Bob Newhart dies aged 94 6 days ago

Bob Newhart dies aged 94

Bob Newhart, the American stand-up comedian and actor best known for his two eponymous sitcoms, has died at the age of 94.

Newhart’s long-time publicist, Jerry Digney, said the actor died Thursday after a series of short illnesses.

Newhart guest starred in 6 episodes of The Big Bang Theory as Arthur Jeffries, or Professor Proton, Sheldon’s childhood TV hero. Newhart won the only Emmy award of his career for his first appearance on the show. He received another two nominations for his work on the show.

When Newhart spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in 2013 ahead of his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory, he explained two things were important for him to agree to Chuck Lorre's invitation to appear on the show. First, that his scenes be shot in front of a live studio audience, as he was accustomed to. Second, that his character be a recurring part.

Newhart carried his role as Professor Proton over to The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, appearing in the pilot episode and lending his voice to a further three episodes. A 2020 episode of Young Sheldon was Bob Newhart's final credited role.

A former accountant, Bob Newhart rose to fame as a comedian in the '60s. Known for his deadpan style and stammering delivery, Newhart had hit comedy albums in 1960 with The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart and The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! A comedy variety show on NBC followed the next year.

The first of Newhart’s two hit TV shows debuted in 1972 with The Bob Newhart Show, which aired for six seasons on CBS and was produced by Mary Tyler Moore’s company, MTM Enterprises. Newhart starred as Dr. Robert “Bob” Hartley, a Chicago psychologist married to Emily (Suzanne Pleshette).

His second hit sitcom was the simply titled Newhart, which ran for eight seasons on CBS from 1982 to 1990. Newhart and Mary Frann starred as an author and his wife who run the Stratford Inn in rural Vermont. The final scene, in which Newhart wakes up from a dream in bed with his first TV wife, Suzanne Pleshette, has made the finale one of the most memorable in TV history.

Newhart also had a third self-titled sitcom, Bob, which ran for two seasons on CBS from 1992 to 1993. Apart from The Big Bang Theory, Newhart’s TV appearances later in his career included multi-episode roles on ER, Desperate Housewives, and The Librarians. He also starred in a series of TV movies in The Librarian franchise.

Newhart’s most memorable film role is probably as Papa Elf in the 2003 Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf, considered one of the few classic Christmas films released this century. His other film credits included In & Out, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, and Horrible Bosses.

Newhart’s wife of sixty years, Ginnie Newhart, died last year at the age of 82. Ginnie was reportedly the one who suggested ending Newhart by combining it with the earlier show.

Photos: Jim Parsons & Mayim Bialik in Young Sheldon finale May 10, 2024

Check out photos from the series finale of Young Sheldon, featuring Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik reprising their roles as Dr. Sheldon Cooper and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler for the first time in five years.

Jim Parsons in the Young Sheldon series finale

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik in the Young Sheldon series finale

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik in the Young Sheldon series finale

This is the first time actors from The Big Bang Theory have physically appeared on Young Sheldon. Jim Parsons has been narrating the show since its inception, and Mayim Bialik and Simon Helberg have previously joined him in the narration booth.

Young Sheldon will conclude its seven-season run next Thursday, May 16 with two back-to-back episodes, “Funeral” and “Memoir”.

Young Sheldon premiered in 2017 and quickly became the top-rated new sitcom of the season. SinceThe Big Bang Theory ended in 2019, Young Sheldon has been the #1 sitcom on TV.

A new Young Sheldon spin-off, Georgie and Mandy’s First Marriage, is set to take over the show’s time slot this fall. The series follows Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie (Montana Jordan), and his wife, Mandy (Emily Osment), as they raise their young daughter, CeeCee.

CBS unveils 2024/25 line-up, including Young Sheldon spin-off May 4, 2024

CBS unveils 2024/25 line-up, including Young Sheldon spin-off

CBS has unveiled its schedule for the 2024/25 season, featuring a Young Sheldon spin-off centered on Georgie and Mandy, as Young Sheldon concludes its seven-season run.

Young Sheldon actors Montana Jordan and Emily Osment reprise their roles in Georgie and Mandy’s First Marriage, which follows the titular couple as they raise their young family in Texas.

Jordan has portrayed Sheldon's older brother, Georgie, since Young Sheldon started in 2017. Osment initially guest-starred during the show's fifth season and later joined the cast for the subsequent two seasons. Additional cast members have not yet been announced.

