‘Big Bang Theory’ Loves Comic-Con, But Won’t Film There: Producer

by | July 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM | The Big Bang Theory, TV News

"Big Bang Theory" stars Johnny Galecki and Melissa Rauch at Comic-Con Friday in San Diego (Photo: Getty Images)

“The Big Bang Theory” will never film scenes at an actual Comic-Con Convention, even though the parallels between the fictional “Star Trek”- and “Star Wars”-obsessed nerds of the sitcom and the real-life geeks who attend the annual gathering are more or less obvious.

But at Comic-Con Friday in San Diego, a “Big Bang Theory” producer told attendees at a session for the sitcom that filming an episode or even just a single scene at Comic-Con was not feasible.

The question arose because Comic-Con was mentioned in an episode of “Big Bang Theory,” although it was a reference to a Comic-Con in Burbank.

It did fuel speculation that “Big Bang” and Comic-Con would become intertwined on the small screen, but the show’s co-creator, Bill Prady, said that won’t happen for logistical reasons, according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site.

Prady was one of several writers and producers who comprised this year’s “Big Bang” panel at Comic-Con. With the top-rated show on hiatus until production on the new season resumes next month, the panel was short on cast members who are understandably on vacation or working elsewhere. An exception was Johnny Galecki, who surprised attendees by first walking among them costumed unrecognizably in Princess Leia’s bounty hunter disguise from “Return of the Jedi,” then revealing himself and joining the show’s writers on on-stage.

Cast member Melissa Rauch also showed up, and wound up moderating the panel, according to this story.

“The fact that we gather here in July before the show goes back into full swing production in August gives us the shot in the arm we need,” said Galecki in a salute to the show’s fans.

Among the other highlights of the “Big Bang” session: Attendees saw a videotaped message from uber-physicist Stephen Hawking who “sang” an explanation of the real “big bang theory.”

“The Big Bang Theory” starts its seventh season in September, airing Thursday nights at 8/7c on CBS. The show’s huge ratings on Thursdays night, coupled with its high-rated repeat runs on both TBS and local TV stations via syndication, have made the series the most popular and ubiquitous comedy on American TV.