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Emmys 2019: The Big Bang Theory's Series Finale Snags Nomination

As far as parting gifts go, this one’s pretty nifty: Longtime Big Bang Theory director Mark Cendrowski landed an Emmy nomination for his work in the CBS comedy’s series finale. It was the sitcom’s sole major Emmy nomination. (View the complete list of Emmy nominations here.)

There had been buzz that Jim Parsons might return to the Emmy race for the first time since 2014, when he was nominated for both The Big Bang Theory and HBO’s The Normal Heart. All told, he has been nominated six times for playing Sheldon Cooper, winning four times (in 2010, 2011, 2013 and
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Anna Chlumsky (‘Veep’) will become one of the 10 biggest Supporting Actress Emmy nominees, but can she finally win?

Anna Chlumsky (‘Veep’) will become one of the 10 biggest Supporting Actress Emmy nominees, but can she finally win?
Based on the combined Emmy predictions of thousands of Gold Derby users, we’re pretty confident Anna Chlumsky will be nominated again for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for her role as political adviser Amy Brookheimer in HBO’s “Veep.” It would be her sixth nomination, which would place her among the top 10 nominees in the history of the category, but can she finally win the darn thing?

As of this writing, we rank Chlumsky third in the race with odds of 5/1. She trails the front-runner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), who won last year, and previous two-time champ Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), who is also aiming for her sixth nomination in the category. But since this was the last season of “Veep” and Chlumsky hasn’t won yet, voters may decide it’s finally time to reward her, especially since almost everyone who has been nominated in this
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Emmy spotlight: Will Bob Newhart make a ‘Big Bang’ with a guest role 2-peat?

Emmy spotlight: Will Bob Newhart make a ‘Big Bang’ with a guest role 2-peat?
At 89, comic actor Bob Newhart doesn’t need the validation of shiny showbiz trinkets to prove he is a legend far beyond his own button-down mind. With a career that spans nearly six decades, he has won enough honors — ranging from the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002 to Gold Derby’s own Career Achievement Award that he received earlier this month (see above).

Newhart first found fame with what would be the first-ever comedy album to top “Billboard’s” sales charts, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” The recording would go on to win three Grammys in 1961. He soon became a TV star starting with 1961’s short-lived variety series “The Bob Newhart Show,” which would win a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding humor program.

His ’70s sitcom, also titled “The Bob Newhart Show,” revolved around his dry-humored psychiatrist and his array of unusual patients. His follow-up ’80s series,
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Emmy spotlight: ‘Broad City’s’ perfectly written finale should receive all the comedy awards

Emmy spotlight: ‘Broad City’s’ perfectly written finale should receive all the comedy awards
Knowing that “Broad City” would be coming to a close this year brought a lot of anticipation as to what the finale would hold for the program’s beloved characters. What we, as an audience, ended up getting was a magnificent display that embraced everything that the show had been about over its five year run. It’s a wrap-up that should join the greatest in television history including “M*A*S*H,” “Newhart” and “Six Feet Under.”

The episode, simply entitled, “Broad City,” was written by the show’s creators and stars, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. It’s Abbi’s last day in NYC before she leaves to begin her artist’s residency in Boulder, Colorado. She and Ilana venture to get a breakfast sandwich from their favorite bodega, only to find it has closed. On their way back, Ilana discovers a luxury toilet that’s been abandoned on the sidewalk.
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Bob Newhart Remembers Tim Conway’s Fearless Sense of Humor

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Bob Newhart Remembers Tim Conway’s Fearless Sense of Humor
This is for Tim. This is so everybody will remember him. I can tell just by the mail I’ve gotten in the last couple of days that he had a huge fan base that loved him, and they wrote me because they knew I was close to him.

