Bob Newhart's fans have been waiting for this one - his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2). Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV's highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a "Mr. Wizard"- style kiddie science show host who's a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki). When Sheldon learns that "Professor Proton" is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at their apartment.
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) sports a title (and a mouthful of one at that) that speaks directly to many boomers whose adult children have moved back home. Premiering tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ABC in the plum post- Modern Family time slot, the new sitcom bursts out of the gate with more than a few belly laughs. It's funny enough to make you hope it can find an audience during its spring run so that it can stick around and get even better.
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