Bob Newhart, among TV’s most enduring stars with shows stretching back more than five decades, wept as he finally captured his first Emmy Award.
Newhart, 84, was honored at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony for his guest role last season on “The Big Bang Theory” as Professor Proton, a down-on-his-luck former host of a children’s science show.
“This is my seventh shot at this. ... I just love this very much,” he said, gazing tearfully at the trophy in his hand as the audience gave him a standing ovation.
In addition to Newhart, other winners for guest turns included Melissa Leo for the sitcom “Louie” and, on the drama series side, Dan Bucatinsky for “Scandal” and Carrie Preston for “The Good Wife.”
The pre-taped Creative Arts Emmys will air Saturday on FXX. The live Primetime Emmys air Sunday on CBS.
5 special tributes planned for Emmys
The Emmy Awards will feature five special memorial tributes, including one to “Glee” star Cory Monteith, organizers said.
Monteith died in July at age 31 of a heroin and alcohol overdose. He will be remembered by the show’s Jane Lynch.
In addition, Edie Falco will honor James Gandolfini, her co-star on “The Sopranos.” Gandolfini died of a heart attack in June at age 51.
Other tributes during the Sunday event will see Rob Reiner honoring “All in the Family Star” Jean Stapleton; Robin Williams remembering his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters; and Michael J. Fox honoring “Family Ties” producer Gary David Goldberg.
The ceremony on CBS also will include the traditional “in memoriam” segment.
‘SNL’ adds 6 to cast; ‘Update’ taps Strong
NBC says “Saturday Night Live” has added six featured players to its roster.
Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noel Wells and Brooks Wheelan will join the troupe as “SNL” enters its 39th season on Sept. 28.
Bennett is perhaps the best known of the group because of his current AT&T commercials featuring children delivering funny lines.
Meanwhile, “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels says longtime “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers will be joined at the “Update” desk by Cecily Strong. Last season was Strong’s first as an “SNL” regular.
Michaels says the plan has Strong initially sharing the “Update” desk with Meyers, then going solo when he begins hosting “Late Night” in February. An alternative option might find Meyers remaining as “Update” co-anchor even after starting his “Late Night” duties.