In a pairing that seems oddly overdue, hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" and the good folks at Lucasfilm are teaming for a Star Wars Day-themed episode to air in early May. For those of you who don't know what Star Wars Day is (and, honestly, I envy you), it's May the Fourth (like May the Fourth be with you...) and is typically celebrated by screenings, geeky fan events, and something that happens at Disney World where two people collide into each other with homemade light sabers. This is the world we live in, folks.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the episode, which is scheduled to air on May 1, is centered around what happens when "the gang gets together to celebrate the annual geek holiday, while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is guided by visions of his childhood idol and mentor, Professor Proton (Emmy winner Bob Newhart), who appears to the socially challenged genius as his own Jedi master." Bazinga! Isn't that what one of the nerds says? Bazinga!
"We were approached by the Lucasfilm people to do something to celebrate Star Wars Day, which was nice," co-creator Chuck Lorre told The Hollywood Reporter. The Disney-owned Lucasfilm then oversaw the episode, including providing visual effects from their Industrial Light & Magic effects house, in an effort to faithfully recreate the planet of Degobah (which means that Newhart must play Yoda).
While it might not be enough to lure non-"Big Bang Theory" fans to the CBS series, it should be an interesting half hour of television regardless. The promise of Bob Newhart wielding a light saber isn't exactly something that you can turn your nose up at.
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