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Bob Newhart wins his first Emmy for 'The Big Bang Theory'

It’s been a long time coming — 51 years to be exact — but Bob Newhart has finally won an Emmy. After seven nominations, beginning with a nod for writing for The Bob Newhart Show in 1962, the comedy icon picked up the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, recognizing his appearance on The Big Bang Theory.

Newhart received the award Sunday night at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys. The awards show primarily honors the behind-the-scenes folks of the television world but also recognizes actors in guest roles ahead of the main event next weekend. The audience gathered at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre gave Newhart a standing ovation upon the announcement of his name. “I was totally unprepared for that,” he told press backstage on Sunday of seeing the crowd on their feet for him.

In his acceptance speech, the 84-year-old actor thanked his wife of 50 years, his four children, and The Big Bang Theory cast, “who really threw themselves on the sword for me.”

How did he manage to leave the Emmy Awards without a statuette for so many years? Newhart humbly told press backstage, “The best answer to that really is whenever I was nominated, there were better people in the category than me. That’s the truth. The best person wins. That’s the way it is.”

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'Bones,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Suits,' 'How I Met Your Mother': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Vacation is over. Time to kick off the Fall TV season in style!

Step one: Pick up this monster of an issue. Step two:  Program DVR(s). Step 3: Enjoy the scoop below! Step 4: Send me your burning questions (spoilerroom@ew.com)

‘BONES': FOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

+ Tease a cute Bones/Booth moment! — Rita
The end of the premiere is very touching. Watching Bones deal with her hurt feelings throughout the episode is hard (especially since Emily Deschanel is so good!) but it’s worth it for the ending.

+ Anything you can tell me about Pelant’s demise? — Cassie
Here’s what I can say: In the premiere, you don’t SEE Pelant, but his presence is so foreboding that a paranoid person might start looking at every piece of electronics in their house with a raised eyebrow. Meanwhile, anyone looking to buy some electronics?

+ How much do we see Freddie Prinze Jr. in the premiere? Did you like him? — Farrah
He doesn’t have a huge amount of screen time in the first episode, but we are introduced to the character, knowing he’ll be back at some point. (By the end of the hour, he owes Booth a favor!) And with such a small amount of screen time, it’s hard to read this character, but I like what I see so far. He’s almost seems like alt-Booth — almost how I imagine Booth had he not found Brennan and the Squints. If that makes sense.

+ Any teases for episodes beyond the premiere or the wedding? — Val
In the second episode — which, as previously reported, takes place at a couples retreat — there’s a sweat lodge scene. #thankyouproducers As for the wedding, this affair won’t be rushed. We’ll see a reception. There’s lots of returns. (Ryan O’Neal! Ty Panitz! Cyndi Lauper!) And, duh, a ceremony! 

‘CHICAGO FIRE': FIVE PREMIERE TEASES!

Chicago Fire fans should be excited about the season to come. Why? I’ll give you FIVE reasons…

+ The episode takes place on Casey’s first day back after taking a trip to clear his head. He’s still struggling with the death of Hallie but he’s not as bad as when we last saw him depressed and disheveled. So are things looking up for him? Not exactly. By the end of the episode, he’s going to find himself very close to a situation that promises more headache-inducing situations. Can’t this guy catch a break?

+ One of the firefighters betrays his colleagues in what they believe to be a big way. It’s actually more hilarious than serious.

+ Michelle Forbes is deliciously evil in the role of Gail McLeod, a ball-busting consultant who is charged with keeping an eye on the firehouse. Gail is also the lady charged with deciding which firehouses are due for closure because of budget cuts. Her first interaction with Boden will leave you worried about Firehouse 51.

+ We learn one of the characters is being targeted! Like, someone-wants-you-dead targeted.

+ One of the crew is going to run for union president! I love the character the writers picked to lead this storyline. Guesses?

‘SUITS': SARAH RAFFERTY TEASES THE FINALE

This season of Suits has been a rollercoaster ride of the best kind — both in terms of the relationships on the show and in terms of the larger arc about the firm as a business. And if Sarah Rafferty is to be believed, the finale will be a fitting ending to a twist-filled season. In the episode, airing Tuesday, the firm will still be reeling from the divorce with Darby, and on top of that, dealing with the lawsuit brought against them by Ava Hessington. “For better or worse, everyone has to come together and deal with that,” teases Rafferty.

