‘The Big Bang Theory’ Showrunners Talk Season 9 On Comic-Con Panel

The Big Bang Theory is set to start its ninth season in September, and fans will learn in the premiere episode what Sheldon planned to do with that ring in his desk. As viewers recall, the eight season ended with a Skype conversation between Sheldon and Amy, during which she said she needed to take some time to think about their relationship. After they hung up, Sheldon revealed he had a ring stashed away in his desk.

During the Big Bang Theory panel at Comic-Con Friday, the show’s writers said Sheldon’s intentions will become clear as soon as the new season gets started. Showrunner Steven Molaro didn’t offer any spoilers about the specifics, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, was a surprise guest on the panel. In addition to doing a reading with Kunal Nayyar of a piece of “fan fiction,” Bialik revealed that the love scenes between herself and Jim Parsons are carefully orchestrated.

“Whenever Sheldon and Amy have intimacy, it’s usually very specific. It’s very gently placed.

“For everything we do that’s intimate, it’s very crafted. We’re never cavalier about that.”

As for that “fan fiction,” it was actually written by the Big Bang Theory scribes and was a take off of Fifty Shades of Grey — Fifty Shades of Brown featured Raj trying to romance Amy.

Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar of 'The Big Bang Theory'
Mayim Bialik and Kunal Nayyar of 'The Big Bang Theory' at San Diego Comic-Con July 10, 2015 (Ethan Miller / Getty Images Entertainment)

As for the season’s other cliffhangers — specifically Leonard and Penny running off to get married, Raj unable to break it off with Emily, and Howard and Bernadette trying to get rid of their unwanted house guest, Stuart — the showrunners were mum.

They did reveal there would be a tie-in with Ghostbusters, which Bill Murray actually had a hand in securing. Big Bang Theory producers at first had trouble getting the rights to a clip from the original film. They called on Joel Murray, who called his brother Bill, who called studio executives.

There is a Ghostbusters reboot, with a new all-female cast, scheduled for release next summer.

The panel also gave some tidbits about last year’s episodes. Simon Helberg had to do his famous Stephen Hawking impression in front of the scientist, and Nayyar told the panel Hawking was “smiling.” The episode on drones was based on an incident in executive producer Chuck Lorre’s own life, when he was gifted a drone and it was broken.

The show brought in an expert on drones to solve the issue, and Nayyar offered his opinion on the lad.

“He was 17 years old. We’ve had a lot of stars on our show, and this guy was the biggest diva!”

The Big Bang Theory season 9 premieres Monday, September 21, on CBS.

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