The Big Bang Theory
Bill Prady is an Emmy virgin and that's just fine with him.
The Big Bang Theory received its first nomination for comedy series Thursday, but the showrunner/executive producer has no clue which six episodes the show has submitted for the academy to review.
"I just got here, so I have no idea what the rules are. I'm learning about this from you right now!" he tells TVGuide.com. "I've never done this before. I'm going to assume that somebody knows. I'm going to say there's a high-place committee that has been working diligently on this. I'm just happy to be here. To be invited to a party like this is fantastic."
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Prady says he had no expectations for a nomination and did not watch the announcement. Warner Bros. TV executive Peter Roth called him at 6 a.m. to deliver the news. "And then because I was up, I went to the kitchen to make coffee and my 4-year-old son was very angry that I woke him," he says.
The CBS hit received five nominations, including dueling lead actor nominations for defending champ Jim Parsons
and first-timer Johnny Galecki
. While Prady is "really, really happy" for his nominated stars, he is most proud of the fact that his traditional four-camera comedy made the cut among a sea of single-camera shows. "That's a great, All-American art form, one of the few art forms besides jazz that you can point to and say was truly invented in America," he says. "It's great to see a traditional comedy honored in this group with some fantastic shows."
If Big Bang
were to win, it would be the first multi-camera sitcom to triumph since Everybody Loves Raymond
took home its second Best Comedy Series trophy in 2005. But Prady is "absolutely not" thinking about winning — for now anyway. "It's kind of a depressing mood to move from the joy of the nomination to then handicapping your odds of winning. That's stealing anxiety from the jaws of happiness!"
Instead, he's turning his attention to the show's upcoming fifth season, which he and the writers have just started working on. The big question, of course, is what's to come of Penny (Kaley Cuoco
), Raj (Kunal Nayyar
) and Leonard (Galecki) after Leonard watched his ex do the Walk of Shame following her drunken night with Raj in the finale?
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"The way we move off the season finale is something that, regardless of how you felt about the finale, you will be satisfied with how the characters respond to the events. Honestly, I don't remember exactly when everyone finds out, but there will be repercussions and some of them will need to be addressed right away," Prady says, adding that the long-distance relationship of Leonard and Priya (Aarti Mann) will further complicate matters. "They'll have to negotiate their way forward if
they want to move forward. Life doesn't always offer you the perfect choices and they'll have to deal with that."
Season 5's other big arc is the pending nuptials of Howard (Simon Helberg
) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch
) — emphasis on "pending." Though the couple "totally intend" to wed, Prady cannot promise that they will make it down the aisle.
"I can't guarantee 100 percent they will get married, but I'm strongly rooting for them," he says. "Right now, I think they will, but that could change next week. One of the fun things of this show is that you could discover they're not going to. We've talked about it a few ways, but it depends on how much fun there is in the wedding planning and I think we'll decide after that plays out. We're in the very early stages now, but we know there will be a lot of challenges. You've got Howard's mom to deal with, of course, and how he's going to move out of her house. We haven't talked about it yet, but at some point, he's going to meet her parents. It's not going to be smooth. But I think it would be truly sad if they didn't get married."