Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 81
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 20, 1972
Page 81
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Newhart returning to TV in situation comedy ttk » . _ H, _ . . · ^ By Jerry Back HOLLYWOOD un -Lor- «ozo Music and David Davis wrote a "Love- American Style" sketch for Bob Newhart. Sid Caeser played the role. They wrote a guest starring rale for Newhart on "Tin Mary Tyler Moore Sn»w." Paul Sand* played toe part. Finally, they created a new aeries for CBS, "The Bob Newhart Show." He accepted. lite new situation comedy, In which. Newhart plays a Chicago psychologist, will bo his first regular appearance on television in a decade. It will be seen on Saturday nights in the fat. His first series, a comedy variety show, collected a bundae of awards in the ear- ty 1960s--and was promptly canceled. Newhart had turned down offers to to situation comedy over the years as he pursued his nightclub and movie career. "It just wasn't for me," be said. "The addled husband and the all-knowing wife, the kids, the dog. Dick Van Dyke broke the stereotype. Situation comedy has changed. It's realistic." ~ Davis and Music, who served as producer and story consultant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," were in the vanguard of making TV comedy more believeable-- and thus, funnier. Davis, a small-framed man with an unruly halo of black hair, said, "We see Bob as an actor with great comedy instincts. He will not do Jokes. If you try to aneak in a joke be won't do it. He does attitudes." Newhart, who made his reputation and fortune as a monotogw'st, said, I like the humor to come out of character. When you're going for a Joke you're stuck out there if it doesn't work. There's nowhere to go. You've done the drum role and the cymbal clash and you're out on the end of the plank." TV Movies Wednesday "Duffy of San Quentin," 11:30 p.m., |B with Jo Ann* Dru. "I Love Melvin," 12:30 a.m., iQ with Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds. · I'M VMM COST CBHIHC ·USMfSSMHLMI! I'm O. Howi« Hustles, tht low co»t Oaz«rt.-Moil Ciassi- fi»d Ad. 1 bring down your advertising dollar costs but r«ach n.w cuifomtn to build businssi. Find out mor« about mt and what I con do for you. Dial 348-48-18 for «n Ad Representative right nawl The show, besides having a superb supporting cast in Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Bonen and Bill Dailey, has another plus going for it. It is filmed with three cameras in sequence like a play before an audience. A growing number of comedies are adopting this technique because of the advantages it offers. Unlike many c o m e d y shows, which are filmed in bits and pieces, a three- camera show is rehearsed and polished for a week. If · gag doesn't work or an actor feels uncomfortable . with a line, it's tossed out. Davis said, "They get that performing edge that a stag* actor gets.". Newhart said, "You have to psyche yourself up for the audience. You build an adrenalin. You find yourself doing things with an audience you didn't do in any rehearsal. You're finding things." Dressed informally for the rehearsal in a white knit shirt and striped jeans, he sat smoking a cigarette in the commissary at CBS Studio Center. "To me the laugh track .killed TV for a while," he said. "People say TV is gettting better. I think the reason is because the laugh track is going. "Writers didn't have to stay up half the night working on a scene to make it better. They knew they'd get a laugh from the track whether it worked or not. Now, if it's not funny it doesn't get a laugh." Newhart is 43 now, his brown hair is receding, his skills are honed, and he could still paw for the accountant be once was in Chicago. Or a psychologist, as h« is in the series. "The reason I'm a psychologist is based in part on my telephone routines," he said. "Much of my humor comes out of reaction and what other people are saying. A psychologist is a man who listens, who is sympathetic." v Does Newhart have any qualms about returning to television with a regular aeries? "Only the fear of win' ning another award," he laughed. "It's fumy," he said. "You become used to a certain level of pressure. You have to function at that level The stakes are high and the pressures are high." August 23 MORNING 6:90 O Bible Answers O Today on Farm O Town Crier IB Religion 6:45 Q Corn Cob 7:00 RENT 125 WEEK ' Slack*Whit. · UwCMthKMtiSwviw · UferSttiAMiMI* CALL 344-3637 fCOMOMMTTV W, Va. Communication! ftv., Morritt Cera. 1130.UAMIIRSTMIT SEAMLESS GUTTERS News Q Religion fB Bullwinkle 7:30 Q Sleepy Jefferi ID Underdog Q Farm Today 3:00 eQ (DID ® Another World HI O Secret Storm BQ General Hospital 3:30 1.1 The I CUST( 1 Per. Ft. Jtterstlgt NEVER Leak. M MADE FOR YOUR HOME Completely Installed Count-down spout in footage Zoo Revue Kangaroo OTHERS CHARGE YOU EXTRA FOR ACCESSORIES IN ADDITION TO INSTALLATION DO NOT! / tstimoling ordering \ y by phone only I Mod* of Beautiful Whit. Acrylic -TOfrwI-oluminum. NEVER NEEDS MAINTENANCE. WHATSOEVER! 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BANK TERMS DAY OR NITE 11:30 ollywood Squares 8 Love of Life Bewitched AFTERNOON 12:00 12:30 1:00 Contact j IB News | Password I Where the Heart Is IB who, i _| Search Split Second News j News j Divorce Court |Q All My Children 19 Somerset | Panorama I Jeopardy I Me Too Show SHOW TIME, AUGUST 20, 1972 1:30 ! On a Match Of) As World Turns IB Q Let's Deal 2:00 Of) Splendored Thing ID IB IB Days Newlyweds 2:30 QQfDfBiE) Doctors Guiding Light Dating Game Return to Peyton Place ©G Edge of Night IB Lassie Q One Life 4:00 Q Batman O My Sons IB Flintstones O Love ID Merv Griffin Q Perry Mason OOP Sesame Street Q Cartoons 4:30 |B Password O Virginian H) Death Valky IB Jeff's Collie Q Movie IB Arty Griffith O Green Acres 5:00 Maverick O Big Vallev IB Dick Van' Dyke § High Chaparral 3) Misterogers O Griffin Wagon Train 5:30 Q® Electric Co. IB Marshall Dillon ID What's My Line :VENEVG IB News IB Dream of Jeannie Q Stock Market © Yoga 6:30 HI O Waiter Cronkite IB News Q Psychology © Bridge Petticoat Junction O Lassie ID IB Consequences IB Mayor's Report O My Line O Let's Deal IB Wild West O Arthur Smith ffl Progress O Yoga 30 G O 8O4B1BID Convention O Dragnet Q Simon Locke CB Episode 8:00 8:30 Convention Super Election '72 Comer Bar "Classic Shorts" 9:00 |B O Comedy Hour 9:30 IB O Convention :00 :00 Soul News Q State Fair :30 ©CUDIB© Tonight IB "Duffy of San Quentin" Q Dick Cav«tt 2:( i News 2:30 O "I Love Melvin" Movie CHARLESTON, W. VA. 5s

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