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July 15, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez
The last time a traditional, highly rated sitcom won an Emmy was in 2005, when "Everybody Loves Raymond" took home the trophy in its final season. With that multi-camera comedy's departure came the critics' declaration that sitcoms were officially dead and that in the future, niche single-camera shows like "Sex and the City" would rule comedy.
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April 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC and CBS virtually tied in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic Thursday night, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," the Gordon Ramsay chef show, fell 18% to a 1.4 in 18-49, its lowest number yet for a regularly scheduled episode. After that, the "American Idol" results show that revealed the top seven contestants garnered a 1.7, flat with last week's lowest-ever. The new comedy "Surviving Jack" was also flat, at a 1.2.  Meanwhile, it was not a good night for Greendale Community College; Pawnee, Ind.; or the Braverman family on NBC, as "Community," "Parks & Recreation" and "Parenthood" hit or tied their series lows.  PHOTOS: WGA's top 101 shows of all time "Community" slipped to a low of 0.8 in 18-49, in which a point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
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November 15, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Melissa Rauch, a.k.a. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz from "The Big Bang Theory," is showing that she's got just as much brawn as she's got brain in the latest issue of Maxim. And here she follows in costar Kaley Cuoco's 2011 footsteps ... The petite star of the Emmy-winning CBS comedy vamped it up in a dominatrix-style jumpsuit and a black bra and bustier that showed off her ample cleavage, teasing her photo spread in the December issue of the men's magazine. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities It's definitely a titillating departure from the demure dresses and classy cardigans Bernie sports as a doctorate-holding microbiologist on the hit sitcom.
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March 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season. It's the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn't need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy's ratings plays into its life extension. The Thursday series is TV's top-rated comedy among adults 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.
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January 2, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" wore a pink Vera Wang gown to marry tennis pro Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve in Santa Susana, Calif. [People] Also married on New Year's Eve were All-American Rejects' lead singer Tyson Ritter and actress Elena Satine of the Starz series "Magic City. " Satine wore a gown by Inbal Dror for the beach wedding in Seaside, Fla. [People] Kirsten Dunst is the new -- and first -- global spokescelebrity for L'Oreal Professionnel, the company announced via news release and on its Facebook page Thursday.
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November 15, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"The Big Bang Theory" was Thursday night's top program, helping to propel CBS to a ratings win. Drawing an average of nearly 18 million viewers, "Big Bang Theory" rose 4% from last week to a rating of 5.1 in the key 18-49 demographic, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  Will Arnett's "The Millers" also rose 4% to a 2.7. With a flat "Crazy Ones," a slightly rising "Two & a Half Men" and a dropping "Elementary" (down 11% week-to-week),...
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October 1, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Broadcasters spent millions of dollars promoting their new fall shows, but it was CBS' returning sitcom smash "The Big Bang Theory" that came out on top.  The comedy about the dating travails of CalTech nerds hit its all-time highest audience ever with a special episode at 8:30 p.m. Thursday that drew 20.4 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That made it the top-performing entertainment program of the week that ended Sunday, a period that saw the networks unveil many of their latest shows.
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May 22, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The critics have spoken: horror, geeks and HBO make for some good TV. The nominations for the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were announced Wednesday morning by the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. -- and FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum" and CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" lead the list of nominees tied with six, while HBO tops the networks boasting a whopping 21 nominations. Some of the usual suspects are back: Bryan Cranston and Claire Danes, best actor and actress in a drama last year, are both nominated again this year.
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June 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It was a big night for all things geek at the Critics Choice TV Awards on Monday night, with "The Big Bang Theory" taking home the award for best comedy series and HBO's lavish fantasy series "Game of Thrones" tying with AMC's "Breaking Bad" for best drama series. "Big Bang Theory" stars Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg also won awards for supporting acting. Cuoco's award was shared with Eden Sher of ABC's "The Middle. " "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston also picked up an award for best actor in a drama series, his second in a row. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times One of the biggest upsets of the evening came when Tatiana Maslany won best actress in a drama series for her role as several identical-looking women who are clones in the BBC America series, "Orphan Black.
