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PARAMOUNT'S 'BOB' RECEIVES ORDER FOR ADDITIONAL NINE EPISODES

 PARAMOUNT'S 'BOB' RECEIVES ORDER FOR ADDITIONAL NINE EPISODES
 HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "Bob," the new hit comedy series starring Bob Newhart from Steinkellners & Sutton Productions in association with the Network Television Division of Paramount Pictures, received an order for an additional nine episodes for the 1992-1993 CBS television season, it was announced today by John S. Pike, president of the Network Television Division of Paramount Pictures. In doing so, "Bob" becomes the first new series of the 1992 fall season to receive a full 22-episode order after airing only three shows.
 Since its Sept. 18 premiere, "Bob" (Fridays, 9:30-10 p.m. ET) has been No. 1 in its time period every week, averaging a 12.3 rating and a 23 share (source: NTI). To date, no other regularly scheduled CBS series has garnered such impressive ratings in the time slot since the Jan. 5, 1990 airing of "Dallas" (13.6 rating/23 share). Also, the Oct. 2, 1992 airing of "Bob" achieved CBS's highest ratings of the night in both women and men 18-34, 18-49 (for the second consecutive week) and 25-54, beating out such venerable series as "Designing Women" and "Major Dad."
 "Bob" features Bob Newhart as Chicago comic book artist Bob McKay, who gives up his mundane job drawing greeting cards to re- introduce "Mad Dog," a comic book superhero he passionately created as a young man. Also starring in the series are Carlene Watkins as Bob McKay's wife, Kaye; Cynthia Stevenson as his daughter Trisha; Ruth Kobart as Iris Frankel, a veteran comic book artist; Timothy Fall as Chad Pfefferle and Andrew Bilgore as Albie Lutz, a couple of upstart artists and admirers of Bob; and John Cygan as Harlan Stone, Bob's new boss.
 Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton are creators and executive producers of "Bob." Don Seigel and Jerry Perzigian are supervising producers. Stephen C. Grossman is producer.
 "Bob" is filmed before a live audience in Hollywood at Paramount Studios. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
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