Bob Newhart knew if he was going to do television comedy again, he wanted to do it with a bang.The veteran of several series -- including his long-running "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart" -- found his wishes met by "The Big Bang Theory," so he guests on the CBS sitcom Thursday (May 2). The famously low-key humor icon plays "Professor Proton," a veteran TV personality recruited by fans Sheldon and Leonard (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki) for a personal appearance.Though he also has turned up on such shows as "NCIS"and "Desperate Housewives," Newhart confirms to Zap2it that "comedically, I haven't really been doing that much. First of all, I have a thing against laugh tracks; I can't do a show with that. It's sterile to me. It's not part of the genre the way I grew up with it."It started with 'I Love Lucy,' then 'The Honeymooners,' then 'All in the Family' and 'The Mary Tyler... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/05/the-big-bang-theory-bob-newhart-says-guest-stint-was-like-a-rock-concert.html
On Thursday, The Big Bang Theory will welcome Bob Newhart to its ranks in a role inspired by showrunner Steve Molaro's real life. The comedy legend will play Professor Proton, the former host of a children's television show, a la Bill Nye the Science Guy , that both Sheldon ( Jim Parsons ) and Leonard ( Johnny Galecki ) grew up watching. When Sheldon discovers Professor Proton can be hired out to work private functions, the duo jump at the chance to meet their childhood hero — a feeling Molaro knows firsthand... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Big-Bang-Theory-Bob-Newhart-Steve-Molaro-1064824.aspx?rss=breakingnews
The icon talks with THR about returning to filming in front of a live audience and his two conditions for taking on the role of Professor Proton. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/CHtf6kapDCc/story01.htm
The Big Bang Theory “The Proton Resurgence” Season 6 Episode 22 airs Thursday, May 2 2013 (8:00-8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Episode Synopsis: The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Episode 22 “The Proton Resurgence” – Sheldon and Leonard hire Professor Proton, the host of their favorite childhood TV show, to perform. Also, Howard and Bernadette run into trouble babysitting Raj’s dog, on THE BIG BANG THEORY, Thursday, May 2 (8:00 – 8:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bob Newhart guest stars as Professor Proton. READ MORE...
When Bob Newhart comes to "The Big Bang Theory," he'll be making Sheldon's dreams come true.In a clip previewing the comedy legend's upcoming guest appearance on the CBS rating juggernaut, Newhart plays Professor Proton, the host of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) favorite childhood TV show, whom our favorite nerds have hired to perform for them.Upon meeting quirky Sheldon, who can hardly contain his excitement, Professor Proton questions his biggest fan's sanity, asking Leonard, "Is he dangerous?"The excitement wasn't limited to the filmed scene, either. Of Newhart's appearance, Parsons told The Hollywood Reporter, "It was incomprehensible; you can't comprehend what it is you're doing. We've had some great people on this set, but he was the first person that I had that feeling of, 'I can't believe you're real.'"Newhart's "Big Bang Theory" debut will air Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/big-bang-theory-first-look-at-bob-newharts-guest-appearance---watch-now.html