April 17, 1990 |
Bob Newhart, master of deadpan comedy, may give new meaning to the term in a possibly fatal finale to his CBS series, "Newhart." Newhart's character, Dick Loudon, may get killed by an errant golf ball in the last episode, according to TV Guide's April 21 issue. Tom Poston, who plays handyman George Utley in the 8-year-old series, told TV Guide that his script for the May 21 finale has a Japanese businessman buying the Vermont town where the series is set to build a golf course.
December 3, 2012
The highlight of "The Dean Martin Christmas Show," which was just released on DVD, is a comedy bit with the host dressed in a tux playing an employee at a department store complaint department. He's visited by Bob Newhart, who wants to return a bad toupee. The two try to maintain their composure but can't stop laughing during the sketch. The swinging fun, which aired in 1968, also features Dom DeLuise, Dennis Weaver, a cameo by Bob Hope and plenty of holiday songs with Dino, the Golddiggers and his staff's offspring.
November 17, 1991 |
Everything old is gold for CBS. In February, the network presented the "CBS Classic Weekend," which paid tribute to three of its biggest successes from seasons past--"All in the Family," "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The retrospectives were such a hit with viewers, a sequel, quite naturally, was in order. "CBS Classic Weekend II" kicks off Saturday with "The Bob Newhart Anniversary Special." (The weekend continues on Nov.
November 4, 1992 |
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that as he rehearses lines on the set of his new sitcom, Bob Newhart looks and sounds pretty much like Dr. Bob Hartley or Dick Louden, the amiable characters he portrayed in his previous two hit TV series. A career .300 hitter doesn't just up and radically change his batting swing for the heck of it, and the executive producers of "Bob" contend that Newhart's success has been predicated on his transporting his real-life persona onto the TV screen.
May 31, 1990 |
Bob Newhart went out in high style. It was no dream: The final episode of his CBS series was the most-watched program on television last week, according to ratings released Wednesday by A. C. Nielsen Co. "Newhart" attracted viewers in about 17.2 million homes and helped bolster the CBS shows that followed it, as "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women" also placed in the top five. CBS also scored on Tuesday with its movie "Killing in a Small Town," which ranked seventh.
November 21, 1991 |
Bob Newhart disregards the old dictum never to work with animals in "The Entertainers," a TV movie that has him partnered with a chimp as part of a man 'n' beast vaudeville act. And, unfortunately, he's no match for the sheer inevitability of the curse. (The movie airs tonight at 8 on ABC Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42.) There's also a dictum, possibly even older, that has something to do with never working with a bad script. Chimps-- they can be survived; this kind of writing can't.
March 3, 1990 |
"Newhart," the longest-running comedy on CBS' schedule, will cease production at the end of this season--but not because the network wants it to. Star Bob Newhart said Friday that CBS had asked him to return for a ninth season but that a deal could not be worked out between the network and the production company. "Demands made by MTM, the British-owned television company which produces 'Newhart,' complicated the deal," according to a statement released by Newhart's representatives.
January 4, 1990 |
It's been a busy season for Julia Duffy: Her real-life son was born in August and her fictional child arrives on CBS' "Newhart" Monday. Daniel was the second child for Duffy, the petite blonde actress who plays self-absorbed Stephanie Vanderkellen-Harris on the comedy series. The birth Monday will be the first for Stephanie and her husband, Michael Harris, played by Peter Scolari. "I've never had a baby before on a show," said Duffy.
February 1, 2001
The cell phones Bob Newhart uses on stage may be mere props, but technology plays a real role in his off-stage life. Celebrity Setup Bob Newhart is such a beloved comedian that his career has been going strong in clubs, on television and in film for more than four decades. In the late 1950s he was an accountant who began writing and performing satirical sketches on radio, many of which involved imaginary telephone conversations with historical figures.
April 4, 1993 |
Cynthia Stevenson, who plays Bob Newhart's daughter Trisha on the CBS series "Bob," was discovered in the ladies room of a Mexican restaurant. Well, to be precise, she was seen by a casting director in a play called "The Ladies Room," which takes place entirely in a restaurant bathroom. "Jeff Greenberg saw me and cast me in 'Cheers' as Norm's secretary," she says. Her portrayal of Doris, a woman in awe of Norm, earned her a call back for an episode devoted to Norm and Doris.