Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2013

Bob Newhart talks ‘Big Bang Theory,’ live audiences and hints at a return with Sheldon, Leonard and company

Bob Newhart’s guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory pushed the show back to the top in television ratings. The famous actor talked with ZapIt about the experience, working with a live audience and returning for more.

Part of Newhart’s absence for TV is the laugh track, “comedically, I haven’t really been doing that much. First of all, I have a thing against laugh tracks; I can’t do a show with that. It’s sterile to me. It’s not part of the genre the way I grew up with it. It started with ‘I Love Lucy,’ then ‘The Honeymooners,’ then ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ You just did your show in front of a live audience, and I think you have a better show that way. I’ve had offers to be in pilots, but I’m too old for that. I tell them, ‘When you’re a hit, call me back.’ I don’t want to go through that again.”

bob_newhart_big_bang_theory_jim parsons sheldonGetting Newhart on the show was a long, long process for creator Chuck Lorre, “…”for years and years, and this is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time.”

“I think he was doing ‘Roseanne’ when I was doing ‘Newhart,’ and he told me that he used come over to our set and sit and have his lunch there … and we were all gone. He just liked being on the set. We’d talked over the years about doing this or that, then this came up and he said, ‘OK, what will it take?'”
The key to the deal was that it “the stint probably won’t be one time,” “I said, ‘It has to be a recurring role. Maybe three appearances, something like that. And you have to film my scenes in front of an audience, because I don’t know how to do that other thing.’ And he said, ‘No problem.’
“They gave me a great script to work with,” adds Newhart, “and the people there are beautiful. They aren’t spoiled yet. I don’t know that they’ll ever be.”
Check out the full article here and keep an eye out because The Big Bang Theory has already been approved for a season 7.
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