8 items from 2012
Dr. Bob Hartley, "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78): Bob Newhart's deadpan straight-man persona was a perfect fit with his role as a Chicago psychologist who shepherded a comical parade of patients, most notably the uberneurotic Elliot Carlin (Jack Riley), through individual and group therapy sessions.
Dr. Sidney Freedman, "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-83): He was only in a dozen episodes, but Allan Arbus' appearances as an Army psychiatrist were the catalyst for some of the sitcom's most emotional moments, including Hawkeye's (Alan Alda) efforts to deal with a particularly upsetting repressed memory.
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91): The town of Twin Peaks was full of strange characters, so Russ Tamblyn's eccentric psychiatrist fit right in. He's best remembered for his professional relationship with a former patient: the late Laura Palmer, whose murder was the centerpiece of the series.
Dr. Jennifer Melfi, »
Sheen's new series, Anger Management, features the actor in another slightly autobiographical role as a therapist named Charlie, who runs group sessions out of his house where he lives with his teenage daughter.
The varying personalities and psychoses of the patients is reminiscent of The Bob Newhart Show, but a whole lot edgier.
Before becoming a therapist, Charlie was a baseball player whose career ended after he broke his knee in a fit of rage. During the premiere, we find out that Charlie is still struggling with his anger when he comes close to clobbering his ex-wife's boyfriend with a lamp.
This incident alerts Charlie to the fact that he's in need of therapy himself, so he seeks out a psychologist friend (played by Selma Blair) to analyze »
I'm always annoyed by people who pretend that award shows are big shams with no integrity because their favorite show/actor/actress is under-rewarded. Here's the thing about award shows: People have to lose. Disappointments are inevitable. It's cowardly to roundly dismiss award shows because there's no one who'll defend their integrity. You get to be the cool one no matter how biased or ill-informed your opinion is. There, I said it.
That said: Man, I am so mad that certain people don't have Emmys! It's "For Your Consideration" season in La, and as we near July's announcement of this year's Emmy nominees, we thought we'd round up 10 screen stars who for some reason have a grand total of zero Emmys. It's a disturbing scenario, and we hope a couple of the snubbees receive compensation at this year's ceremony.
10. Bill Maher
I don't even watch Bill Maher regularly, but I »
Ann Rutherford, best known for playing Scarlett O'Hara’s younger sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, has died. She was 94. A close friend of Rutherford’s confirmed the actress died Monday evening in her Beverly Hills home to the Los Angeles Times, which reports she had been dealing with declining health. In addition to her role in the 1939 classic, Rutherford entertained audiences in Mickey Rooney’s popular Andy Hardy series, where she played Rooney’s girlfriend Polly Benedict. She is also known for her small screen role as Suzanne Pleshette's mother on The Bob Newhart Show. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 When Rutherford was cast in Gone with
- THR Staff
Seitz Asks is a weekly feature in which our critic proposes a question about the medium, gives his own answer, then engages with readers about their responses. The theme to The Bob Newhart Show is my favorite piece of opening music for any TV series. Composed by the series' co-creator Lorenzo Music with his wife Henrietta, it's got a commercial big band jazz feel that's fairly typical for the era. Not for series, though. For all its considerable sweetness, this is a surprisingly conceptual piece for network TV, easing in and out of different modes.It starts with Bob answering a phone (a reference to his early stand-up routines featuring one-way phone conversations). This is followed by a false start, then by an extended bit of cheerful but hard-charging music accompanying Bob's walk from his office to the elevated train that'll take him home to his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Bob Newhart believes being smart, and not overly specific, about its time has helped his first sitcom's popularity endure.
Hallmark Channel presents 12 hours of evidence Sunday (May 27) with a 40th-anniversary marathon of "The Bob Newhart Show," a 1972-78 staple of the CBS Saturday-night lineup that included such other classics as "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show."
"First, Hallmark is very classy and secondly, the show holds up," Newhart tells Zap2it of his pleasure about this weekend's marathon. "It's enjoying a renaissance, and that's a tribute to the writing and performing. We didn't really go too much into the style of the era, which I think accounts for the longevity ... though in some scenes, »
Emmy Award-winning TV director and producer Robert Finkel has died at the age of 94.
He passed away at his home in Beverly Hills, California on 30 April after suffering age-related complications, his publicist told the Associated Press on Friday.
Mary Tyler Moore couldn't be prouder to have two iconic characters who never are away from television very long.
They're now back-to-back each weeknight on the nostalgic channel Me-tv, where her Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" is followed by her Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Each of the classic sitcoms also has another outlet: "Dick Van Dyke" marked its 50th anniversary by rejoining TV Land last fall; and "Mary Tyler Moore" becomes part of the Hallmark Channel lineup with a marathon of first-season episodes Sunday (April 1).
Seven-time Emmy winner Moore tells Zap2it she believes her 1970-77 CBS show's enduring popularity owes to something "The Dick Van Dyke Show" also maintained, "the tradition of good writing and character relationships. We took it another step forward with our show, and that was something to be very proud of.
"For what you see and feel and laugh at now, »
8 items from 2012
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