‘The Big Bang Theory’ Producers Talk Romance
“The Big Bang Theory” started out as a comedy series centering on the lives of a group of geeky friends. But from science nerds, the show, which is on its eighth season, has surprisingly become a couple series. Its writers and producers admit, however, that they don’t have any concrete plans as to where the romance between the characters are heading next. Read on for more on this story.
In an interviewer with ET Online, Bill Prady and Steven Molaro, the show’s executive producers, discussed how they usually come up with the romantic scenes between the couples in the series. Prady said that most of the time, the ideas come out organically and, in the moment, making the scenes very authentic.
“I think that one of the things that makes The Big Bang Theory couples work is that, from a writing point of view, it’s not written with the result first,” explained Prady, citing an instance with Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) in “The Prom Equivalency” (air date: November 2014), where the two admitted their love for each other for the first time. It resulted in an emotional surprise not only for the viewers but also from the writers themselves. The special moment took a while to build up though, just like the time Leonard (Johnny Galecki) proposed to Penny (Kaley Cuoco) in Season 7.
“We’ll have an idea that’s what we’re aiming for, but how it’s going to be executed and how the final words come out and it’s usually a surprise,” said Molaro about those scenes, with Prady echoing that the gestures and execution were actually decided the very last minute.
Prady and Molaro credits the actors for making these scenes work, citing that their talent and their genuine feelings as co-actors, who actually like working alongside each other, are what make the materials they write better.
Molaro admits, however, that they don’t have any concrete ideas about what’s ahead for these relationships, but one thing is certain about ShAmy’s romance and Leonard and Penny’s engagement — it will be moving forward one way or another.
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