The Big Bang Theory’s roster of outstanding guest stars is about to be turned upside down. It’s true: Stephen Hawking, world-renowned physicist and cosmologist, is joining the cast for a special appearance on April 5, 2012. For a show that has managed to acquire top-notch talent in the past (note: Wil Wheaton, Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf and LeVar Burton, to name a few), securing Hawking is the icing on the cake. ‘When people would ask us who a ‘ėdream guest star’for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking ó knowing that was a long shot of astronomical proportions’notes The Big Bang Theory’s Executive Producer, Bill Prady. ‘In fact, we’re not exactly sure how we got him. It’s the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, Stephen Hawking.’
For fans of The Big Bang Theory, Hawking’s cameo is just one more thing to add to the show’s equation for success. Even the brilliant Sheldon Cooper couldn’t have predicted Hawking’s eventual appearance in Pasadena, so how will our four favourite scientists handle the big news?
Let’s face it, these boys aren’t smooth when it comes to, well, most things, so meeting Stephen Hawking will probably be more awkward than listening to Howard and Bernadette singing ‘I Got You Babe’during a road trip. Fingers crossed they pull it together enough (or at least have a stash of paper bags for hyperventilation emergencies) to make the most of their time with their real-life hero. While CBS notes that Hawking will be paying a workplace visit to Sheldon, you can bet word of his arrival will spread like wildfire through the University, with Leonard, Raj and Howard being first on the scene.
What can the rest of us do to prepare? May we suggest reading (re-reading, downloading an audio version or Googling) A Brief History of Time, A Briefer History of Time, The Theory of Everything and The Universe in a Nutshell? If none of these options strike your fancy, there’s probably nothing better left to do but start a countdown to April 5. Think of it as your mission, should you choose to accept it ó let the force be with you.
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