Big Bang Theory's Bernadette and Howard get snubbed and discounted on official merch site
While Howard's standalone cutout is not available on CBS merch site, Bernadette's costs much less than the other main characters
'The Big Bang Theory' has found itself in some troubled waters as fans pointed out how the characters of Bernadette and Howard have been snubbed on the official merch site.
The CBS network has on sale special collectible cardboard standees, which are available for all the characters except for Howard (Simon Helberg). Howard is only featured in the group shot cut-out and does not have a separate individual cut-out. On the other hand, Howard's on-screen wife Bernadette's (Melissa Raunch) cardboard standee costs much less ($34.99) than the rest of the cast -- Penny, Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, and Amy, who all cost the same amount ($39.99)
These snubs and discounts on the merchandise were picked up by eagle-eyed Reddit members who quipped that the cutout of Bernadette cost less for "not needing as much cardboard" as the others. One commented that the price was less as it wasn't selling as much as the other cut outs.
The popular show which made history as TV's longest-running sitcom is only a couple of episodes away from its series finale, and the show will be sticking to the more traditional sitcom ending.
According to director Mark Cedrowski, who spoke at a panel at Deadline's 'The Contenders Emmys', "I will say the one thing about how they've approached the whole season: When we learned that this was to be the last season...writers have approached it, not so much as the show is wrapping up and we'll never see them again and the finality of it all. It's going to be the last episode and it's going to end, but people's lives still go on."
"The characters will be giving the idea that their lives continue on. It's not going to be an atomic bomb where things blow up and you never see anybody again," he added.
While speaking at the same event, Raunch opened up on what she will miss most about the show and said, "I’m going to miss the most that Bernadette has been a few steps ahead of me in life. She was a mother before I was. She had to re-enter the workplace as a mother before I did, too. I’ve been able to do this bit of dress rehearsal, in Bernadette’s shoes, before I actually experience everything."
Kaley Cuoco who plays Penny spoke to E!News and revealed that the series finale will be shot a bit differently from the rest of the episodes so far.
"We're actually going to re-shoot the whole thing, so we'll have shot it, and then we will have an audience taping. That was probably because they knew I'd be crying the entire time. So we still want the audience experience...so we're gonna still do the audience, but we will have taped it and shot it beforehand, so if the tears come unexpectedly, then that's just what's going to happen because I guarantee you it's going to happen," she said.
The last episode of 'Big Bang Theory' will be airing on CBS on May 16.