A comedy legend has finally won an Emmy, after being nominated seven times.
"Tears of joy rolled down the cheeks of the iconic Bob Newhart, who finally won an Emmy…for his guest stint on CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory," reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Newhart’s Emmy, presented Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, was for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. It was a terrific birthday present for Newhart, who turned 84 just 11 days ago.
To see a full list of the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys, please click here. The list includes two wins by Netflix for "House of Cards." That show won for "Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series" and for "Outstanding Ciinematography for a Single-Camera Series."
Andreeva adds: "Greeted onstage by a standing ovation, an overcome Newhart warned Creative Arts producer Spike Jones he would not comply with the 45-second acceptance rule. ‘Spike, I’m gonna need a little more time with this,’ he said. ‘This is my seventh shot at this.’ Newhart then acknowledged his wife of 50 years, proving ‘there are long marriages in show business.’ He also named his four children and mentioned how he worked for 14 years ‘at a wonderful place called MTM. And now I’m working at a wonderful place called "Big Bang Theory." ‘ He concluded by thanking the show’s cast, ‘who really threw themselves on the sword for me.’ Newhart was not drowned out by music; he cut himself off."
For producer MTM, Newhart starred in two popular sitcoms that were on CBS: "The Bob Newhart Show" (1972-1978), co-starring Suzanne Pleshette, and "Newhart" (1982-1990), co-starring Mary Frann and Tom Poston.
In a separate article, Andreeva writes, "After a record losing streak (Newhart had been nominated six times before), he even had his series ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ and ‘Newhart’ removed from contention for six years to avoid disappointment. ‘Well, this is from your peers,’ the low-key but deeply moved Newhart said backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. … ‘When they say you’re good, it means something special.’ The comedy icon added that he was ‘totally unprepared’ for the standing ovation he received from those inside the Nokia. ‘I had come to feel that the kind of stuff I do just doesn’t win awards. I just figured that every year, there were better people than me in the category.’"
Newhart added that he expects to return to "The Big Bang Theory," playing either the same part or a different one.
In the network race, HBO won 20 Emmys, CBS won 15 and NBC won 8. The next highest number of Emmys won was three, a feat accomplished by Cartoon Network, Disney.com, Nickelodeon, PBS and Showtime.
Programmers that won two Creative Arts Emmys, besides Netflix, were CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery, Fox, FX Nets, History and Starz.
In the individual series count, "Behind the Candelabra" (HBO) led with 8 Emmys, followed by the ”66th Annual Tony Awards" (CBS) and "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO), both with 4 honors each. The following series all won three Creative Arts Emmys: "Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe" (Disney.com), "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" (HBO) and "Saturday Night Live" (NBC).