Fall TV Preview

Big Bang Theory Taps Switched at Birth Star

Katie LeClerc, one of the two young female leads of ABC Family’s freshman hit Switched at Birth, will be spending part of her hiatus hopefully striking a spark with one of the Big Bang Theory boys.

Specifically, LeClerc — who is hearing-impaired in real life — will guest-star on the CBS comedy as Emily, a friend of Penny’s who is Deaf, and as such would seem to be an ideal match for Raj, who isn’t able to speak around women anyway.

Switched at Birth Pops Out 22-Episode Pickup

Per EW.com, LeClerc will appear in the Oct. 6 episode of Big Bang, which kicks off its fifth season on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8/7c. Switched at Birth will resume its supersized freshman run in early 2012.