Like the 97-year-old Norman Lear, who made his name — and TV history — with groundbreaking sitcoms like All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the other honorees at Thursday’s Paley Center for Media ceremony proved that talent is ageless. Carl Reiner, 97; Bob Newhart, 90; Carol Burnett, 86, and Lily Tomlin, 80, each won over the room with their humor and memories. Above, Lear (r), is congratulated by presenters Jimmy Kimmel (l), and Anthony Anderson.
Newhart, 84, was honored at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony for his guest role last season on The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, a down-on-his-luck former host of a children’s science show. “This is my seventh shot at this…. I just love this very much,” he said, gazing tearfully at the trophy in his hand as the audience gave him a standing ovation. With eight statuettes, HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra was the night’s top-winning individual program at the ceremony honoring technical and other achievements. The pay cable network came away with 20 awards, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC with eight.