‘The Big Bang Theory,’ Helping Physics and Fiction Collide

big_bang_2013It may seem improbable that a network sitcom could revolve around the lives and loves of a group of scientists at the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech. But “The Big Bang Theory,” which begins its seventh season Sept. 26 on CBS, is one of the most popular comedies on television.

Part of its success might lie in the fact that one of its executive producers and script writers, Eric Kaplan, knows comedy and academia. His résumé includes not only “The Simpsons” and “The Late Show With David Letterman,” but also Harvard and a Ph.D. program — never completed — at the University of California, Berkeley.

We spoke with Mr. Kaplan, 46, for two hours in Boston and again by telephone. A condensed, edited version of the two conversations follows.



Source: NY Times