Now that he is no longer Bill Nye the Dancing Guy, the iconic kids’ TV science host can take on another job that should make some nostalgic geeks pretty happy: A gig on “The Big Bang Theory.”
Sources confirm that Nye is set to appear in a November episode of the CBS behemoth playing himself, who will work alongside Jim Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. Why? The move comes after Sheldon’s childhood hero Professor Proton (Bob Newhart) recruits Leonard for an experiment, and Shelton responds out of jealousy by spending time with the guy that the Proton character was probably based on in reality.
Nye is clearly at his highest point in fame in over a decade. “Dancing with the Stars” has turned him back into a household name, and this gig is a quick and easy way in which he can stay in the public eye and attract a wide audience. He also continues to speak at universities and fights for a number of scientific causes. Finally, we have wonder if the writers appreciate having someone on set who is actually an expert in some of these fields; while they already have a number of people they can consult with, including one of the stars in Mayim Bialik, a fresh set of eyes never hurt anyone.
“The Big Bang Theory” launched last week to massive ratings, and is the only show on TV this fall to actually top the “Breaking Bad” finale in the 18-49 demographic. Some of the stories also coming up this fall include more of Raj attempting to discover how to speak with women, a scavenger hunt (which you can see a preview for at the link here), and the return of Kate Micucci for a guest arc as Lucy, the girl who Raj was in love with at some point last year.
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