The new spin-off is a multi-camera show filmed in front of an audience, like The Big Bang Theory. This is a departure from the single-camera format of Young Sheldon.

Georgie and Mandy’s First Marriage will take over the Thursday 8/7c slot from Young Sheldon, and will be followed by the sitcom Ghosts at 8:30/7:30c. The new Kathy Bates drama series Matlock will air at 9/8c, with drama Elsbeth wrapping up the night at 10/9c.

Young Sheldon has occupied the Thursday 8/7c time slot since The Big Bang Theory ended in 2019. During this period, it also became the most-watched sitcom, a title previously held by The Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory had aired in this slot since its fourth season in 2010.

CBS announced last year that Young Sheldon will conclude with its seventh season. The hour-long series finale will air Thursday, May 16, on CBS. The Big Bang Theory actors Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will guest star in the two-part finale, marking the first physical appearances of TBBT actors on Young Sheldon.

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik to appear in Young Sheldon finale March 6, 2024

Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik to appear in Young Sheldon finale

Five years after The Big Bang Theory ended, Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik will reprise their roles as Sheldon and Amy in the series finale of Young Sheldon, the show's Instagram account revealed today.

Although Parsons is the regular narrator of Young Sheldon and Bialik has twice lent her voice to the show, no The Big Bang Theory actor has physically appeared on the show before.

CBS announced last year that Young Sheldon would be ending with its seventh season. The final season airs Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS, with an hour-long series finale set to air Thursday, May 16.

Following the lives of Sheldon and the Cooper family in Texas in the early '90s, Young Sheldon became the most-watched new sitcom when it launched in 2017. Since The Big Bang Theory ended its twelve-season run in 2019, Young Sheldon has ranked as the top-rated comedy on TV.

CBS has just announced a series order for a new spin-off of Young Sheldon, which will follow Sheldon's older brother Georgie (Montana Jordan) and his wife Mandy (Emily Osment) as they raise their family in Texas. The new show will be a multi-camera sitcom shot in front of an audience, like The Big Bang Theory.

Young Sheldon spin-off in development January 14, 2024

Young Sheldon spin-off in development

CBS is reportedly developing a spin-off from Young Sheldon which will follow Sheldon’s older brother Georgie and his fiancée Mandy, as Young Sheldon approaches its final season.

The new series is said to be a multi-camera show, filmed in front of a live audience like The Big Bang Theory, rather than the single-camera format of Young Sheldon. The new show is in development for the 2024/25 season, which begins in September. Meanwhile, Young Sheldon will conclude its seven-season run this May.

Launched in 2017 as a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon is set in East Texas during the early '90s. It follows the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he starts high school and later college. After The Big Bang Theory ended its twelve-season run in 2019, Young Sheldon rose to the top, becoming the #1 network comedy and maintaining that position ever since.

The new show will star Montana Jordan as Georgie Cooper and Emily Osment as Mandy McAllister. Jordan has portrayed Sheldon's older brother since the show's inception in 2017, while Osment joined the cast in Season 6 after a recurring role in the fifth season. By the end of the sixth season, Georgie and Emily were engaged, following the birth of their daughter, Constance Cooper, affectionately referred to as CeeCee.

On The Big Bang Theory, Jerry O’Connell played Sheldon’s older brother Georgie in two episodes of Season 11. For the new spin-off, it's anticipated that any Cooper family members who make appearances would be portrayed by the Young Sheldon actors.

The new show is being developed by the executive producers of Young Sheldon, Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and Steve Holland. Lorre and Molaro created Young Sheldon, and Holland serves as the current showrunner. The trio previously collaborated on The Big Bang Theory, which was co-created by Lorre.

The new project continues Chuck Lorre's long-standing collaboration with CBS. He's had at least one sitcom airing on the network every season since 2003/2004. The new project comes as both Young Sheldon and Bob Hearts Abishola are to conclude this year.

This new Georgie and Mandy spin-off is separate from the previously reported The Big Bang Theory spin-off which Chuck Lorre is developing for the streaming service Max. In November last year, Lorre told TV Line that this project was still in a "prenatal stage”.

Young Sheldon to end with its seventh season November 15, 2023

Young Sheldon to end with its seventh season

CBS has announced that Young Sheldon, a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory, will conclude with its upcoming seventh season.

The hour-long series finale of Young Sheldon is set to air Thursday, May 16 on CBS. Due to the recent actor and writer strikes, the seventh season will be shorter than usual, consisting of only 14 episodes. The seventh season premiere will air Thursday, February 15.

