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CBS' Young Sheldon Premiere: Grade It!

4 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

CBS on Monday chronicled two major milestones in Sheldon Cooper’s life: girlfriend Amy’s response to his marriage proposal in the Season 11 premiere of The Big Bang Theory, and his first day of high school in the series premiere of Young Sheldon.

RelatedBig Bang Theory Premiere: Ep Talks Amy’s Answer, Bernadette’s Surprise

With Jim Parsons aboard the prequel not only as an executive producer but also as its narrator (in character as Adult Sheldon), Young Sheldon starts off in 1989 East Texas, where the 9-year-old brainiac (Big Little Lies standout Iain Armitage) is in the garage playing with trains. »

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Watch: Don Rickles Lives on in New Talk Show Series Filmed Before His Death

16 hours ago | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Months before dying from kidney failure at age 90 on April 6, legendary insult comedian Don Rickles filmed an original series for Aarp’s digital platform called Dinner with Don, which is available now.

The 13-episode unscripted series features Rickles having dinner and conversations at some of his favorite Los Angeles restaurants with fellow comedians and celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Poehler, Billy Crystal and Sarah Silverman. Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, and Judd Apatow also have their own episodes, and you can watch Kimmel’s in the video above.

While the show was originally created to be a bridge between older and younger generations of comics, »

- Gillian Telling

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R.I.P. Shelley Berman, sit-down comic and Curb Your Enthusiasm actor

1 September 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Shelly Berman—who helped transform stand-up comedy from a string of Borscht Belt-ready gags toward observational monologues, and did so while sitting down—has died at the age of 92. Berman broke out in the late ’50s alongside a new generation of neurotically investigative satirists like Mort Sahl, Bob Newhart, and…

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- Sean O'Neal

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Curb Your Enthusiasm's Shelley Berman Dies at 92

1 September 2017 7:52 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Famed comedian Shelley Berman has died. He was 92 years old.

According to a post on Berman's Facebook page, he passed away early Friday morning in his California home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Berman rose to fame alongside comedians like Lenny Bruce and Bob Newhart in the late

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- Keisha Hatchett

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The Bob Newhart Show: Conan O'Brien & Stars Celebrate 45th Anniversary

10 August 2017 3:47 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Bob Newhart Show premiered on CBS on September 16, 1972, starring Newhart as psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, with Suzanne Pleshette playing his wife, Emily Hartley. It ran for six seasons, and ended on April 1, 1978, with its 142nd episode. Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz, and Marcia Wallace also starred. The CBS sitcom also featured a large recurring cast, including Jack Riley, Tom Poston, and Howard Hesseman. To commemorate The Bob Newhart Show's 45th anniversary, the Television Academy threw a celebration Tuesday night, at the Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood, hosted by Conan O'Brien and featuring Newhart, himself. Check out the photos at the end of this »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Why Bob Newhart Wanted to ‘Intentionally’ Break Boundaries in Television

9 August 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On Sept. 16, 1972, CBS premiered the beloved sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” starring the popular comic as Chicago psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley.

The funny and whip smart sitcom only received four Emmy nominations during its six seasons. But Tuesday evening at the Wolf Theatre in North Hollywood, the TV Academy paid homage to the show —which is celebrating its 45th anniversary — with a sparkling and hilarious conversation between 88-year-old Bob Newhart and Conan O’Brien.

“I’m so glad about tonight,” proclaimed Newhart on the academy’s recognition of the series’ milestone anniversary.

O’Brien, who had worked with Newhart on a comedy bit at the 2006 Emmy Awards, said he grew up watching “The Bob Newhart Show” on Saturday nights after “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and before “The Carol Burnett Show” with his brothers and father.

Peter Bonerz joined Newhart and O’Brien about an hour into the 90-minute tribute. “You »

- Susan King

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Bob Newhart Talks Don Rickles, ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ With Conan

7 August 2017 9:15 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Bob Newhart was Conan O’Brien’s late-night guest on Monday, celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Bob Newhart Show. In the course of their conversation, Newhart talked about his introduction to Don Rickles, as well as another comic who stole his material, the glaring error in The Bob Newhart Show‘s opening credits, and how ineffective his Dr. Hartley was as a therapist. Newhart and Conan have known each other a long time; Newhart having starred in a memorable… »

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Kristin Chenoweth to Host 2017 TCA Awards

7 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emmy- and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth will host the 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards, Variety has learned.

“Throughout her unprecedented career, Kristin Chenoweth has carved a lasting legacy as an entertainment powerhouse and trailblazer. She is the perfect choice to host this special evening, honoring a season that has truly been a landmark year for women in television,” said TCA president Amber Dowling. “The Television Critics Association is proud to have an actress of her caliber leading the night’s festivities, as we come together to celebrate 33 years of the TCA Awards.”

Chenoweth joins an illustrious list of previous TCA Awards hosts, which includes Jaime Camil, James Corden, Terry Crews, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O’Brien, Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Wanda Sykes, the Smothers Brothers, Nick Offerman, Dax Shepard, Key & Peele, and Bob Newhart, among others.

