Sara Gilbert demoted on “The Big Bang Theory”

In disappointing news from the television front, EW’s Michael Ausiello has reported that out actress Sara Gilbert (Roseanne) has been demoted from regular cast member of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory to a recurring character.

In case you haven’t watched it, The Big Bang Theory about a group of brilliant but socially-inept physicists. Like most shows, it’s one that could definitely use more women in the cast.

In his column, Ausiello writes:

An insider tells me that the actress was bumped to recurring because producers weren’t able to generate enough story for her character, who had been paired romantically with Leonard (played by Gilbert’s former Roseanne co-star, Johnny Galecki). “They couldn’t write for her, so they changed her status to recurring,” whispers the insider. “It’s a little mystifying.”

Ausiello reports that Gilbert will occasionally be featured on the show because of her good long-standing relationship with the show’s executive producer, Chuck Lorre (Roseanne, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men). Hopefully, her talent has something to do with it too.

If I remember correctly, Gilbert had (and delivered with considerable zing) some of the best lines on the award-winning Roseanne during its long run, so I can’t imagine that coming up with enough "story" for her would be such a daunting task, especially for such an accomplished crew.

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