It turns out that Professor Proton has a rival!
Bob Newhart will reprise his Emmy-winning role in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory that will also guest-star Bill Nye, CBS announced Wednesday.
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When Professor Proton seeks Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) help with an experiment...
Tyne Stecklein and Bill Nye
After Week 1 of Dancing with the Stars, Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein (aka "Team #HotKnowledge," in the Twitterverse) are in last place, with their cha-cha earning a lowly 14 points from the judges. But they've emerged as early fan favorites in the competition, thanks in part to nostalgic voters who are familiar with Bill Nye the Science Guy. And Nye, for one, is determined to step it up this week. In fact, when TVGuide.com chatted with the Science Guy on Thursday, he apologized for calling a few of minutes late because he was "rockin' out" in his kitchen, practicing his steps for the paso doble. Will those round-the-clock rehearsals pay off?
Read our full interview below for Nye's preview of his next routine. Plus: See why he thought the judges' critiques were "harsh" this week and get his thoughts on being the underdog in the competition:
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke
Dancing with the Stars unveiled its Season 17 cast on Wednesday's Good Morning America — and it includes an ex-Scientologist, a Showgirl, the Science Guy and a comedy legend.
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Valerie Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, will hit the parquet with pro ...
Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart
On Thursday, The Big Bang Theory will welcome Bob Newhart to its ranks in a role inspired by showrunner Steve Molaro's real life.
The comedy legend will play Professor Proton, the former host of a children's television show, a la Bill Nye the Science Guy, that both Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) grew up watching. When Sheldon discovers Professor Proton can be hired out to work private functions, the duo jump at the chance to meet their childhood hero — a feeling Molaro knows firsthand...
Numbers guest star Bill Nye
One of the most famous science geeks, Bill Nye (aka "The Science Guy"), guest-stars on CBS' Numbers tonight (at 10 pm/ET), but his connection to the mathematics-based procedural appears to be much, much deeper than that. TVGuide.com (tried to) put on our thinking cap and quizzed Nye on his Numbers ties, on bow ties and more.
TVGuide.com: So what's this about you inspiring Cheryl Heuton and Nick Falacci to create the series Numbers?Bill Nye: That's what they claim — and that's quite an extraordinary claim. I don't know if that's true, but.... I read it first in Wired magazine last spring. After that article came out, I met with them. One of the first thing that Cheryl and Nick embraced when we had breakfast was this idea of sundials. There is so much information in the shadow of a stick, if you kn