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Bob Newhart, Bill Nye to 'The Big Bang Theory'

Bill Nye, host of the Emmy-winning 1990s television

Bill Nye, host of the Emmy-winning 1990s television show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," arrives at a White House science fair in Washington. (Oct. 18, 2010 ) (Credit: AP )

Nerdlingers rejoice: Bob Newhart — who won his first Emmy in a long and glorious history just two weeks ago — will reprise the role that netted the honor on Nov. 7, when he returns as Professor Proton.

Also that night Bill Nye, another brilliant fellow, recently out on "Dancing with the Stars." Here's the CBS through-line, and a clip from last season.

Bob Newhart returns to THE BIG BANG THEORY as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s favorite childhood hero. In the episode, when Professor Proton (Newhart) contacts Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to ask for help with an experiment, a scorned Sheldon (Jim Parsons) seeks revenge by befriending a rival science TV host, Bill Nye.

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Tags: Bob Newhart , Professor Proton , The Big Bang Theory , Bill Nye

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