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'BOB' COMMENCES PRODUCTION, CO-STARS SET.

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 'BOB' COMMENCES PRODUCTION, CO-STARS SET
 HOLLYWOOD, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Production has commenced on the new Bob Newhart series, "Bob," from Steinkellners & Sutton Productions in association with the Network Television Division of Paramount Pictures. A 13-episode commitment for CBS's 1992-93 season, "Bob" stars Bob Newhart as a comic book artist whose character "Mad Dog" experiences a resurgence in popularity as Bob returns to the workforce amongst an eclectic group of colleagues.
 Also set to star in the situation comedy, from creators/executive producers Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton, are Carlene Watkins as Bob McKay's wife, Kaye; Cynthia Stevenson as his daughter, Trisha; John Cygan as Harlan Stone, Bob's new boss; Ruth Kobart as Iris Frankel, a veteran of comic art; Timothy Fall as Chad Pfefferle and Andrew Bilgore as Albie Strauss, a couple of upstart artists and admirers of Bob.
 Newhart, one of television comedy's most respected and popular stars, returns in "Bob," his fourth series, ("The Bob Newhart (Variety) Show," 1961-62; "The Bob Newhart Show," 1972-78; and "Newhart," 1982- 90). His career also includes headlining Las Vegas performances and television specials, motion picture roles, and a number of successful comedy albums.
 Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Sutton recently departed Paramount's top-rated "Cheers," for which they were executive producers. The Steinkellners, who are married, joined "Cheers" in 1985 as staff writers. Prior to their Emmy Award-winning tenure with "Cheers" they wrote for "The Jeffersons" and "Who's The Boss?" Once members of the comedy workshop "The Groundlings," the Steinkellners previously created the cult improvisational musical, "Instaplay," which ran for several years.
 Sutton, raised in Alexandria, Va., had extensive training in the theater; he won the Norman Lear Award for playwriting and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He began his career in Hollywood writing freelance scripts for "Newhart," "Mary," and "All is Forgiven." He joined "Cheers" as a staff writer in 1985.
 Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Sutton are creators/executive producers of "Bob." Andrew Weyman will direct the pilot; Steve Grossman is the series' producer.
 "Bob" will be filmed before a studio audience in Hollywood at the Paramount Studios. Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
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 /CONTACT: John A. Wentworth, vice president, Ad./Pub./Promo., Network Television Division, Paramount Pictures, 213-956-5394/ CO: Paramount Pictures ST: California IN: ENT SU:


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