But it’s not all drama, she says. “I can tell you there are some surprising, warm moments,” she says, “but just when you’re sinking into that great feeling of warm fuzziness, you’re kind of slammed with a bit of a revelation that you’re going to have to wait to find out [more] about in the winter premiere.” That’s right, there’s a cliffhanger. Surprise! (Not really.)

Elsewhere, look for Donna to have a really great scene with Stephen Huntley that takes place in prison, as seen in the promo. “You get a chance to see Donna have a little bit of closure,” she says.

MORE SCOOPLETS THIS WAY…

'Bones,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Spoiler Room day, friends. Hope this week has been kind to you. Mine’s been pretty darn good (see page 2 for details on a pretty amazing day I had on one of my favorite sets this week) and the weekend promises even more good things to come (Saturday’s my birthday!). No, you don’t have to get me anything, but I will take some of your questions! Send them along to spoilerroom@ew.com. Consider it my gift to you.

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'Big Bang Theory': How did Johnny Galecki pull off his Comic-Con surprise? -- VIDEO

The Big Bang Theory panel at Comic-Con started out routine enough. All the writers and producers filed out onstage, and the only star in sight was Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernadette on the show and moderated Friday’s panel.

But when a “fan” approached the mic in Princess Leia’s Return of the Jedi disguise, the mask was removed and BBT leading man Johnny Galecki was revealed. So how did he pull off such a big surprise? And why the Leia costume (“Not the bikini. I wore that underneath,” he quipped)?

EW’s Sandra Gonzalez gets those answers and a tease of what’s coming next in season 7 in the video below:
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'Big Bang Theory' at Comic-Con: Will Sheldon and Amy ever 'do the nasty'? And more panel reveals

Project: CBS’ The Big Bang Theory

The Panel: Moderator Melissa Rauch (Bernadette on the show), surprise midway appearance from Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Steve Molaro (executive producer and showrunner), Bill Prady (co-creator and executive producer), Dave Goetsch (co-EP), Eric Kaplan (co-EP), Jim Reynolds (co-EP), Steve Holland (co-EP), Maria Ferrari (co-EP), and David Saltzberg (science adviser)

Footage Screened: In a pre-taped video, Stephen Hawking — who guest-starred on season 6 — introduced the panel by speaking the lyrics to the show’s theme song through his voice synthesizer. A season 6 sizzle reel highlighted the show’s geekiest moments (which is saying something), including their Star Trek: Next Generation photo shoot and the ladies’ argument over the power of Thor’s Hammer. Watch both videos below:
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Jim Parsons will never get tired of being nominated for Emmys

Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons just got nominated for his fifth Emmy Award — but don’t assume that means he’s grown immune to the honor. “Oh my God, are you kidding? No!” he says, a note of incredulity in his voice. “[In Hollywood,] one day you’re working and one day people are saying, ‘Who?’ So it’s always a pleasant surprise.”

In fact, says Parsons, he feels more honored to be nominated with every TV season that passes. “There’s more on the air every year, there’s more choices out there,” he explains, “and when people choose you in any way … it’s really touching. I don’t know what other word to use.”

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'Game of Thrones' sets another piracy record

Game of Thrones was the must-watch show of the season — and it has the illegal-download numbers to prove it.

According to TorrentFreak, the HBO fantasy series’ third season is the most-pirated show of spring 2013, with 5.2 million downloads. The Big Bang Theory lands at No. 2 with 2.9 million, followed by How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million), The Walking Dead (2.7 million) and rookie series Hannibal (2.1 million).

This is just the latest piracy record set by GoT, which was named the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012. When EW spoke with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in March, he saw the dubious record as somewhat of an honor.
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'Big Bang Theory' and HBO are big winners at Critics' Choice Television Awards

Two TV juggernauts won extra accolades at last night’s 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday night.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — the most-watched comedy both on network TV and on cable — snagged three prizes, including the honors for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Simon Helberg), and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kaley Cuoco, who tied with The Middle‘s Eden Sher), making it the awards’ single-most celebrated series.

