Celebrity Jews: Big Bang, New Girl, SVU And RBG
REALLY BIG BANG
The season finale of The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS on Thursday, May 10, at 8 p.m. It features the highly anticipated wedding of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) to Amy (played by everybody’s favorite Jewish celeb, Mayim Bialik). Of course, the whole regular cast will be in the episode (the Jewish members — Simon Helberg, 37, as Howard; Melissa Rauch, 37, as Bernadette; Kevin Sussman, 47, as Stuart). It’s unclear as of press time whether June Squibb, 88, who has guest starred as Sheldon’s grandma or “Meemaw,” will be in the finale.
Mark Hamill, 66, the Star Wars star, has an “undefined” role in the episode. Bialik, 42, went bananas a couple of weeks ago when she met Hamill for the first time. She shared her reaction with her 2.6 million Instagram followers: “He shook my hand. I can’t handle it … It was amazing.”
The last (ever) episode of New Girl, the hit Fox series, will air on Tuesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. This special one-hour episode will be set three years ahead from the previous episode and catch us up with changes in the lives of the main characters. Suffice it to say that all the main characters are happy, including Jess (played by series’ title star Zooey Deschanel) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield, 37). Guest stars include Rob Reiner, 71, and Jamie Lee Curtis, 59, as Jess’ parents and Zoe Lister-Jones, 35, as Schmidt’s former paramour, Fawn Moscato.
In 2015, Deschanel wed a Jewish guy in what the press described as a “secret ceremony” and they now have two kids. US Weekly said she converted to Judaism before the wedding, but didn’t provide any details. This 2015 story has been repeated all over the internet, but there’s been no confirmation since 2015.
Hal Linden, 87, will guest-star in an episode of Law & Order: SVU that will air on Wednesday, May 16, at 9 p.m. A rape claim is made by a woman living in an assisted living facility. She has Alzheimer’s and her mental state brings her allegation into question. Linden plays a mysterious man from her past.
Linden, who was the star of the hit series Barney Miller, was recently honored by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival with a major award. Shown at the festival was his new indie film, The Samuel Project. Linden plays a German Jewish refugee who tells his grandson about the Holocaust. Linden has been a spokesman for the Jewish National Fund for 20 years.
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AT THE MOVIES
Opening May 11 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township is the documentary RBG, about the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. While Ginsburg has become a pop culture icon in some quarters, relatively few know about the tremendous legal legacy she created even before she joined the court or the details of her personal life. RBG explores how through “pure grit” and the support of a great husband, she was able to balance being a wife, mother, law professor, groundbreaking litigator and judge. (Playing one week only.)