Recently it was revealed that Star Trek TNG’s Wil Wheaton will be returning to the CBS hit geek comedy Big Bang Theory, but could Leonard Nimoy be next? If the show’s producers have their way, we could see Sheldon meet his hero, the original Spock.
Sheldon to meet Spock Prime?
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Big Bang Theory executive producer Bill Prady plans to approach Leonard Nimoy about doing a cameo early next season. Prady goes on to say:
“We’ll probably make a general inquiry. And if there’s enough interest, we’ll develop a story. The fans have said that’s the dream get, and we agree.” [more at EW]
Leonard Nimoy and Spock have been referenced multiple times on the nerdy comedy about scientists at CalTech. Last season the show’s breakout (and socially inept) character Sheldon got the ultimate Christmas gift, a Napkin used and signed by Nimoy. Nimoy didn’t actually appear, but they did get the actor to to sign a napkin, which was later auctioned for charity (see clip).
In the last episode of The Big Bang Theory ("The Excelsior Acquisition"), Sheldon revealed that Leonard Nimoy had a restraining order out against him (which he had framed) [see clip at YouTube]. So if Nimoy and Sheldon are not allowed near each-other, might Sheldon actually make good on his plan and clone Nimoy? According to Prady, that is something that may be going to far for Sheldon’s capability.
Has Nimoy declined before?
According to EW, Nimoy declined an invitation to appear on the show during the second season. However, in this video from the Toronto Fan Expo six months ago, Nimoy says he was never invited to join, only that they wanted him to sign a napkin.