Young Sheldon is set in East Texas during the early ‘90s and chronicles the life of a young Sheldon Cooper as he begins high school and subsequently college.

Young Sheldon first aired in 2017 and ran concurrently with The Big Bang Theory for two seasons. After The Big Bang Theory concluded its twelve-season run in 2019, Young Sheldon rose to become the #1 network comedy, a position it has maintained ever since.

"Being able to tell the origin of Sheldon Cooper, and expanding the story to include the entire Cooper family has been a wonderful experience," said executive producers Steve Holland, Steven Molaro and Chuck Lorre. "We are grateful to our fans for embracing this chapter of the Coopers these past six seasons, and on behalf of the entire Young Sheldon family, we're excited to share this final season with you.”

Earlier this year, it was revealed by Warner Bros. that Chuck Lorre is developing a new spin-off of The Big Bang Theory for the streaming service Max. A recent update from Lorre indicates that the project is still in its early stages of development.

The Big Bang Theory spin-off in development April 12, 2023

The Big Bang Theory spin-off in development

A new The Big Bang Theory spin-off from producer Chuck Lorre is in the early stages of development for the streaming service Max, currently known as HBO Max.

No details were released about the plot or cast of the new series, which was teased as Warner Bros. Discovery unveiled its new combined streaming platform. Variety reports the show is believed to be an hour-long series with a predominantly new cast. The plot is said to be "derived from" The Big Bang Theory, which could potentially allow for guest appearances from the original series' cast.

This would be the second spin-off of The Big Bang Theory for Chuck Lorre after the launch of Young Sheldon in 2017. Now it in its sixth season on CBS, the sitcom follows the childhood of Sheldon Cooper as he starts high school and, later, college in East Texas. Reports earlier this year indicated the producers of Young Sheldon are considering whether the show will end with its seventh season in 2023/24, at the end of its current three-season deal.

Max is the name of the new combined streaming service of Warner Bros. Discovery, bringing together the studio content of Warner Bros. and unscripted content from Discovery, which launches on May 23. The Big Bang Theory has streamed exclusively on HBO Max in the United States since the service launched in May 2020.

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The Big Bang Theory book released October 11, 2022

The Big Bang Theory book released

A new book providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at The Big Bang Theory's twelve-year run was released today. The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series is a 528-page oral history of the show based on over 120 hours of interviews with the cast, creators and producers of The Big Bang Theory.

Written by Jessica Radloff, a senior editor at Glamour who covered the show during its time on air and even made a cameo appearance in the series finale, the book was released to mark the fifteenth anniversary of The Big Bang Theory's premiere.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE DEFINITIVE, INSIDE STORY OF THE EPIC HIT SERIES is a riveting, entertaining look at the sitcom sensation, with the blessing and participation of co-creator Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, executive producer Steve Molaro and Steve Holland, as well as Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and more. Glamour senior editor Jessica Radloff, who has written over 150 articles on the series (and even had a cameo in the finale!), gives readers an all-access pass to its intrepid producing and writing team and beloved cast. It’s a story of on-and-off screen romance told in hilarious and emotional detail, of casting choices that nearly changed everything (which even some of the actors didn’t know until now), of cast members bravely powering through personal tragedies, and when it came time to announce the 12th season would be its last, the complicated reasons why it was more difficult than anyone ever led on. Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the sitcom’s major players, Radloff dives into all this and much more. The book is the ultimate celebration of this once-in-a-generation show and a must-have for all fans.

Check out excerpts from the book about Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco's real-life romance, the other actresses originally cast in the "Penny" role, and Kaley Cuoco's Season 8 hairstyle.

Buy The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series from Amazon.com

The Big Bang Theory book coming soon March 29, 2022

The Big Bang Theory book coming soon

A definitive, behind-the-scenes book about The Big Bang Theory is set to be published in October. The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series is based on interviews with the entire cast, along with the creators, producers and executives behind the most popular sitcom of the last decade.

Written by Jessica Radloff, a Glamour writer who covered the show during its time on air and even had a cameo appearance in the series finale, the book is set to be released this fall to mark fifteen years since The Big Bang Theory premiered.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: THE DEFINITIVE, INSIDE STORY OF THE EPIC HIT SERIES is a riveting, entertaining look at the sitcom sensation, with the blessing and participation of co-creator Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, executive producer Steve Molaro and Steve Holland, as well as Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and more. Glamour senior editor Jessica Radloff, who has written over 150 articles on the series (and even had a cameo in the finale!), gives readers an all-access pass to its intrepid producing and writing team and beloved cast. It’s a story of on-and-off screen romance told in hilarious and emotional detail, of casting choices that nearly changed everything (which even some of the actors didn’t know until now), of cast members bravely powering through personal tragedies, and when it came time to announce the 12th season would be its last, the complicated reasons why it was more difficult than anyone ever led on. Through hundreds of hours of interviews with the sitcom’s major players, Radloff dives into all this and much more. The book is the ultimate celebration of this once-in-a-generation show and a must-have for all fans.

