Grab that calculator, put on your favorite superhero tee, and order some Chinese food, because the new season of The Big Bang Theory is almost here!
We're already counting down the days until we are reunited with our favorite geeky gang for their highly anticipated eight season, and now we've got something to help curb our comedic appetite. ETonline chatted with the always-amazing Mayim Bialik about what's coming up next for her delightfully off-beat character, Amy Farrah Fowler, and the rest of our brilliant Big Bang characters.
Plus, could this be the season that Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy finally speed up their romantic relationship? Read on for all the exclusive details!
Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre already spilled to us in our Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular that Penny (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) is finally throwing in the acting towel and becoming a pharmaceutical rep at Bernadette's (Melissa Rauch) company. So how is this life change going to shake-up the social hierarchy of the group?
"I think it's going to be a great opportunity to have some of that playfulness, and shifting roles in our dynamic," Bialik revealed. "I'm told that there is an opportunity for us to poke fun at her for being too studious when she's preparing for the new job in a couple of episodes and that will be really funny."
Although the Season 8 premiere will surely bring lots of laughs to the BBT fandom, Bialik teased that the second episode back has one of the most hilarious Amy-centric story-lines of the series. "The second episode has me trying to put Penny and Bernadette against each other so that I can benefit from both of their friendships," the 38-year-old actress dished. We at ETonline are in awe at just how far our Amy Farrah Fowler has her days of ordering tepid water from coffee shops…
"It's really funny," Bialik agreed of Amy's transformation from science-loving loner to BFF's with Penny and Bernadette. "Now she's manipulating both of them." Not to worry, BBT fans! Amy will still continue to be the pop-culture-challenged gal that we all know and love.
"The episode with Penny and Bernadette is just really funny because it's Amy trying to use the hip lingo of the young people. She's calling Penny on the phone and she goes, 'Can I get a what what?'" Bialik spilled with a laugh. "It's just the nerdiest thing ever and she clearly has no idea what she's doing. It's just very cute."
And speaking of cute, it's time to get our Shamy update! Over the past four years, Sheldon and Amy have progressed slowly but surely as a couple, and despite their snails' pace, their relationship has become a fan favorite pairing. So will this be the year of full speed ahead romance? Mayim says: Not so fast!
"I think taking it slow is something that is really really sweet, and I think the Amy and Sheldon relationship really proves that there is someone for everyone," she said. "There are really no rules for how quickly or reasonably a relationship should progress and I'd like to see more of that."
Additionally, Bialik revealed that she is thrilled that The Big Bang Theory is featuring a relationship that is unlike any other. "I think it's really great that we can break some of those boundaries of what people think relationships are supposed to be—especially on television," she said. "Name me another couple that has been this committed and intimate without having sex, I think it's something that is really sweet." And on that note, the BBT star spilled that she is in "no hurry" for Amy and Sheldon to have coitus. (Sorry, Shamy fans!)
With The Big Bang Theory finally in the full swing of production, (there was a brief delay due to some salary negotiations that ended up in a big payoff) Bialik now has many different hats that she must switch between. In addition to dazzling fans with her impeccable comedic timing on the smash CBS series, Bialik is also the host of new Candid Camera reboot and the brand ambassador for Texas Instruments calculators.
The real-life neuroscientist explained that she is currently on a mission, along with her favorite TI calculator, to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math. "This year our back to school campaign is really trying to tap into the vernacular that kids and teenagers are already speaking which is apparently in the form of selfies," Bialik said of the pop-culture craze.
"So I posted mine and that's the contest, to win a video chat and technology for your classroom by submitting your most creative and best selfie." Fans can continue to post their own Texas Instruments calculator pics in the "Express Your Selfie" contest until Sept. 21 for a chance to win the top prize.
Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory premieres Monday Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.