Tim grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and his father thought that he was handy around the house. But he wasn’t. He decided to put in a doorbell. But he accidentally wired it in such a way that it rang all the time. It only stopped ringing when someone was at the door. So it would be ringing all day, and when it finally went silent, Tim’s dad would say, “I’ll get it.” Tim told me that story. Anyone who grew up in that house had to be a comedian. That’s the kind of life he had.
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Bob Newhart to receive Gold Derby’s prestigious Career Achievement Award

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Bob Newhart to receive Gold Derby’s prestigious Career Achievement Award
Bob Newhart has been selected by Gold Derby editors to receive a special Career Achievement Award at our Emmy season kickoff party on June 5 in Hollywood.

Newhart is not only an Emmy Award winner and frequent nominee, but the Emmys once played a lucky, key role in launching his early TV success.

Back in 1960, Newhart was known chiefly as the first artist ever to reach number 1 on the Billboard sales charts with a hit comedy album – “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.” He was not yet a TV star, but he was invited to perform a solo skit at the next Emmys telecast. At the last minute, Newhart was suddenly given lots of extra airtime when an “inappropriate” comedy skit planned by Mike Nichols and Elaine May got nixed (it had the nerve to mock an advertiser) and TV producers had to fill the time.

“The show managed to usher
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Barbara Perry Dies: ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Baskets’ Actress Was 97

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Barbara Perry Dies: ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, ‘Baskets’ Actress Was 97
Stage performer and actress Barbara Perry died Sunday from natural causes in Hollywood. She appeared in several films and TV shows including Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor (1963) and The Naked Kiss (1964) as well as The Dick Van Dyke Show and most recently, Baskets as well She was 97.

Born in Norfolk, Va. on June 22, 1921, Perry was a performer at a young age when she was a member of-of the children’s ballet of the Met’s corps de ballet, making her big stage debut in Madame Butterfly. She went on to study dance — with a specialty in tap — and performed at the Hollywood Bowl in the 1930s. Her talent for dancing was later on showcased at a variety of nightclubs including the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the Chez Paris in Chicago, the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles and the Café de Paris in London. She also had the honor of opening
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James Pond Dies: Writer And Producer For TV Comedies Was 60

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James Pond Dies: Writer And Producer For TV Comedies Was 60
James Pond, a writer/producer for 25 years on such comedies as Newhart, Night Court, Hope & Faith and Living Single, has died at age 60. He passed on Jan. 3 at his home, with the cause as yet undetermined and being investigated by the county coroner.

Born Nov. 19, 1958 in San Diego, the family shortly thereafter moved to Costa Mesa, Calif. Pond graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1977 and attended Orange Coast College, majoring in journalism. He transferred to Uc Irvine, then spent a year at the University of Missouri.

His first job was in public relations for Wynn Oil Company and later Toyota Motor Sales, USA,. After two years at Toyota, Pond and friend Bill Fuller quit to try to break into Hollywood as comedy writers.

Less than a year later, they earned their first writing assignment and eventually enjoyed a 25-year career writing and producing for major comedies, rising to
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It Came From The Tube: I, Desire (1982)

Another turn of the dial, another vampire tale for the folks at home; TV sure did like them bloodsuckers, and for good reason – it’s generally the same story that everyone knows, and you don’t really need more than some fake chompers. A few wrinkles to the tale certainly helps to be set apart, as does a strong creative presence; and when you do those things, you end up with something like I, Desire (1982), a fun little neck biter that’s different just enough to stand out.

Originally broadcast November 15th as part of The ABC Monday Night Movie, I, Desire had to use its wooden stakes on M*A*S*H and Newhart over on CBS, while NBC trotted out their Monday Night at the Movies. I’m pretty sure I would have begged my folks to watch the vampire flick over Hawkeye if I had been given the chance.

Let
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Today in Soap Opera History (September 23)

1978: Gary and Valene Ewing returned to Dallas.

1984: Primetime soap Paper Dolls premiered on ABC.

1986: One Life to Live's Jessica Buchanan was born.

2011: All My Children aired for the final time on ABC."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1942: On radio soap opera Clara, Lu & Em, Clara (Fran Allison) was sick.

