Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard's girlfriend (later his wife), a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after being matched to Sheldon on a dating website (and later becomes Sheldon's girlfriend), and Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit. In February 2014, CBS CEO Les Moonves confirmed an eighth season, when announcing the first half of the new season would air on a different night, due to CBS acquiring the rights to Thursday Night Football games. The show will return to its Thursday slot it has held for the past few seasons once the football games end. In March 2014, CBS once again renewed the show for three additional years, through the 2016–17 television season. Production
"The Big Bang Theory" (2007)Physics Popular Because ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Made it “Cool”18 November '11, 02:01pm Follow Here’s a random bit of trivia for you: physics is a really tough field of science that most students usually shy away from when choosing majors. Becoming a physical scientist—or any sort of scientist, really—or an engineer requires years of meticulous studying and being really good at it. But if data from The Guardian is to be believed, physics is becoming more popular among A-level and university students in the UK because—get this—The Big Bang Theory has made it cool again! We suppose it should not come as a complete surprise that people’s choices in life are based on the stuff they watch on TV, but it still amazes us that a comedy show about two bumbling physicists can get students more interested in the subject. According to the publication, there was a 10% increase in university acceptance numbers for physics courses when the show first started airing in the UK in 2008–09.