Jim Parsons

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The one criticism of CBS’ high-rated, geek comedy The Big Bang Theory uttered most often is a pithy “I don’t get why it’s popular”—a very simple declaration of how baffling it is that a lot of people, maybe even loved ones or friends whose opinions are usually valued, actually want to use up precious minutes of their day watching a by-the-book sitcom with a distracting laugh track and an over-the-top lead character who has a grating personality disorder. Naturally, there’s a Family Guy quip that speaks to the WTF of it all: “I keep not laughing at The Big Bang Theory and I figure, it’s gotta be the television.” To clear up the confusion that those who “don’t get it” might have, you’re right, there isn’t anything revolutionary about the series—this isn’t an Arrested Development, a Girls, or a Curb Your Enthusiasm—so anyone expecting to be immediately bowled over by the writing will likely end up disappointed but, what it lacks in edginess and subtlety, it makes up for in charm. In fact, in recent years the show has primarily been charm-driven (as opposed to being comedy-driven), which—now that I think about it—may be a little bit revolutionary. Co-created by Two and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre, Big Bang is built around the insular friendship of four socially inept scientists. The degree and style of that ineptitude is sharply differentiated, varying in a typical quirky, sitcom-y fashion: Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is the libidinous one who still lives at home with […]

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Editor’s Note: This article will be updated in real time as the winners come in during the Primetime Emmys broadcast. Winners will be highlighted in bold and you can check out the winners that were already announced at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The very first Emmy Award was given to a ventriloquist named Shirley Dinsdale who worked with a puppet called Judy Splinters. Is that significant? Of course it is. That fact coupled with the design of the award itself – a woman holding an atom – represent the true heart of television’s most significant celebration: artistic inspiration, scientific technology, and wooden humanoids that only talk with a hand shoved up their back. Ponder that while you bask in the glory of the victorious. Here are the winners of the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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