Peck will feature as the owner of a rival comic-book store to Sussman’s faded haunt, which has been, at least till now, the favorite hangout of the Big Bang’s geeky stars, Leonard, Howard, Sheldon and Raj.
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If it’s one thing that the creators of the award winning TV comedy series The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady know how to do is to add some fresh faces to pep up the story lines.
They are about to do so once again by bringing in the fresh face of one of Hollywood’s rising stars, Josh Peck to steal even more of the thunder from Kevin Sussman, who plays Stuart Bloom, the owner of the The Comic Center of Pasadena, a geek’s paradise.
Towards the end of season Seven, Bloom (Sussman) has been making regular appearances in the role of sidekick to Raj yet never succeeding in breaking out of his mold as the perennial wallflower, who constantly complains about his lack of cash.
Bloom’s slightly expanded self confidence is about to be once again seriously deflated in the next episode, The Occupation Recalibration, to be shown in early January. His bubble is burst when Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz ( Melissa Rauch) by chance comes across a rival comic book store, which is a complete antithesis of Stewart’s. In other words, the owner, played by Peck is both good looking and has a positive and engaging personality, and the store is packed with customers— and none of them are geeks.
At the moment, the producers are keeping tight lipped on whether the rival comedy store and Josh Peck’s appearance is destined to be just be a one-off, or whether the rivalry between the two will become a permanent feature.
Josh Peck first caught the public’s attention when took the role of Josh Nichols in the live-action sitcom Drake & Josh, although his television debut came much earlier as a child actor role on The Amanda Show in the late Nineteen Nighties. Josh has appeared in a number of films including ATM, Drillbit Taylor Mean Creek, The Wackness and Red Dawn. During 2013, Josh kept himself busy working behind the scenes, voicing Casey Jones in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
Kevin Sussman graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Best known for his recurring roles as “Stuart Bloom” on The Big Bang Theory as well as “Walter” in the comedy-drama Ugly Betty. Despite his affinity for playing anonymous roles, Kevin has appeared in 24 feature films over the last twenty years as well as a number of TV series.