1969: On The Doctors, Mike Powers (Peter Burnell) picked up Julie Forrest (Ginger Gerlach) at the train station, and brought her to his parent's home. Julie told Matt (James Pritchett) and Maggie (Lydia Bruce) about her upbringing.

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Jillian Coleridge (Nancy
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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Series Finale Review: JLo NYPD Drama Fails Clutch Test In The End
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight’s Shades of Blue series finale.

“You’ve got all your tomorrows lined up,” Ray Liotta’s on the run NYPD Lt. Matt Wozniak unintentionally ironically reassured his Jennifer Lopez played protégée Det. Harlee Santos tonight on the Season 3 ender and series finale of Shades of Blue.

While a Goodfellas alum led spinoff for the low rated cliché filled corrupt cop drama could feasibly be launched off the close of Shades, the fact is unless World of Dance judge JLo is looking to crossover to the next season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, the NBC show’s tomorrows will thankfully be no more.

Oddly, with months to finesse things since the end of the series was announced in April and the “By Virtue Fall” episode that just aired, Shades of Blue failed the clutch test. Full of courtroom drama
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Grant Shaud Dishes Behind-the-Scenes Details on the 'Murphy Brown' Reboot! (Exclusive)

Actor Grant Shaud, who played nerdy TV news producer Miles Silverberg on Murphy Brown from 1988 to 1996, exclusively opens up to Closer Weekly about what it’s like to shoot the new reboot. “It’s amazing to be back,” Grant tells Closer of going to work on CBS’ reboot, premiering this fall. “We are really excited.” (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Grant, 57, is especially psyched to be working with five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen, 72, again. “I can’t keep it together when I am acting with her because there is something about her that just cracks me up,” he tells Closer. “We just have a bad habit of being very unprofessional. That’s my favorite part — I just enjoy her so much.” For more on Grant Shaud, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now — and be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more exclusive news! More
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Bob Newhart could win Emmy bookend with well-received return to ‘The Big Bang Theory’

Bob Newhart could win Emmy bookend with well-received return to ‘The Big Bang Theory’
TV legend Bob Newhart finally won an Emmy in 2013 for his scene-stealing turn on “The Big Bang Theory” as one-time children’s science show host Arthur Jeffries, Aka Professor Proton. Since then, he has reaped two more Comedy Guest Actor bids for reprising this role but lost in 2014 to Jimmy Fallon, who returned to host “Saturday Night Live,” and in 2016 to his “Newhart” co-star Peter Scolari for his recurring role on “Girls.”

Newhart could pick up that elusive Emmy bookend this year for his return to “The Big Bang Theory” in the pivotal episode “The Proton Regeneration.” Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is vying for the chance to take on the role of the new Professor Proton, which is being revived three years after the death of Arthur. During a dream, Sheldon meets with Arthur, who is seen donning a Jedi robe on another planet. Though Sheldon is determined to protect the character’s legacy,
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Candice Bergen "Is Living the Life She Always Dreamed of" at Age 72 (Exclusive)

Actress and former model Candice Bergen strode proudly onto the stage of NYC's Carnegie Hall, flanked by her Murphy Brown co-stars, at CBS' recent fall lineup announcement. "It's so great to have the gang back together," she said. "And to hear Americans cheering for a bunch of journalists." It's the kind of timely wisecrack Murphy often made on the hit 1988 to 1998 sitcom and will continue to make on the show's upcoming reboot. And like her character, Candice always tells it like it is. While recently addressing her youthful good looks, she told People that, "People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart." And when it comes to her later-in-life weight gain, she wrote in her memoir, A Fine Romance, "I am fat. I live to eat." Murphy Brown...together again. Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time.
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Aasif Mandvi Spills His Industry Secrets + More L.A. Actor Events 4/26-5/3

