ByCraig Whyel, writer at Creators.co
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Craig Whyel

You’d think it was a daily slice of heaven… working on a beloved television show…set for life money...opportunities aplenty.

But it isn’t, at least not through the year, 2015.

Death, divorce, and unreleased movies that hang in limbo have clearly made things rather bumpy and more than a little sad for the ladies of The Big Bang Theory.

Death

Mayim Bialik (Amy) lost her beloved father on April 21st. He had been in hospice care for two months.

Her pain and sadness were the topic of a guest blog on kveller.com.

Three months later, on groknation.com, she further blogged about dealing with grief.

Mayim Bialik lost her father in 2015.
Mayim Bialik lost her father in 2015.

Divorce

You probably already know the bad news.
You probably already know the bad news.

There may be a few people in the world…recluses living in caves…who haven’t heard of the pending divorce of Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and her husband Ryan, after only 21 months as husband and wife.

Notwithstanding all of the disappointment and heartache inherent with the ending of a marriage comes the consoling notion, based purely on rampant rumors (are there any other kind?) that the actress is protected by a prenuptial agreement.

Such an agreement likely will save her from a viral presence known as divorce attorneys who cause a hideous money-eating disease known as “billable hours.”

There may be some bumps in the road from insidious rumors but that’s nothing that can’t be overcome by a good public relations firm.

Troubled films

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Melissa Rauch both have starred in movies that are taking too long to be released.

Who knows when we'll see this drama.
Who knows when we'll see this drama.

Burning Bodhi, an independent drama written and directed by Matthew McDuffie, was filmed on location in New Mexico during the summer of 2014. In addition to Mrs. Cuoco-Sweeting, it also starred Landon Liboiron, Cody Horn and Sasha Pieterse.

It is the story of a group of young adult friends who come together after learning that one of their group has suddenly died.

Since then, all that has come out regarding the film is this teaser trailer:

In late August, the Burning Bodhi Facebook page posted the following:

“Burning Bodhi does not yet have a release date set, but when it does, you will be the first to know here!”

Further, the film’s website appears a bit vague and hasn’t been updated for some time.

It is baffling as to what would take so long to get a release date for the film, especially when the star is one of the most well-known women in the world who appears on the one of the most popular sitcoms of the last decade.

The film is an opportunity for Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting to show, as an adult, her dramatic acting ability (she is predominantly known for her comedic work). It is also believed she cut her trademark long tresses for the film.

Clearly there are some bumps in Burning Bodhi’s road to release.

Ditching the sweaters and high-pitched voice.
Ditching the sweaters and high-pitched voice.

Melissa Rauch starred in The Bronze, a very dark comedy that caused a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival back in January.

The uproar was due to the very “raunchy” nature of the film which also included what many critics called one of the wildest sex scenes in recent cinematic history.

Written by Mrs. Rauch and her husband, Winston, The Bronze is the story of a former Olympic gymnast living roughly in her post-glory days. A chance to get back in the spotlight comes when she is asked to mentor an up-and-coming gymnast.

Problem is, she sees the young talent as more of a threat than an opportunity.

Though critics weren’t entirely in love with the film, many of them predicted that it could launch a successful film career for Mrs. Rauch.

There have been several changed release dates then the film got snagged in the bankruptcy quagmire of its original distributor, Relativity Media, sending it to limbo purgatory.

Good news came in late September when it was learned that Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights for The Bronze though a final distribution date hasn’t been announced.

Going forward

Clearly the women, as with the men, of The Big Bang Theory are all highly talented performers and there will be smoother sailing ahead but when the women look back at 2015, they will most surely recall it as a year headache and heartache.

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