight of 19 libellous statements allegedly made in the book.
Cosby's lawyer, Elizabeth McNamara, insists her client is confident of victory in the ongoing legal dispute, telling E! Online, "As to the remaining statements, we are fully confident that a jury will dismiss them as well once it hears all the evidence surrounding Howard K. Stern's life with Anna Nicole Smith.
Stern's attorney, L. Lin Wood, said his client was "very pleased" with the judge's decision.
The $60 million (£41 million) suit asks for compensatory and punitive damages.
The Coen brothers could be adding a third Writers Guild of America Award to their impressive trophy case next month if they can nab best original screenplay for their quirky comedy Burn After Reading. The WGA, who announced their nominees today, presented Joel and Ethan Coen with best adapted screenplay last year for No Country for Old Men and best original screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.
Rounding out the contenders this year are Dustin Lance Black for Milk, Woody Allen for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tom McCarthy for The Visitor and Robert Siegel for The Wrestler.
The WGA’s best adapted screenplay noms include Eric Roth for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with story by Roth and Robin Swicord; Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight with story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer; John Patrick Shanley for Doubt, based on the stage play; Peter Morgan for Frost/Nixon, based on his stage play; and Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire.
WGA members will meet simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles for the award ceremony on Feb. 7.
Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features
Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company
The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films
The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
The Dark Knight, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; Based on Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comics; Batman Created by Bob Kane, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doubt, Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films
Frost/Nixon, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures
Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, Written by Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker, InterPositive Media
Chicago 10, Written by Brett Morgen, Roadside Attractions
Fuel, Written by Johnny O'Hara, Greenlight Theatrical / Intention Media
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Screenplay by Alex Gibney, From the Words of Hunter S. Thompson, Magnolia Pictures
Waltz with Bashir, Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics
Dramatic Series Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fierro, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime
Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC
Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan; ABC
Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC
The Wire, Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, David Mills, David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos; HBO
30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC
Entourage, Written by Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss; HBO
The Office, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC
The Simpsons, Written by J. Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Valentina Garza, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Ron Hauge, Al Jean, Brian Kelly, Billy Kimball, Rob LaZebnik, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, David Mirkin, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William Wright; Fox
Weeds, Written by Roberto Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David Holstein, Rolin Jones, Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg; Showtime
Breaking Bad, Written by Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin, George Mastras, J Roberts; AMC
Fringe, Written by JJ Abrams, Jason Cahill, Julia Cho, David H. Goodman, Felicia Henderson, Brad Caleb Kane, Alex Kurtzman, Darin Morgan, J.R. Orci, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Zack Whedon; Fox
In Treatment, Written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Meritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO
Life on Mars, Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Wilcox, Adele Lim, Bryan Oh, Tracy McMillan, Sonny Postiglione, Phil M. Rosenberg, Meredith Averill; ABC
True Blood, Written by Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, Chris Offutt; HBO
Episodic Drama - any length - one airing time
“Don’t Ever Change” (House), Written by Doris Egan & Leonard Dick; Fox
“Double Booked” (Burn Notice), Written by Craig O’Neill & Jason Tracey; USA
“Gray Matter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Patty Lin; AMC
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
“Pilot” (Eli Stone), Written by Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim; ABC
“There’s Something About Harry” (Dexter), Written by Scott Reynolds; Showtime
Episodic Comedy - any length - one airing time
“Believe in the Stars” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC
“Cooter” (30 Rock), Written by Tina Fey; NBC
“Crime Aid” (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC
“Crush’d” (Ugly Betty), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; ABC
“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC
“Vote for This and I Promise to Do Something Crazy at the Emmys” (My Name is Earl), Written by Greg Garcia; NBC
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ABC News decided on Tuesday that airing footage of the World Trade Center plane attacks was now "inappropriate," according to ABC spokeswoman Su-Lin Cheng Nichols. "People will remember these images forever whether we put them on or not," she said. "It's no longer a public service to continue to air them.'' According to The Associated Press, ABC will only air the footage with the approval of the network's news chief.
Jay Leno's The Tonight Show resumed production on Tuesday night, with Leno opening the show standing beside a large video screen displaying the American flag. He welcomed Senator John McCain and Crosby, Stills and Nash, who performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Speaking of his hosting job, Leno remarked, "In a world where people fly airplanes into buildings for the sole purpose of killing innocent people, a job like this seems incredibly irrelevant." Leno's comments come one night after news anchor Dan Rather broke down on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Whitney Houston will re-release her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," according to the AP. Record company Arista will produce the single, which should reach stores next week, and the proceeds will benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is currently writing a song, "Americans United," to commemorate last week's terrorist attacks, AP reports. This is not a first for the senator; he has worked with other professional musicians previously, including singer Gladys Knight.
Two books honoring survivors of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks are on the fast track to publication, according to the AP: God Bless America and 9/11 8:48 AM: Documenting America's Greatest Tragedy are expected to hit shelves soon.
Singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis recently said he is "never going to America again" and he "ain't getting on a plane for a long time," Reuters reports. The group's press manager called the rocker's comments about flying, "a perfectly understandable human reaction."
Convicted antiques dealer David Michael Bryce will receive his sentence on Oct. 2 for burgularizing model/actress Jerry Hall's London home, Reuters reports. Bryce was convicted of stealing over $10,000 of Hall's personal property including a candlestick, a laptop computer and jewelry.
Singer Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform two concerts in San Juan, Puerto Rico this weekend, according to the Associated Press. Although a native of New York, Lopez looks forward to singing in the land of her cultural heritage. "For my music and my people," she said.
In an auction of rock star memorabilia Tuesday, 200 items went on sale, though not every item met its reserve, including Elvis Presley's medical records and the Spice Girls' sequin-covered stretch limousine. Other items, however, such as Jim Morrison's handwritten lyrics, a John Lennon hat and an Elvis drum kit, sold for thousands of dollars, Reuters reports.
Jack Valenti (one of Hollywood's top lobbyists) intends to broach the subject of digital piracy with Silicon Valley executives Thursday, Variety reports. Studios are concerned about digital TV being broadcast over the Internet, and a Senate bill has been drafted to give the government power to arbitrate between studios and technology firms if the two are unable to reconcile their differences.
The UK actors' union, Equity, which represents celebs like Ewan McGregor, Julie Walters, and Simon Callow, is considering a strike, according to BBC News. Currently, the actors receive a flat fee when their films are shown on TV or sold on DVD, but they get no additional payments for further screenings. Equity is asking its members not to work on UK feature films starting Dec. 1.
Hollywood.com staff writer Jason Alcorn contributed to this report