The Force continues to be strong with The Big Bang Theory.
Having recently hosted visits from James Earl “Darth Vader” Jones and Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher, the hit CBS comedy will formally team with Lucasfilm to deliver a special Star Wars-themed outing featuring the return of Emmy-winning guest star Bob Newhart, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The episode, airing May 1 and titled “The Proton Transmogrification,” finds the gang celebrating Star Wars Day, which in real life takes place annually on May 4. In the installment, Sheldon’s childhood idol, Professor Proton (Newhart), appears to him as his own Jedi master.
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* Is Good Morning America — which recently added Michael Strahan to its ranks — aiming to take on Today at 9 am? The New York Daily News hears the ABC morning show wants to (eventually) add a third hour, which would push back Live! With Kelly and Michael to 10 am. An ABC rep denies the report.
* Uh-oh, is someone dying on Supernatural? Lindsey McKeon will reprise her role as Tessa the reaper on the CW series, TVLine has confirmed. The actress tweeted the news of her return, noting that fans will be “very excited” by the episode.
* Academy Award winner Martin Landau will play dad to Tony Goldwyn’s (Scandal) title character in the Lifetime movie Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs, based on the book When Men Become Gods.Follow @VladaGelman