TV binge on Dr Bob
IN his trademark low-key way, Bob Newhart says he’s pleased that his 1970s sitcom about psychologist Dr Robert Hartley and his quirky patients and pals is marking its 45th anniversary with a TV marathon.
But the comic, 88, who still does stand-up gigs, can’t resist a wisecrack when asked if he too will be watching 84 backto-back episodes of The Bob Newhart Show, airing on the CBS-owned Decades channel across America this weekend.
“No, I know the ending of most of them,” he said, drolly.
Newhart, a former accountant who became a comedy sensation in the early 1960s thanks to club gigs and albums, has enjoyed a long TV career.
In recent years he has been seen on The Big Bang Theory, which has attracted old fans from his classic 142-episode show that ran from 1972-78.
He’s never won an Emmy though, saying stand-up comics don’t tend to get respect for sitcom work. “The general attitude is, ‘That’s just Bob being Bob’. They think there’s no acting involved, but there is!”