Big Bang Theory And Community Are Packed With Sci-Fi Cameos: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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Tonight’s a big one for sci-fi-related cameos. On CBS’ Big Bang Theory, not one but two Star Wars celebs will be visiting the show’s geeky realm. Tonight’s episode, “The Convention Conundrum,” has Sheldon annoyed that he couldn’t get tickets to next summer’s Comic-Con. Rather than just pouting about it, he decides to create his own convention, and somehow both Princess Leia and the voice of Darth Vader get involved. James Earl Jones will be playing himself, with Sheldon approaching the actor at a restaurant and winding up having crazy night with him. Here’s a clip.

There’s no word what Carrie Fisher’s role will involve, but based on that picture up top, we’re guessing she’s playing a fictionalized version of herself who isn’t happy when Sheldon and James Earl Jones show up on her doorstep in the middle of the night. The Big Bang Theory airs tonight at 8/7c on CBS.

And then there’s NBC’s cult favorite Community, which will be introducing Captain Tightpants himself, Nathan Fillion, as Greendale’s head custodian. I have no doubt he’ll clean up that campus but good. Fillion isn’t the only familiar face turning up on tonight’s Community either. Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks (“Mike Ehrmantraut”) will be playing a Greendale professor and Terminator 2/X-Files actor Robert Patrick will be playing Greendale’s head of parking. If he doesn’t ask somebody if they’re the legal guardian of John Connor, I’m going to be very disappointed.

Community’s latest episode, “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking,” airs tonight at 8/7c.