Chenoweth will kick off the evening’s festivities, which will take place August 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los »

- Joe Otterson

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John Cygan, Actor on 'The Commish,' Dies at 63

15 May 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

John Cygan, who played Lt. Paulie Pentangeli on the 1990s ABC series The Commish and then provided his voice for dozens of films and video games, has died. He was 63.

Cygan died Saturday at his home in Woodland Hills after a long battle with cancer, Jonn Wasser of the Atlas Talent Agency told The Hollywood Reporter.

Cygan also starred opposite Bob Newhart — both played comic book artists at a Chicago-based company — on the short-lived sitcom Bob, which ran from 1992-93 on CBS.

Cygan appeared on 35 episodes of The Commish as Pentangeli, who worked for police commissioner Tony »

- Mike Barnes

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John Cygan, Actor on 'The Commish,' Dies at 63

15 May 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

John Cygan, who played Lt. Paulie Pentangeli on the 1990s ABC series The Commish and then provided his voice for dozens of films and video games, has died. He was 63.

Cygan died Saturday at his home in Woodland Hills after a long battle with cancer, Jonn Wasser of the Atlas Talent Agency told The Hollywood Reporter.

Cygan also starred opposite Bob Newhart — both played comic book artists at a Chicago-based company — on the short-lived sitcom Bob, which ran from 1992-93 on CBS.

Cygan appeared on 35 episodes of The Commish as Pentangeli, who worked for police commissioner Tony »

- Mike Barnes

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Steven Spielberg Pentagon Papers Drama Gets 2017 Oscar Season Release

22 April 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s untitled Pentagon Papers drama announced itself as a major awards season contender in this year’s Oscars race.

The film, which is rumored to star Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, will open in limited release on December 22, 2017. It will expand nationwide on January 12, 2018, a week after the Golden Globes broadcast. Hanks will play hard-charging Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, with Streep handling the role of iron-willed publisher Katharine Graham. The pair made the decision to publish a classified history of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War over the objections of the Nixon administration. Courageous journalist dramas have played nicely with Oscar voters — 2015’s “Spotlight” won Best Picture, while 2005’s “Good Night and Good Luck” and 1976’s “All the President’s Men” earned a bevy of nominations.

The opening slot puts the Spielberg film in the hunt for Academy Awards gold along with the likes of Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing, »

- Brent Lang

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Book Excerpt: “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms”

21 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Mary Tyler Moore and Susan Silver

The following is excerpted from Susan Silver’s “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms,” which will be released May 2.

(Author’s Note: Iris Rainer Dart, my then writing partner who later went on to write “Beaches,” had gotten pregnant and we had stopped working together. It was 1971. We were managed by comedy legend Garry Marshall and had written one script for “Love, American Style.”)

After Iris and I split up as a writing team, I was starting all over again, trying to “make it on my own” as those famous “Mary Tyler Moore Show” lyrics said. I told Garry that I’d seen her new show and knew I could write it. How did I know? It’s called “chutzpah,” French for “balls.” And I had some, it seems. Actually, she was situated in the Midwest, worked in a small local TV station, and so had I, both those things. It seemed like fate.

Because Garry knew the guys there, they were willing to take his recommendation about me, though I had nothing to show them written alone. I rehearsed over and over in the car as I drove to the studio. I’m sure passersby thought I was a crazy person as I animatedly “delivered my material” checking my expressions in the rear view mirror. I was nervous but determined. I had wanted this so long and now was my big chance.

I pitched three stories to Jim Brooks and Allan Burns, the creators of the show, a little intimidating though nice, and David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the story editors. Lorenzo doubled as the voice of the marvelous droll Carlton the Doorman on “Rhoda,” as well a lot of other voice over work. He and David were in my corner from the beginning, realizing how hard this was for a new writer. They laughed whole heartedly, and I kept eye contact with them as I “performed.” They were so supportive and sweet, and I am forever grateful.

I left the office with the promise of an assignment if they got picked up for a full season. Which, fortunately they did. Surprisingly enough, CBS was not sure about the show and initially stuck it on a Tuesday. Believe it or not, the reviews were not good. Remember the times: It was not common for a woman in the early seventies to not want to be married first and foremost. This character’s fiance had dumped her! To be a career woman with stirrings of feminism, sticking up for one’s self, was not expected in a TV heroine. Here was an actress who had been the beloved wife of Dick Van Dyke! Now she was at work, forming a family with colleagues, and starting friendships with women who were not always that friendly! Radical thinking, particularly about Mary, America’s sweetheart, who every man loved and wanted to protect and every woman wanted to be. This could be dangerous to women viewers and their roles in society.

Fortunately, for me and the show, Fred Silverman, the whip smart exec who came in, moved it to Saturday where it became part of the must-see lineup, later with “Mash,” “Bob Newhart,” “All the In the Family,” and “Carol Burnett.”