Pre-order The Big Bang Theory Book from Amazon

For more information about the writing of the book, check out Jessica Radloff's latest article for Glamour.

Simon Helberg to reprise role on Young Sheldon November 12, 2021

Simon Helberg to reprise role on Young Sheldon

Simon Helberg will be reprising his role as Howard Wolowitz in the sound booth on Young Sheldon, reuniting with Jim Parsons who narrates the show as Adult Sheldon.

Helberg will lend his voice to the November 18 episode of Young Sheldon, An Introduction to Engineering and a Glob of Hair Gel, which will reveal the origin of Sheldon's long-held feelings of contempt for the field of engineering.

Previously, The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik reprised her role as Amy Farrah Fowler in a fourth season narration, and Kaley Cuoco had an uncredited cameo as the voice of a swimming pool that was haunting Sheldon's dreams.

HBO Max launches with twelve seasons of The Big Bang Theory May 27, 2020

HBO Max launches with twelve seasons of The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory is now available to stream in its entirety for the first time in the United States. The show is now part of HBO Max, the new streaming service from WarnerMedia, which launched today.

Alongside all twelve seasons of The Big Bang Theory, HBO Max is also the exclusive streaming home of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The O.C., and Pretty Little Liars.

HBO Max brings together movies and TV shows from across the WarnerMedia library, including titles from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, TBS, CNN and truTV. As the name suggests, HBO Max also features the HBO service including premium shows such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, Succession, and Game of Thrones.

The motion picture library will include 700 blockbuster films from the HBO service within its first year, including Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, and Joker. HBO Max also features movies from WarnerMedia's library spanning over 100 years of the most iconic films, including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Lego movies, and every DC film from the past decade.

The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, is one of the platform's most anticipated original shows. The series from Berlanti Productions is based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian. HBO Max will also be releasing a Friends unscripted cast reunion special at a later date.

Update - May 29: HBO Max will also become the exclusive streaming home of Young Sheldon, which like The Big Bang Theory, had not been licensed to a streaming service.

Learn more at HBOMax.com.

HBO Max launch date announced April 21, 2020

HBO Max launch date announced

The launch date for HBO Max, which will be the U.S. streaming home of The Big Bang Theory, has been announced as Wednesday, May 27.

From launch, all 279 episodes of The Big Bang Theory's twelve-season run will be available to stream for the first time in the United States. HBO Max will also be the exclusive streaming home of Friends, which left Netflix this year. Other shows available at launch include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The O.C., and Pretty Little Liars.

HBO Max will bring together motion pictures and television series from across the WarnerMedia library, including titles from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, TBS, and truTV. As the name suggests, HBO Max will be bundled with the HBO service including premium shows like Westworld, Big Little Lies, Succession, and Game of Thrones.

The motion picture library will include 700 blockbuster films from the HBO service within the first year, including Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, and Joker. HBO Max will also feature movies from WarnerMedia's library, spanning over 100 years of the most iconic films, including Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Goonies, The Lord of the Rings, the Lego movies, and every DC film from the past decade.

A Max Original drama series, The Flight Attendant, starring and executive produced by The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco will premiere on the service later this year. The series, which is from Berlanti Productions, is based on the novel by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian. HBO Max will also be releasing a highly-anticipated Friends unscripted cast reunion special at a later date.

The line-up of Max Original content available at launch includes Craftopia, Legendary, Love Life, new Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Not Too Late Show with Elmo, and On the Record.

The service will be priced at $14.99 a month, the same price as the current HBO Now service.

Sign up for updates at HBOMax.com.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 12, Complete Series Box-sets November 12, 2019

The <em>Big Bang Theory</em>: Season 12 DVD

The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 was released on DVD and Blu-ray today in the United States and Canada.

The two-disc box-sets include all twenty-four episodes of the show's twelfth and final season, along with new and exclusive bonus features. The Blu-ray edition also includes a digital copy of the episodes.

