I’m gushing with Emmy Awards excitement. “The Big Bang Theory,” Jim Parsons, and the clever addition to BBT, Mayim Bialik, snapped up Emmy nominations. My shameless love for the “geek culture” CBS sitcom grew tenfold when Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) joined the nerdtastic cast of actors who play the roles of CalTech scientists.
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC on September 23, at 8 pm ET. I’m confident “The Big Bang Theory” will take away some awards. Even if geek culture isn’t your thing the show is engagingly unique and a mega-hit. Its fan base grew to over 16 million viewers by the end of the last season.
The show also received Emmy nominations for “The Countdown Reflections” in technical direction, camerawork, and video control for a series; and multi-camera picture editing.
Cheering For Mayim Bialik
Perhaps Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) will collect his third back-to-back lead actor Emmy: it’s a justified honor he may easily capture. I’m seriously rooting for Bialik, though. Love or hate her neurobiologist character; she dominates her role on the show.
I’ll be ecstatic if Bialik glides away with her first ever, indisputably deserved Emmy, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.
I think Bialik embodies Amy’s brainy temperament. Off camera, she earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007. Although she was accepted at Harvard and Yale, she pursued studies at UCLA.
I’m not implying that Bialik is a nerd because she’s well educated: she simply has an intellectual background that likely helps her to breathe life into the rigid Amy.
Mayim/Amy and Science Clash
Does the ’90s “Blossom” star have any science-related critics? I found a lengthy post on ScienceBlogs titled, “Say it ain’t so, Amy Farrah Fowler!” It’s written by a “surgeon/scientist” who’s quite critical of Bialik. This person believes Bialik’s degree in neuroscience, and her TV role as Amy the scientist, is in blatant contrast to her true life.
Bialik takes part in and supports attachment parenting. She’s also the celebrity spokesperson for Holistic Moms Network.
The blog post states, “While a case for attachment parenting might be made, there is no doubt that Bialik subscribes to a lot of non-science-based ideas in that she is clearly antivaccine, lives a crunchy faux “natural” lifestyle, and believes in homeopathy. How a PhD scientist can believe in homeopathy remains, of course, beyond me.”
Um, how she chooses to live her life or mother her two sons is no one’s business.
Focus of the Nomination
For me, this Emmy Award nomination isn’t about any undying adoration I have for Mayim Bialik; it’s about the sincere recognition Bialik warrants for her instinctive and hysterical portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler.
In A Nutshell
“The Big Bang Theory” introduced Bialik in the season 3 finale. Sheldon Cooper, famous for his asexual mind-set, unfeelingly referred to the doctor as his “friend who is not his girlfriend.” From the perspective of a devout fan, Bialik made an instant impact on the show.
Now as a regular, she continues to reinforce, grow, and soften Amy’s once unbending, educated-in-the-extreme character.
Amy’s endless struggle to expand her relationship with Sheldon keeps me ever hopeful. If Sheldon would shed his icy emotions; he’d realize the pair is a match made in heaven.
Amy’s burning wish to be the hip neighbor Penny’s (Kaley Cuoco) “bestie” is one step away from being one of the show’s highlights.
One of my favorite exchanges between Penny and Amy came in season 4 episode 8, “The 21-Second Excitation.”
Penny said, “You know Amy, when we say we’re having girl talk, it doesn’t mean that we just have to talk about our ladyparts.” In her female android/Sheldon-like manner, Amy responded, “That’s a shame. I had a real zinger about my tilted uterus.”
My Tiara, Please
What I’d love to see: Mayim Bialik lands an Emmy Award in September; Jim Parsons crowns Bialik with the renowned tiara he bought her in season 5 episode 12, “The Shiny Trinket Maneuver.” Perfect!