Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2013

First photo Bob Newhart as Professor Proton on ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ season 7 appearance possible

CBS confirmed a couple of weeks ago that Bob Newhart would be making a guest appearance in the hit show The Big Bang Theory, portraying one of Sheldon’s childhood heroes.

Bob Newhart Big Bang Theory photoNow the studio released the photo on Tuesday of Newhart as Professor Proton, the host of a children’s science show, who Sheldon hires for a public appearance – in his apartment.

TVGuide obtained the first photo star on the set, as series creator Chuck Lorre explained what drew Newhart to agree to the appearance: “I specified Big Bang because of the writing and the live audience.”

Newhart, now 83, also previews potential appearances down the line, as the final scene of the episode “sets it up for me to return a couple more times next season.”

Fans are already speculating that  a “Fun with Flags” episode would be a likely fit.

The Big Bang Theory is CBS’ highest-rated sitcom and has been extended to the 2014 season with the season 6 finale set for May 16.



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