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The Bob Newhart Show - Official Press Release from Shout! Factory for 'The Complete Series'


19-DVD set will be in stores May 27th, OR available from Shout! online store on April 22nd

Posted by David Lambert
3/04/2014
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


AVAILABLE FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

THE BOB NEWHART SHOW:
THE COMPLETE SERIES


IN A 19-DISC SET
ON MAY 27, 2014


NEW INTERVIEWS WITH BOB NEWHART, JACK RILEY, Bill
DAILY, PETER BONERZ, MICHAEL ZINBERG AND MORE!



Los Angeles, CA; March 4, 2014 - Dr. Hartley will see you now... Shout! Factory has announced the May 27 release of The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series, a 19-DVD box set of the iconic TV show. The box set includes new interviews with Bob Newhart, Jack Riley, Bill Daily, Peter Bonerz, and Michael Zinberg, The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary from 1991, the original unaired pilot, audio commentaries, a gag reel, and a 40-page book including an essay by the Emmy-winning writer Vince Waldron.

This sitcom classic stars the incomparable Bob Newhart as Dr. Robert Hartley, a Chicago psychologist who finds himself surrounded by some unusual and neurotic characters on the job, as well as at home. Hartley faces an uphill battle to not lose patience with his patients. But with the support of his quick-witted wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), you can count on him to conduct a healthy session of laugh therapy in all 142 episodes of The Bob Newhart Show. An outstanding supporting cast is on call to back up Newhart and Pleshette, including Bill Daily (I Dream of Jeannie), Peter Bonerz (Murphy Brown), Jack Riley (Rugrats, Spaceballs), and Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons).

David Davis and Lorenzo Music, the writers and producers behind The Mary Tyler Moore Show, created the series specifically with Bob Newhart in mind. As Waldron writes in his essay, like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the series was populated by witty, sincere people who daily faced the irrational realities of ordinary life. The show's undercurrent of preposterous logic was actually an outgrowth of Newhart's own clearly defined comic persona. The performer, whose nightclub act routinely featured one-sided conversations with Abraham Lincoln, Sir Walter Raleigh, and King Kong, was certainly no stranger to surrealism. "Comedy," Newhart once observed, "is my way of bringing logic to an illogical situation." There's also little doubt that Pleshette's unapologetic sensuality gave the show a distinctive, sophisticated edge. "We were selling class and charm and wit," David Davis told TV Guide's Dwight Whitney.

Originally airing on CBS from 1972 to 1978, The Bob Newhart Show is often cited among the best-loved situation comedies in history, with TV Guide and Time naming it one of the greatest television shows of all time. Get ready to lie back on the couch and laugh with Bob - you'd be crazy not to.

Bonus Features:
  • The Original Unaired Pilot
  • Group Therapy (2014): Bob Newhart sits down with Peter Bonerz, Jack Riley, Bill Daily, and Michael Zinberg
  • The Bob Newhart Show 19th Anniversary (1991): The entire cast assembles for a one-hour clip show which finds the show's characters in the present day.
  • Audio Commentaries with Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace, David Davis, Peter Bonerz, Fred Willard, Jim Burrows, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston and Jack Riley
  • Gag Reel
  • 40 page collectable booklet

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout's audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

About Twentieth Century Fox Television
A 21st Century Fox company, Twentieth Century Fox Television is the flagship studio which leads the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content. Led by Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, the studio comprises the production banners Twentieth Century Fox Television, Fox 21, Fox Television Studios, as well as the syndication division Twentieth Television and the worldwide licensing and merchandising division Fox Consumer Products. Founded in 1949, Twentieth Century Fox Television has delivered a wide array of classic television series to audiences worldwide, from M*A*S*H* to Modern Family. Its animated powerhouse The Simpsons, now in its 26th year of production is the longest running primetime scripted series in the history of television.


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