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Bob Newhart finally gets a well-deserved Emmy

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 07:18 AM

Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie is glad that Bob Newhart earned an Emmy for his guest role as Professor Proton on “The Big Bang Theory.” Watching “The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” cer­emony on CBS on Sunday night made me think about the impor­tance of TV in our lives, and I came to realize that TV does more than entertain and inform u s .

Television can provide comfort to people who live alone and just want to hear the sound of anoth­er human voice. At times in my life, I have certainly turned the
TV on just to have some back­ground noise in my home. And, recently, when traveling and feeling a little homesick, I turned the TV to one of my favorite pro­grams — “The Big Bang Theory.” Before anyone starts worry­ing about me, I don’ t think that the characters Penny, Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj are my friends or family or anything like that. I do find the characters amusing and since I am used to watching the program in the comfort of my living room, the show helped ease some of my feelings of homesickness.

During the Academy of Televi­sion Arts & Sciences ceremony on Sunday, Jim Parsons won another Emmy for his hilarious portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Cooper. Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler, did not win the award in her category. While Parsons and Bialik are great in their outrageous roles, the rest of the cast is excellent as well.

As a presenter on Sunday
night, Parsons appeared on stage with Bob Newhart, who in an earlier ceremony had been hon­ored with his first Emmy for a guest role he played on “The Big Bang Theory.” In case you didn’t see the episode in which Bob Newhart appears, it is now available on DVD as part of the complete sixth season of “The Big Bang Theory.” Newhart appears in Episode 22 as Professor Proton, who hosted a science program for children that was a source of inspiration to the young Sheldon.

Professor Proton is avail­able for children’s parties and Sheldon hires him so that he
and Leonard (played by Johnny Galecki) can meet him and spend some time with him. Penny (played by Kaley Cuoco) joins them for the visit and the episode has a great role for Newhart.

When I first heard that Newhart had never won an Emmy despite years and years of great and memorable work on TV, I was pretty surprised. I’m glad that Newhart finally got an Emmy, but I’m even happier that he is still making us laugh.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Hun­tington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at jgillisp@hmoa.org.



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