LOS ANGELES (AP) In his trademark low-key way, Bob Newhart says he’s pleased that his 1970s sitcom about a psychologist and his quirky patients and pals will mark its 45th anniversary with a TV marathon.
But Newhart, who turned 88 earlier this month and still does standup gigs, can’t resist cracking wise when asked if he’ll watch the 84 back-to-back episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show” airing on the Decades channel from 1 p.m. EDT Saturday and ending 6 a.m. EDT Monday.
“Well, I know the ending of most of them,” he said, drolly.
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.
Stand-up comedians who work in sitcoms don’t tend to get respect for their performance, the genial Newhart said, with even Jerry Seinfeld failing to convert nominations to Emmys for his role on NBC’s “Seinfeld.”
The general attitude, Newhart said is, “‘That’s just Bob being Bob, or just Jerry being Jerry. What’s so hard about it?’ They think there’s no acting involved, but there is.”
“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…
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