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The Big Bang Theory at Comic-Con: What Long Distance Relationship?!?

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At Comic-Con today, I sat with the funniest group of actors to portray a group of nerds since, well, ever. I was fortunate enough to sit down with the producers and each of the primary cast members of The Big Bang Theory, including relative newcomers Mayim Balik and Melissa Rauch.

Our round table adventure began with two of the show's producers, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, who were ridiculously vague on Raj and Penny's bedroom adventures. The best they could offer? "Whichever side the fans were on what happened, they'll be happy with how it resolves."

The Big Bang Theory Cast at Comic-Con

We can tell you, though, from subtle hints: it seems like the two did NOT sleep together.

Prady, however, had no problem letting it slip that "Leonard will move back in with Sheldon. That living arrangement fell apart when Pryia moved back to India." Wait, what? When did that happen? 

Molaro quickly chimed in to remind his fellow producer those events haven't actually taken place, but not before Prady teased a long distance relationship between Leonard and Prya.

What guest stars will return? "Christine Baransky is absolutely coming back," Prady said. "We certainly hope Laurie Metcalf will be back. And at some point we'd love to see Will Wheaton."

He then retold a story about how they only use guest stars when they actually fit a story. While recounting Wheaton's appearance in the Indian Jones film-stealing adventure, Molaro revealed the inspiration for the story: Mythbusters' Adam Savage's real-life Star Trek-related adventure.

The duo also teased problems that Leonard's long-distance relationship and the sexual tension of living across the hall from Penny certainly will lead to some drama. But most surprising?  

Prady said the show was written with no overall arc; it's penned episode-to-episode.

And, of course, as TV Fanatic's programmer, I couldn't help but compliment the guys on their accurate programming during the iPhone app episode. How did they get such accurate code? "We hired a programmer that coded in [Objective-C] and I knew exactly what I wanted on the board and I said, 'give me this.'"

Despite being rushed through, Prady stood by the philosophy "if you know the discipline, we want it to be accurate." Coming up next? Insight from my chat with Kaley Cuoco. Stay tuned!

Eric Hochberger is the programmer of TV Fanatic, so please forgive his mediocre writing. His programming is far better. Follow him on Twitter and/or email him. Just don't request threaded comments. They're coming.

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Hochberger

@ lillian - Whoops! Fixed that typo. Don't worry, I got it right during the interview and have a fun surprise from hers when we get there. She was great.

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Get the name right! Its MELISSA RAUCH not MICHELLE RAUCH....

Gaby ee

This show is amazing! I can't wait for the new episodes to come. And I'm so relieved Raj and Penny didn't sleep together. I want Leonard and Penny back together!

Uncle jackass

@ChynnaBlue, Personally I don't blame the producers of the show for their lack of foresight and plot arcs as most shows these days ran on a short time frame to write, produce, and film the episodes. We've been told time and time again that shows like Two & and Men, House, and even Big Bang Theory that they write only for episode to episode. The only exception is the case of Joss Whedon or J.J Adams who both have a tendency to write months in advance for a show. I kind-of learned from watching the show "Lost" that asking too many questions can be in itself the wrong path.

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I think I would have been more surprised if the show did have a planned arc instead of being written episode by episode.

TBBT Quotes

Penny: Here's a question-- as an alien pretending to be human, are you planning to engage in any post-prom mating rituals with Amy?
Sheldon: There are post-prom mating rituals?
Penny: Not always. Unless your date drives a van with an air mattress, then always.
Sheldon: Well, if it's part of the prom experience, then I'm open to it.
Penny: You're kidding.
Sheldon: I may be an alien, but I have urges.If Amy wants to copulate by firing her eggs into space, well, then, I will happily catch them with the reproductive sac on my upper flermin. I'm not the best at reading facial cues, but I can see that you're a little turned on.

Sheldon: Ugh! English pudding. Y-You get yourself all excited for pudding, and here comes a cake with raisins in it. I'm not going.
Amy: You're going.
Sheldon: Why do you hate me?
Amy: I don't hate you. I love you.
Sheldon: Well, you call it love, but it has a lot of raisins in it.