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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jilter, Jun 9, 2021.
all those years and not once did Sheldon use the doorbell right next to Penny's door
I caught BBT the first time during a marathon held Christmas 2019. I promptly imported the complete Blu-Ray set afterwards (the complete series was only on DVD here, even though you could buy individual season on Blu-Ray). So I caught it late, but I was enjoying the few episodes during the marathon so much.
Kinda miss it. I still catch syndicated reruns on TV. I get the jokes - many of the jokes have several levels of understanding - there's the obvious one for everyone, but there are often deeper jokes contained if you actually understand it. And while Penny helps explain the joke, often the writers use it to explain the obvious and not-so-obvious one, but leave the super deep one for the geeks and nerds out there.
A very good summary of how a writers strike helped solve the issue of Penny just being an object vs a person in the beginning.
NPR Cookie Consent and Choices
One part of this story I don't understand. You got to see the pilot (or a pilot) of TBBT before it aired, laughed out loud several times and when the series aired, you never watched it? That seems odd to me. If I saw a pilot and thought it was funny, when that show actually aired, I'd be all over it!!!
There was a pilot that I watched at CBS studios in NY, in the 1970s in a similar situation to yours that after I watched it and gave my comments and thought it was funny, ended up airing as a summer replacement series. As you said, I felt an attachment to it, and since the pilot was funny, I couldn't wait to watch. I watched 3 episode and the 2nd and 3rd were not as funny and stopped watching, and the show ultimately bombed. But I wanted to watch, I was curious if nothing else.
I really like Vernee Watson. I wish we had seen her more in the show but now we have the Abishola show to see her. My fav scene of hers was in the hospital with Howard and the robot arm.
The young lady in the second piece looks familiar but I cannot seem to place her.
Your confusion is understandable, I guess it would require a deeper understanding of my personal psychology which you have no reason to comprehend. I like to save for a rainy day. I can put off experiences that I know will bring me pleasure. I am a bit of a masochist. And I believe there is a pay-off for the above behaviors.
Currently I am collecting on my foresight in putting off consuming BBT when it was in prime.
“Never really watched it” was not accurate.
I watched 2 or 3 in the first year and random pieces of eps over the years.
Wow, how kind of you to dig that up. So illuminating. I currently have serious brain fog so I am hesitant to assert myself. But - I have to say despite all the excellent foundational info in the replies here, I am quite sure the pilot we were shown that day had Kaley Cuoco and it was unrefined and different from what was shown on tv.
So perhaps the term “pilot” was an error on my part in my opening post. It was a test screening, and not hard to imagine the ep went thru many iterations.
But, again Wow! Thank you so much for the link.
Amanda Walsh - Wikipedia
Thanks. The interesting (kinda) part is that I've never seen any of those shows mentioned. But the name seems familiar so I must have seen her at some point. Or, I'm just delusional. I think it's 50/50
Seinfeld had a very similar path to air. The Seinfeld pilot actually did air in the summer of 1989 but got terrible reviews and bad ratings. Luckily an executive at NBC saw the potential and even with the poor ratings and bad reviews gave them a greenlight to shoot 4 more episodes if they changed/retooled it somewhat. Those 4 episodes aired a year later in the summer of 1990 and the rest is history. Crazy to think that one of the most popular shows ever had such a bad pilot and came very close to only airing that one episode.
Stuff like that would never happen in todays TV world. No way a show airs a pilot that gets bad ratings, bad reviews and then gets another chance a year later.
The other piece of that which I found interesting is that the network exec who greenlit the additional 4 episodes was in charge of NBC's late night slate at the time, so that was the only place he could pull money from to pay for the four-episode order. So he used budget that would have otherwise gone toward late night shows (which were Carson, Letterman, and SNL at the time) or specials. This was the only way Seinfeld got made, since the regular entertainment side of the network wanted nothing to do with it.
Edit: By the way, if this is interesting to anyone, the book "Top Of The Rock" by Warren Littlefield is a fascinating read.
So true. The Execs who possessed that type of insight should get named credit!
She was on nearly every time they visited a hospital, ER, etc. A little of her goes a long way, but she is hilarious.
I have the unaired TBBT pilot in MP4 form if anyone's interested in seeing it.
If so, I'll upload to WeTransfer and provide a URL for any interested parties to access the file, which is roughly 1.6GB.
Having watched the whole thing, I'm glad they scrapped the pilot and retooled the series!
I’ve watched the pieces on YouTube. I think that’s the whole thing and I agree. Penny fit much better and unsexing Sheldon was right to do. But you can see the Sheldon/Leonard dynamic in the original. And the two male friends fit better than the female friend as well.
Agreed. Having a woman clearly be interested in Leonard right from the start would have made things very different. And I have no idea how Sheldon would have evolved if they stuck with the version of him that existed in that original pilot.
Here we go.....Pilot thread:
The Big Bang Theory: Pilot Episode Leaked
and aired Pilot thread:
The Big Bang Theory Sneak Preview - 9/16
9/24/07 Repeated Pilot airing?
Big Bang Theory Premiere - 9/24
JLD was Seinfeld's version of the secret sauce.
I always forget that she was not in the original pilot. In fact putting in a female lead character was one of the things that they had to agree to in order to get the green light to do more episodes. Larry David knew her from when they worked together on SNL and thought she would be perfect for the part.
Vernee Watson is currently in Bob Hearts Abishola - she's probably the best part of that show.