Jim Parsons Misunderstood His Agent
Before The Big Bang Theory became a show audiences know and love, and before Jim Parsons became a household name, the actor misunderstood exactly who was calling him to come audition for the show.
When Parsons’ agent called to see if he was interested in auditioning for a new pilot, the actor misunderstood who the audition was for. Instead of Chuck Lorre, who he know adores, he thought the audition was with Chuck Woolery.
Woolery is a famous game show host who has worked on shows like Wheel of Fortune, Love Connection, Scrabble, The Dating Game, and more.
Jim Parsons Tells Letterman Misunderstanding
“I did not know Chuck Lorre at the time,” Parsons told David Letterman in 2014. “I thought he was talking about Chuck Woolery. I thought, why are they so excited about it? We should see what the man has to offer before we’re like, ‘It’s a new Chuck Woolery pilot!'”
The original pilot was revealed to be called Lenny, Penny, and Kenny, and featured a different actress than Kaley Cuoco. CBS turned down the first pitch and pilot, but they felt the series had potential.
Chuck Lorre didn’t like the initial pilot, which can now only be seen on the first season DVD.
The Untraditional Pitch For The Show
The story behind the pitch is also interesting:
“Instead of writing up a premise—which includes outlines of the characters and the long-term vision for the show—and pitching it to CBS, co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady revealed at PaleyFest in 2009 that for their pitch, they wrote a complete script, hired actors, and, as Lorre explained, “put on a show” for CBS president Les Moonves. Lorre found the experience to be “crazy,” but it obviously worked.”
Aren’t you glad they gave this crazy idea a shot?