Part two of a Comic-Con roundtable discussion with The Big Bang Theory's co-creator and executive producer Bill Prady. To rewind back to the beginning, read part one.
The episode that Summer Glau guest starred in — how did you get her on board? Is it that you filmed on the same lot as Terminator?
It was like three things that happened simultaneously. One is we did film on the same lot and so we saw her and were all very fanboy about it, we’d got “Heads up, Summer Glau. She’s really cool, really pretty.” But we had a story forever that we were talking about, what if the guys met a sci-fi goddess? Out of our list of ideas it was always called “Sci-Fi Goddess.” And then during the writers' strike, I pitched it with Josh Friedman, who is the creator and showrunner of The Sarah Conner Chronicles. It was those three things and we then started talking about it. They kept saying there’s no way to make the schedule work and I called him and said, “No, we've got to do this, it would be really cool.” We actually shot the episode in section three film so that we could get her in and out in a day. We did it while they were shooting what sadly became the series finale for the Sarah Conner Chronicles.
Are there any plans to bring on any sci-fi gods, or more goddesses?
We try to look at these things to come up organically.
Speaking of comics, I noticed in the beginning of the show, in the first season, the only superheroes referenced were DC Comics.
Okay, so people talk about this. There are two things here. One is I’m a DC comics guy and my big argument on the staff is with Steve Molaro, co-EVP, who's a big Marvel comics guy. And then I won, because I outrank him. But we’re doing a lot more Marvel stuff. We were writing a long-running dialogue about Wolverine and whether or not he was born with bone claws. I was just talking with Len Wein (creator of Wolverine) and he was, so I got it right.
It’s easier to clear DC stuff because DC is Warner Brothers. But it’s not impossible to clear Marvel stuff. We’ve used Marvel characters and stuff like that.