Ready to add a few more tools and tricks to your acting kit? This week’s slew of activities is light on the light stuff and full of events to help you grow as an actor. Glean lessons from a television icon and an actor who’s touched nearly every medium known to entertainment or get inside hot, fresh-off-the-presses shows and films. Whatever tickles your fancy, this list is tailor-made to inspire. Hear from a Hollywood legend.Bob Newhart truly defines “iconic.” With the better part of a century in show business under his belt—not to mention an Emmy and Grammy—the entertainer has much wisdom to impart on actors today. Join him, along with “Newhart” co-stars Julia Duffy and William Sanderson, at the Paley Center on April 26. He’ll present some of his favorite clips from the legendary show and share reflections on his life and career. (Tickets:
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Megan Mullally poised to become second most nominated Best Comedy Supporting Actress in Emmy history

Megan Mullally poised to become second most nominated Best Comedy Supporting Actress in Emmy history
Megan Mullally was Emmy-nominated for seven of “Will & Grace”’s original eight seasons. Thanks to the revival, the two-time winner can add an eighth Best Comedy Supporting Actress nomination this year, which would give her the second most bids in the category.

If she makes the cut, Mullally would only be behind 10-time nominees Rhea Perlman and Loretta Swit, the latter of whom scored her nominations consecutively. Perlman won four times, including three in a row, for “Cheers,” while Swit converted two of her nominations into wins for “M*A*S*H.” With “Will & Grace” renewed for two more seasons, Mullally will have a chance to tie that record.

See You only think half the ‘Will & Grace’ cast will get Emmy nominations

Mullally is currently tied with fellow seven-time nominees Julia Duffy, Estelle Getty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Doris Roberts. All except “Newhart” star Duffy won at least
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Carissa's Corner: Roseanne, Flyover States and the Nostalgia Factor

Up front, you need to know talking politics isn't my thing.

They're going to make a bit of an appearance in this Carissa's Corner, though, just by the nature of the topic. Bear with me!

It came to no surprise to TV Fanatics that the Roseanne revival premiere soared in the ratings. Everything relating to it has been indicating the revival was highly anticipated.

The question I have is why Hollywood seems to be so stunned at the ratings' success.

During the 2016 election process, if there was one thing that became clear, it was that a large part of the United States felt under-represented. Despite the candidate or his political views, people were grasping for representation they felt they didn't have in public office.

Can the same be said for the terrific ratings Roseanne received on Tuesday? That will depend on the ratings for the remainder of the season.

A good indicator for Roseanne,
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The Last Word on ‘Split’

(Growls under breath.) Excuse me, for a minute think about ‘Split’.

(Gets up walks out of room. Loud banding of wall continues and correlates as the next words are heard offscreen, being screamed)

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!, Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! (long breath) Stupid!

(Lots of deep breaths, water running being heard from another room for a few moments.It’s then stopped shortly before David walks back out with a handtowel drying off bloody and cut hands, holding his wrist tightly but softly as he prepares to retake his position behind the keyboard. Deep breath!)

Okay, I’ll give him this, at least, technically that wasn’t a post-credits scene. (Sigh) That was still stupid though.

Before I begin,
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Bob Newhart on Returning to 'Big Bang Theory' & the Surprising Item Still Left on His Bucket List! (Exclusive)

Bob Newhart on Returning to 'Big Bang Theory' & the Surprising Item Still Left on His Bucket List! (Exclusive)
Professor Proton returns!

In tonight's all-new episode of The Big Bang Theory, the one and only Bob Newhart returns for his fifth guest appearance on the smash CBS comedy -- and only Et has the behind-the-scenes scoop straight from the 88-year-old legend.

"It's just great coming back," Newhart dished to our cameras when we recently stopped by the set of The Big Bang Theory's 11th season.

We were delighted to see that Newhart was once again dressed as Sheldon's spiritual guide -- a combination of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Professor Proton -- but apparently those robes are not as comfy as they look! "You love it, but I don't love it," Newhart joked.

When asked what it's like to share scenes with Newhart, Big Bang's leading man, Jim Parsons, was quick with his response. "It is really, really unpredictable in a really good way," Parsons said with a smile. "I mean, like, he is solid
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