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May 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
While most of the media attention is focused on NBC on Thursday as "The Office" comes to a close after nine seasons, CBS plans to throw a major cliffhanger at fans of "The Big Bang Theory. " According to star Simon Helberg, who revealed the sixth season finale plans in an interview with the Associated Press, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) will get a job offer to ship out to sea with Stephen Hawking's crew on a boat in the North Sea for four months. But will that mean leaving Penny (Kaley Cuoco)
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March 12, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 9-15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Chicagoland Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheers on the Blackhawks on their NHL playoff run in this new episode. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is in for a surprise when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, in this new episode.
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Today is Darwin Day, the 205th anniversary of the birth of the father of the theory of evolution. It's a scientific "holiday" that has had its evolutionary ups and downs. Five years ago, for the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of his publication of " On the Origin of Species, " celebration was robust, with Darwin Days proclaimed on dozens of college campuses, in museums and in the halls of government. Today, well, not so much. The oldest known ancestor of the holiday, pushed these days by the American Humanist Assn., arose at Salem State University in Massachusetts, in 1980, which still holds a weeklong Darwin festival.
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February 7, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
NBC carried "bonus" coverage of the Winter Olympics ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia, easily beating the other broadcast networks, though other high-rated shows including "American Idol" and "Big Bang Theory" held relatively steady against the sports competition.   Time zone-adjusted numbers haven't been released yet, but in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, the Olympics garnered an 11.8 rating (18% share of households watching TV) in prime time. That's the best broadcast metered market result for a Thursday night since NBC's coverage of the 2013 NFL kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
"Twilight" film series vampire Robert Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz home. Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the new owner. The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings maintain a vintage vibe. The 1.5-acre sloping lot, enclosed by walls, features a lagoon-style swimming pool, waterfalls and fountains.
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January 31, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ratings giants "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" on Thursday night faced off for the first time this season, resulting in declines for both, while comedy-driven CBS laughed away with a clear win. Meanwhile, NBC scored with "Saturday Night Live" clips of sports sketches.  "The Big Bang Theory" was off for the first couple of weeks of "American Idol's" 13th season. Thursday night's "Big Bang" episode drew an average of 18.9 million viewers overall, and a rating of 5.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
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January 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
CBS' comedies continued to rule Thursday night, though it looks like fans of "Community" are coming back from vacation. The NBC Dan Harmon comedy about a group of misfits at a junior college rose in the ratings from last week's premiere, according to early numbers from Nielsen. "Community" drew 3.57 million viewers and generated a rating of 1.4 in the key 18-to-49 demographic, up 8% from last week's two-episode average, which is somewhat of a feat given that last year's second episode sunk 37% from the premiere.  "Parks and Recreation" returned and jumped 40% from its last original episode more than a month ago, scoring a 1.4 in the 18-to-49 demographic.
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November 8, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been corrected. See note below
Chuck Lorre of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men" must be a demanding boss, if his sarcastic comments directed at Los Angeles workers on the 405 Freeway construction project are any indication. Lorre's "vanity cards" filled with random musings at the end of his shows have become an industry legend -- past examples were even collected into a book -- and on Thursday night's episode of "Big Bang," he outdid himself again, heaving gallons of bile toward the yellow-vested laborers on the long-lasting freeway rehab.
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January 9, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kaley Cuoco is seriously sweet on her new husband, Ryan Sweeting, thanking him profusely in her People's Choice Awards acceptance speech. Upon receiving the award for comedic TV actress, "The Big Bang Theory" star, 28, kissed her groom before proceeding to the stage to accept the "second best thing" that happened to her this year. "Oh, my God! Wow! This is such an honor, you guys," the two-time People's Choice Awards host said gleefully. PHOTOS: People's Choice Awards 2014 red carpet arrivals "I cry at everything.
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January 2, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting kicked off 2014 as husband and wife: The couple were married on New Year's Eve. "The Big Bang Theory" star, 27, and her tennis player beau, 26, rang in 2014 by tying the knot during fire-and-ice themed nuptials  at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, according to several reports.  The Spanish-style villa boasts an open-air venue draped with fabric and chandeliers. The couple's ceremony space appeared to be under a draped canopy adorned with crystals and white flower arrangements.
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