Those special features are "The Last Days of The Big Bang Theory", "The Big Bang Theory's Impact", "The Sweet Spot", "The Big Bang Theory Cast Visits Ellen", "The Big Bang Theory: 2018 Comic-Con Panel", and a Gag Reel.

The CBS special "Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell Special", which aired the night of the show's finale, is also included.

Buy The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 DVD from Amazon.com or upgrade to the Blu-ray edition.

The <em>Big Bang Theory</em>: The Complete Series

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series, a box-set featuring all 279 episodes of The Big Bang Theory's twelve-season run, was also released on DVD and Blu-ray today.

Along with all the bonus features from the individual season releases, the box-set also includes an additional disc with three exclusive featurettes. The limited edition Blu-ray also comes with a pop-up book and a digital copy of all the episodes.

The never-before-seen featurettes are "The Big Bang Theory: A Retrospective", "BBT's Greatest Hits: 12 Years of Comedy in 24 Minutes", and "All The Stars in the BBT Universe".

Buy The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series DVD from Amazon.com or upgrade to the limited edition Blu-ray.

GB IE In the United Kingdom and Ireland, The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 DVD and Blu-ray box-sets were released Monday, November 11. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series DVD and Blu-ray box-sets were also be released that day.

AU In Australia, The Big Bang Theory: Season 12 DVD and Blu-ray will be released on Wednesday, November 13. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series DVD and Blu-ray box-sets will also be released that day.

Mayim Bialik to star in new sitcom, reuniting with Jim Parsons September 20, 2019

Mayim Bialik to star in new sitcom, reuniting with Jim Parsons

Mayim Bialik is set to star in a new multi-camera sitcom, "Carla", which she will executive-produce alongside her former The Big Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons.

The show is based on the British comedy series "Miranda", which ran from 2009 to 2015 on the BBC and starred comedian Miranda Hart and Lucifer's Tom Ellis.

Bialik will star as Carla, a 39-year-old woman who struggles against society and her mother's expectations to prove you cannot have everything you want and still be happy. Which is why she takes the money her parents set aside for her wedding and opens a cat cafe in Louisville, Kentucky.

Fox has ordered the show, which comes from The Big Bang Theory studio Warner Bros., to series for the 2020/21 season.

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HBO Max lands The Big Bang Theory streaming rights September 17, 2019

HBO Max lands The Big Bang Theory streaming rights

HBO Max, an upcoming streaming service from WarnerMedia, has landed the exclusive streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the United States.

When the service launches in the spring of next year, all 279 episodes of The Big Bang Theory will be available to stream for the first time in the United States.

"Few shows define a generation and capture mainstream zeitgeist like The Big Bang Theory,” said Robert Greenblatt, WarnerMedia chairman. "We're thrilled that HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home for this comedy juggernaut when we launch in the spring of 2020. This show has been a hit virtually around the globe, it’s one of the biggest shows on broadcast television of the last decade, and the fact that we get to bring it to a streaming platform for the first time in the U.S. is a coup for our new offering."

The Big Bang Theory's entry into the domestic streaming market comes as competition heats up for popular library shows such as Friends, The Office and Seinfeld.

HBO Max is set to take ownership of Friends, which was also produced by Warner Bros., away from Netflix, while NBCUniversal owner Comcast is taking The Office for its own upcoming ad-supported service. Facing the loss of two of its top shows, Netflix shored up its library this week by acquiring the worldwide rights to Seinfeld.

The five-year deal with HBO Max also saw an extension of The Big Bang Theory's cable syndication run on TBS, another WarnerMedia property, through 2028. The Big Bang Theory has helped TBS rank as one of the top 5 cable outlets since the show debuted on the network in 2011.

"It's not every day you get to extend the run of a cultural phenomenon that reaches nearly 35 million viewers on TBS alone every month," said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT and truTV. "Through HBO Max and TBS, fans will have access to this beloved comedy for generations to come."

The Big Bang Theory ended its twelve-season run on CBS this year as the longest-running multi-camera sitcom in U.S. TV history, and the most-watched entertainment show of the 2018/19 season.

The Big Bang Theory's co-creator Chuck Lorre added, "I am forever grateful to have been part of something as extraordinary as The Big Bang Theory. All of us — Bill Prady, Steven Molaro, Steve Holland and the amazing writing staff, cast and crew — recognize that 12 seasons of laughter is a gift to be cherished. And now we are extremely excited that TBBT will be joining the HBO Max lineup and be available to both existing and future fans of the show. Laughter has legs!"