- - Tuesday, March 13, 2012

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” can check off landing another guest star perfectly suited to the nerdy comedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will guest star on the April 5 episode of the geeky comedy, the network announced Monday.

The renowned scientist has been a frequent target for the show about four lovable nerds, with the Chuck Lorre-Bill Prady series first making a nod to the guys’ hero worship of Mr. Hawking in the pilot.

“When people would ask us who a ‘dream guest star’ for the show would be, we would always joke and say Stephen Hawking - knowing that it was a long shot of astronomical proportions,” Mr. Prady said in a statement announcing the news. “In fact, we’re not exactly sure how we got him. It’s the kind of mystery that could only be understood by, say, a Stephen Hawking.”

But Mr. Hawking isn’t the only dream guest star the series has lined up. The show will welcome Leonard Nimoy - another famed hero of Jim Parsons’ Sheldon - to its ranks for a March 29 guest gig in which the voice of Spock comes to Sheldon in his dreams.

‘Homeland’ heads to Israel for part of second season

The hit TV series “Homeland” is heading home - to Israel.

According to the Associated Press, Showtime says its Golden Globe-winning thriller, which is adapted from the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War,” will film part of its second season in Israel.

The show tells the story of an American soldier released from captivity and a CIA officer who suspects him of being an al Qaeda turncoat.

The network said the second season of “Homeland” will premiere Sept. 30.

Small parts of the first season also were shot in Israel. Showtime spokeswoman Chloe Comins said Tuesday that most of the second season will again be shot in Charlotte, N.C.

Sutherland lured back to TV with ‘Touch’

Kiefer Sutherland acknowledges he had no intention of going back to television after the action-packed “24” ended - but that all changed when he read the script for “Touch.”

The actor was starring on Broadway in a play called “That Championship Season” when he was approached with the script for the science-fiction drama.

He was ready to dismiss “Touch” until he found out “Heroes” writer Tim Kring was behind it and Peter Chernin, the head of 20th Century Fox when Mr. Sutherland started “24,” was producing it.

“I felt I should read it, kind of out of respect to both of those gentlemen,” Mr. Sutherland said.

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