TONIGHT: Big Bang Theory has extra Buzz

Buzz Aldrin hands out Mars bars, right? Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

You may have noticed that CTV has somewhat morphed into The Big Bang Theory Network. The CBS comedy is stripped nightly on CTV at 7:30, is by far Canada’s most watched show Thursday at 8 and often gets plugged into the schedule as an all purpose fix. Counting its regular marathon airings on the Comedy Network and new Saturday Night airings, it gets more exposure here now than hockey.
Tonight’s episode is “The Holographic Excitation” and look for astronaut Buzz Aldrin (above) to guest star as himself. That’s one small step for an astronaut, one giant leap for the Screen Actor’s Guild.
Should be a giant leap  in the ratings, too, for CTV. Look for the episode to approach the four million mark.
Aldrin is part of The Big Bang Theory‘s annual Halloween episode. Tonight we also find Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) dressed as a big blue Smurf along with lady love Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). That sounds about right.
The Office (guest star Stephen Colbert) presents one last Halloween episode; see Ed Helms talk about it here. Parks & Recreation (with Lucy Lawless) also airs a Halloween themed episodes tonight, Modern Family had their annual spooktacular last night. Go On (with guest star former Toronto  Raptor Chris Bosh) and The New Normal (with George Takei!) shell out their trick or treat episode next Tuesday on NBC. Nice that the networks do not schedule these way in advance of the occasion the way they do for Christmas.
Friday brings the one and only airing of Mockingbird Lane (right), an update of the classic ’60s sitcom The Munsters. The new NBC effort stars Portia De Rossi as Lily, Jerry O’Connell as Herman (?) and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. It’s from the folks behind Pushing Daisies, so it should look good at least. But try and replace Yvonne De Carlo, Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis? Monstrous.

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