That lineup — along with the growing Women’s Movement, which latched on to the show as important — got the Mary Tyler Moore franchise a lot of attention. In comedy as in life, “timing was everything.” I should have been terrified, writing this script alone. But ignorance is bliss.

I always say, “I started on the top and it was downhill after that.” That wasn’t really true, but the Mtm experience was so far superior to any other. Other shows would give you a twenty-minute story meeting and send you home to write. Then sometimes they’d wonder why the script was “not what they had in mind.” At Mtm, once I got my assignment, we had an all day story meeting while we fleshed out the story together. This gave a detailed blueprint from which to begin.

Frankly, if I’d had a struggle to get an assignment, I don’t know if I would have been able to hang, make it at all. I may have been gutsy, but I was not resilient, or so I thought back then.

Susan Silver wrote for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, creating laughs for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Maude,” “Partridge Family,” and more. She was one of the first females in an industry dominated by men. Now she dishes about the highs and lows of her comedy career and life in her memoir, “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms.”

Book Excerpt: “Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Women and Hollywood

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Emotional Tribute to Don Rickles

7 April 2017 6:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jimmy Kimmel delivered an extended, poignant tribute to comedy legend Don Rickles, his close friend and frequent guest, on Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The host, voice quivering, devoted his full 13-minute monologue to the insult master, who died from kidney failure earlier that day at age 90. "I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was," Kimmel said. "Because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous."

The host opened with a hilarious story Bob Newhart told him about eating dinner with Rickles and a »

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Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down in Tears During Touching Tribute to Don Rickles

7 April 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Jimmy Kimmel shed plenty of tears, and even managed to get in a few laughs, while paying tribute to good friend Don Rickles, the legendary insult comic who died on Thursday at the age of 90.

“This is not going to be our usual show tonight, and I’m going to tell you right up front: I’m going to cry, which is kind of embarrassing but, well, I’m not good with this sort of thing,” Kimmel warned his audience at the top of his show. “We lost someone that I love very much today… »

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Jimmy Kimmel Breaks Down Remembering Don Rickles, Other Late Night Hosts Pay Tribute

6 April 2017 11:30 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The death of legendary comedian Don Rickles hit a lot of his fellow comics hard -- including Jimmy Kimmel, who paid tearful tribute to the stand-up icon at the start of his show on Thursday.

"I’ll tell you right up front that I’m going to cry," Kimmel said, wiping tears from his eyes. "I'm already crying, which is embarrassing. But I’m not good with this sort of thing and I’m sorry. Especially to those of you who came here to see the show in person, because that’s probably not what you came for. But we lost someone that we and I love very much today.”

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 90.

"I know it sounds crazy to say he was too young, but he was. Because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous," an increasingly »

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Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

6 April 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him »

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Exclusive: Carl Reiner Shares Sweet Memories of Don Rickles: 'There Were Two Sides to Don'

6 April 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Carl Reiner is mourning the loss of his longtime friend, legendary comedian Don Rickles.

Rickles died of kidney failure on Thursday morning, his rep confirmed to Et. He was 90.

Reiner, 95, tells Et the two had known each other since Rickles came to California to pursue his career, when he was still unknown.

News: Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute

"I knew Don Rickles from the early, early days of his career when he came to California," Reiner says. "I was doing a program with Ernie Kovacs, who told me to see a new comic. I went with Frank Sinatra to see this young comedian, Don Rickles. I got to know him well after that."

"He did my movie, Enter Laughing, a key scene in the movie," he continues. "I just saw the movie on TV last week and called him to tell him about it, but was not »

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Tom Hanks and Tim Allen Pay Tribute to Their 'Toy Story' Co-Star Don Rickles

6 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Don Rickles always had a friend in Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.

The actors were quick to pay tribute to their late Toy Story co-star after Rickles died on Thursday from kidney failure at the age of 90. 

News: Don Rickles, Legendary Comedian and Actor, Dies at 90

Rickles voiced Mr. Potato head in the iconic 1995 Disney film, as well as the movie's two sequels and several Toy Story shorts and specials, while Hanks and Allen played Woody and Buzz Lightyear, respectively.

"Don Rickles is one of the biggest reasons I am a comic today," Allen said in a statement to Et. "I feel bad, mostly for everyone in Heaven who will now learn first hand from the sharpest wits ever, what it's like to be Rickled."

Hanks took to Twitter to honor his friend, writing, "A God died today. Don Rickles, we did not want to ever lose you. Never. Hanx."

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Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute

6 April 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Don Rickles' fans, friends and peers have been expressing their condolences after hearing news of the comedian's death.

Et confirmed that Rickles died on Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home from kidney failure. He was 90.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Rickles' impact on the comedy and entertainment industry was certainly felt as celebrities have been posting tributes to the late comedian since learning of his death. Here's a look at what the stars are sharing in remembrance of Rickles:

Bob and Ginnie Newhart: "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this."

Jim Carrey: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer »

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Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

6 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his »

- Richard Natale

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