Cable powerhouse HBO, meanwhile, was cited five times for three different series (Veep, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom) and one TV movie (Behind the Candelabra), making it the awards’ most celebrated network. With four awards of its own, though, FX is nipping at HBO’s heels. And though Game of Thrones was named Best Drama Series at the awards, it wasn’t the only show to win that title; the fantasy shared the prize with AMC’s Breaking Bad.

A full list of winners — including the BTJA’s picks for this fall’s “most exciting new series” — follows.

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'American Horror Story' and 'The Big Bang Theory' lead Critics Choice nominees

The Big Bang Theory is no stranger to big ratings, but home viewers aren’t the only ones who love the CBS comedy.

The show was one of the most recognized broadcast shows today as the nominations for the 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were announced. BBT and American Horror Story: Asylum, the most nominated cable show, both scored six nominations. (Parks and Recreation and Sundance’s Top of the Lake tied for second with five nominations.)

HBO lead the networks, scoring 21 nominations, followed by FX with 19.

This is the third year The Broadcast Television Journalists Association has held the award show. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Parks and Recreation star Retta and held June 10 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (It will also, for the first time, stream online via UStream.)

The full list of nominations is below: 
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'The Big Bang Theory': Executive producer Steve Molaro teases the season 6 finale

Last year’s The Big Bang Theory‘s season finale featured our favorite Pasadena nerds in some big moments: There was a wedding and one mission to outer space. So how are the creators of the CBS comedy going to top that with tonight’s season 6 finale?

By focusing on smaller, intimate moments, says executive producer Steve Molaro. Among the relationships that are tested and given some touching scenes in the finale is Penny and Leonard’s. Just when things are at their best for the on-again-off-again couple, Leonard is faced with the tough decision of whether to leave Penny for four months when he gets an enticing job offer overseas. READ FULL STORY

CBS' Fall Schedule: A Snap Judgment

Who says CBS doesn’t make bold programming moves? Oh, that’s right: Everyone. But everyone would be slightly wrong! At yesterday’s upfront presentation, the nation’s most-watched — if least-interesting — broadcast television network surprised reporters by revealing that it was not green-lighting two high-profile potential series: A small screen revival of Beverly Hills Cop from executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley and a recurring Eddie Murphy; and NCIS: Red, starring John Corbett and Kim Raver. Beverly Hills Cop might find a home elsewhere, while NCIS: Red was deemed unworthy of the franchise’s creative standards. (Why are you giggling?)

CBS also made news with some bold scheduling swaps and shifts. Mike & Molly is being held for midseason (but received a full order of 22 episodes); Hawaii 5-0 is sailing to Friday; and Person of Interest is relocating to Tuesday, joining NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles to form a blockbuster night of brawny drama. Thursday now has two hours of comedy, a mirror to its Monday night block of powerhouse yukkers. With few holes to fill and (quoting network president Nina Tassler) “limited shelf space,” CBS ordered just eight new shows, five of which will premiere this fall. Here, CBS was true to form: All have potential to be watched by a broad audience, and very few seem all that creatively daring. To be fair, it’s hard to glean meaningful insight from the preview videos released by the network, comprised of select scenes, behind the scenes footage, and rah-rah interviews with actors and producers. And while CBS may not have leveraged its position of great strength to take a chance on innovation, I found something commendable about each of its new offerings. READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

What awaits the Winchesters when they meet Metatron? What’s going to shake up Chicago Fire? And how does Nicolas Cage (sort of) make an appearance on The Big Bang Theory? Answers to all that and more in this week’s column.

Enjoy, friends. Best to you and yours on this emotional week.
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Bob Newhart to appear on 'The Big Bang Theory'

The Big Bang Theory has signed on another celebrated actor for a guest role. Comedy legend Bob Newhart will appear in an upcoming episode of the hit CBS show, EW has confirmed. The news was first reported by TVLine.

Newhart’s most recent TV guest appearances include NCIS in 2011, Desperate Housewives in 2005, and ER in 2003.

The six-time Emmy nominee will play Professor Proton, former host of Sheldon’s favorite science show as a kid. Sheldon’s long-awaited opportunity to meet his childhood hero (who also played a part in Leonard’s childhood) comes when he realizes that Professor Proton can be hired for parties and events.

Newhart’s episode will air on Thursday, May 2.

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Read more:
Bob Newhart: He Had a Dream — TV Icons Q&A
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