We may be waiting another few days for the Primetime Emmy Awards but in the meantime the folks in LA have been busy handing out some Creative Emmys, and TV legend Bob Newhart picked up one of 'em.

The comedy icon picked up an award for his guest appearance on the show as Leonard and Sheldon's childhood hero Professor Proton, and went on to reveal that we haven't seen the last of him on the CBS sitcom. It still isn't clear who he'll be playing or when he'll be back though.

"That's really up to [executive producer] Chuck [Lorre], and the writing team," he said backstage, where he explained how he ended up on the comedy series in the first place. "He [Lorre] asked what it would take to get me to do one of his shows and I said it has to be in front of a live audience. Because that's the only thing I've ever done. It started with Lucy and Desi, then All in the Family and Mary Tyler Moore. I don't know how to do a show that's not in front of a live audience. Chuck said, 'How about Big Bang Theory?' I said great, it's the best written show on television."

Whether you love or loathe the show, you've got to admit that Mr Newhart's honor was long overdue, and he was given a standing ovation when his name was called out.

He wasn't the only familiar face who picked up a gong though: Louis CK nabbed one too, as did Neil Patrick Harris (for his work on The Tony Awards), True Blood star Carrie Preston, and Oscar winner Melissa Leo.

Keep watching entertainment.ie for all the latest Emmy news as it breaks next weekend.

Creative Emmy winners in full:
Guest Actor In A Comedy Series - Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Guest Actor In A Drama Series - Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal
Guest Actress In A Drama Series - Carrie Preston, The Good Wife
Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Programme - Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Reality Programme - Undercover Boss
Casting For a Drama Series - House of Cards
Casting For A Comedy Series - 30 Rock
Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - Behind the Candelabra
Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - MasterChef
Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series - Boardwalk Empire
Art Direction For Variety or Nonfiction Programming - Saturday Night Live, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies (tie)
Outstanding Art Direction for Miniseries or Movie - Behind the Candelabra
Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series - The Office
Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series - How I Met Your Mother
Special Visual Effects - Game of Thrones
Animated Programme - South Park
Music Direction - 66th Annual Tony Awards
Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) - Downton Abbey
Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series - How I Met Your Mother
Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series - House of Cards
Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie - Top of the Lake
Writing For A Variety Series - Louis C.K.: Oh My God