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By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 3, 2013

Today's mailbag, including a contemplation of why shows get canceled or moved, is here.

Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Bang Theory" is the kind of guy who got A's in school -- but now he has a B(ee). The character, played by Jim Parsons, has inspired the name of a new bee, according to this announcement:

The global march to spread the genius of The Big Bang Theory’s Dr. Sheldon Cooper just crossed scientific fields, from theoretical physics to evolutionary zoo biology, as a new species of the Brazilian orchid bee — Euglossa bazinga — has been named after Dr. Cooper’s zippy

Brazilian biologist Andre Nemesio from the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia discovered the new species of beautiful, but misunderstood orchid bee that bears a striking resemblance to the Euglossa ignita, (or more common Western Brazilian orchid bee). Because the bees share so many similar characteristics, their existence as a separate species eluded scientists for years. Hence, the bees’ grand “bazinga” on the world of science!

Steven Molaro, one of The Big Bang Theory’s executive producers, acknowledged the unprecedented honor on behalf of the show and Dr. Cooper. “We are always extremely flattered when the science community embraces our show. Sheldon would be honored to know that Euglossa bazinga was inspired by him. In fact, after ‘Mothra’ and griffins, bees are his third-favorite flying creatures.

I have been catching up on some movies, including "Dajngo Unchained," the new Quentin Tarantino mashup. More about that in another post. When I went to see the movie, which runs 2 hours and 45 minutes not counting credits, a couple ahead of me in line feared they were arriving late. Not to worry, the ticket-counter guy said; they had six minutes before the start time -- and the trailers would take 25 minutes.

I thought he was kidding. He wasn't. There were indeed 25 minutes of trailers, meaning that people who arrived on time for the movie would spend well over 3 hours in the theater, hoping that the giant concession Coke they had bought wouldn't burst through their bladders. Nor is this the only current film of such butt-wearing length; "Lincoln" clocks in at about 2 1/2 hours, "The Hobbit" at 2:49, "Les Miserables" at 2:38 and "Skyfall" at 2:23.

On the TV side, I have been devoted to "The Hour," which wrapped up its second season last night with an episode that seemed especially weak -- time stretching longer than the drama justified. And I had somehow forgotten to see the winter finale of "Revolution" until recently; while I have enjoyed the pulpy adventure much of the time, that episode was quite awful: bad guys giving chase would disappear until dramatic convenience required them, the technological implications of the energy device were not thought through, and there was SO MUCH YAKKING at crucial moments. It was a clear violation of an action rule promulgated by the writer Donald Hamilton and by the movie "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly": If you're going to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.




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