Long before we see Carrie Fisher reprise the most famous role of her career, as a certain Princess from Alderaan in Star Wars: Episode VII, we’ll have a chance to see her on the small screen. She’ll appear on FXX’s comedy Legit, which I had actually totally forgotten even existed, and the hit CBS’s sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which I just try to ignore. On this last adventure, she’ll be accompanied by another veteran of that far, far away galaxy, the voice of Darth Vader himself, and current shil for the cell phone companies, James Earl Jones.
According to TV Guide, the 57-year-old actress is scheduled to appear on Legit sometime later this season. Fisher will play tough as nails executive Angela Greenberg, who meets with Jim (Jim Jeffries) about developing his comedy routine into something bigger. She calls her character a “crass and confident showbiz woman who knows what she wants and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.” In this particular situation, what she wants just so happens to be Jim, and not because he’s particularly funny or gifted in comedy. Fisher says, “She’s interested in him sexually and gets what she wants.”
It’s good that Fisher is getting work, she doesn’t pop up nearly as much as it seems like she should, but aside from the name and star of Legit, I don’t know much about it. Keep you eyes and ears out for a solid date for this episode so we can all tune in and watch Princess Leia sexually harass an Australian comedian. That sounds like a good time.
Over on CBS The Big Bang Theory wears its geek badge proudly. The main characters are all nerdy scientists and have even ventured to Star Trek conventions in episodes. As the show’s popularity has increased, so has its profile, and they are no strangers to awesome cameos. Leonard Nimoy has stopped by, so have Summer Glau, Katee Sackhoff, George Takei, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astronaut Mike Massimino, and a ton more. Hell, Stephen Hawking even appeared on an episode.
Still, scoring Carrie Fisher and James Earl Jones, in the same episode no less, is a hell of a score. Their episode will air on January 30, and the plot centers around the fact that the gang, for the first time ever, is unable to procure tickets to Comic Con. Sheldon (Jim Parsons) decides to hell with this noise, and tries to start his own competing convention, but he needs some big time juice to make anyone notice. He sets his sights on Jones and stalks him in, what I imagine, is in a socially awkward manner.
There’s no word on Fisher’s role, but one executive producer calls it an “interesting” cameo. What that means, we’ll have to wait until the end of the month to see. I would also be willing to bet that someone in the cast winds up in a Princess Leia bikini before the end of the episode.