"The Big Bang Theory", fresh off its blockbuster ratings Season 7 debut, announced some exciting names that will be making guest appearances on the hit CBS sitcom this year. Bob Newhart was already set to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Professor Proton, and today we learned that Bill Nye has been added to the same Nov. 7 "Big Bang Theory" episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Oct. 2.
They put Leonard and Bernadette together for the first time, and it turns out they work horribly together. Johnny Galecki said he hopes they use that, because we've all been there when a best friend has a spouse you might not necessarily get along with.
Galecki also tells that fans will see a new side to Bernadette during the scavenger hunt. When it comes to being competitive, Bernadette is a "dragon", he said, adding she's horrible, but it was a blast to film.
When Bob Newhart revisits his role in the Nov. 7 episode, his Professor Proton character contacts Johnny Galecki's Leonard to ask for help with an experiment.
Sheldon apparently feels slighted by his childhood idol choosing Leonard over him, so he excises some revenge by befriending a rival TV-science host in Bill Nye, aka "The Science Guy".
Newhart, 84, just one his first ever Emmy Award last month when he was honored for his guest stint last season on "Big Bang". Bill Nye will portray himself in the episode.
And besides those two announcements, some other names were dropped that will be returning to the "Big Bang" set this season. Christine Baranski will be back as Leonard's awesomely stern mother figure.
Regina King returns as the university Human Resources Manager who doesn't know quite what to make of the nerdy group of guys. Last week's show hinted at a possible relationship sparking between her character and Raj.
Other returning greats include comic book legend Stan Lee, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Star Trek's George Takei, among others.
"The Big Bang Theory" certainly doesn't need to resort to stunt casting in order to draw fans. The show is continuing to grow its audience and break ratings records.
They don't have to resort to casting big names, but it sure is nice when they do.