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Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Decade’s air­ing of the sit­com counted among TV’s all-time best come­dies falls on Emmy Awards week­end, which is ironic: The 142-episode “The Bob Ne­whart Show” re­ceived only four nom­i­na­tions and zero Em­mys in its 1972-78 run on CBS.

Two of those nods went to Suzanne Pleshette, who played witty wife Emily Hart­ley to Ne­whart’s Dr. Robert “Bob” Hart­ley. But Ne­whart, a for­mer ac­coun­tant who be­came a com­edy sen­sa­tion with his 1960 al­bum, “The But­ton-Down Mind of Bob Ne­whart,” re­ceived none for his role.

“I was al­ways proud of the show” and his gifted co-stars, Ne­whart said, in­clud­ing Bill Daily and Peter Bon­erz, and the late ac­tors Jack Ri­ley, Mar­cia Wal­lace and Pleshette.

Ne­whart did earn three act­ing nom­i­na­tions for his 1980s sit­com “Ne­whart,” and three more for his guest role as Arthur Jef­fries, a for­mer TV sci­en­tist known as Pro­fes­sor Pro­ton, on “The Big Bang The­ory.” It brought him an Emmy in 2013.

He’ll visit “Big Bang The­ory” again this sea­son, but trimmed his num­ber of standup ap­pear­ances af­ter Ginny, his wife of 54 years “and count­ing,” asked him to take it easy. But he’s healthy, he said, and quit­ting gigs al­to­gether isn’t an op­tion.

“I have to do it. If you think of a funny rou­tine, do you tell it to the dog? The dog just looks at you: ‘What do you want from me?’” Ne­whart said.

Bob Ne­whart

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