On his 100th birthday, ABC is giving Norman Lear a present. The network will celebrate Lear’s life and career with a two-hour special in September. Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter will feature celebrity guests and musical performances paying homage to the legendary TV producer. Done + Dusted will produce the special.
Reflections from the Emmy-winning television producer and a co-founder of the advocacy organization People for the American Way.
It’s no secret that working in Hollywood isn’t easy — and can be exhausting. But Norman Lear, who has been in the industry for more than 60 years, has never considered walking away. “Not for a second. We’ve had ups and downs and but it’s always a good time,” the icon told Variety ahead of his 100th birthday on July 27. “It feels very much like 99, which felt a lot like 89!” And he has no plans to slow down — or stop cracking jokes.
It was 50 years ago this month that the Norman Lear sitcom Sanford and Son debuted on NBC with Black stand-up comic Redd Foxx starring as Fred Sanford, an irascible junk dealer in the Watts area of Los Angeles, and Demond Wilson as Foxx’s beleaguered adult son. An instant ratings smash, it opened the door for other Black family shows to move into the virtually all-white TV neighborhood.
Amazon and Sony Pictures TV have struck a deal that will bring an extensive catalog of legendary producer Norman Lear’s shows to the Amazon’s Prime Video and IMDb TV streaming services. The titles headed to the two platforms are Maude, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, 227, Good Times, the original One Day at a Time, Diff’rent Strokes, Sanford & Son and Sanford.
All in the Family and Good Times creator Lear will receive the Carol Burnett Award during the 78th annual ceremony on Feb. 28, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday. He is a writer, director and producer who champions television diversity with other classic hit sitcoms such as The Jeffersons and Sanford and Son.
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.
ABC has firmed up its next live comedy event from Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel. The duo behind the Live in Front of a Studio Audience franchise will next team for the Dec. 18 mashup of All in the Family and Good Times as the sequel to May’s All in the Family–The Jeffersons.
Following the success of the first installment, ABC has ordered two more Live in Front of a Studio Audience specials for the 2019-20 season. The first new special will air this winter, while the second is slated for spring 2020. The classic sitcoms that will be the focus of each special will be announced at a later date. Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear will return to executive produce them along with Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, and Justin Theroux.
Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will star in re-creations of episodes from the influential Norman Lear sitcoms born in the 1970s. Lear and Jimmy Kimmel are hosting the ABC primetime special airing next month
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have chosen Norman Lear to receive an Individual Award and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) an Institutional Award for their contributions to storytelling in television. Both will be honored at a gala event on May 20 in New York.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Norman Lear, age 94 and a native New Yorker, thought he knew a few things about the obstacles of housing in the Big Apple. But when he began exploring the subject for “America Divided,” Lear said he was “horrified at how little I knew. Someone making a reasonable living with […]
Norman Lear: Another Version of You was received with a standing ovation when it opened the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the film spans practically the whole of the 93-year-old artist and activist’s life, professionally and personally.
The Netflix content exec will host a conversation with television legends Norman Lear and Quincy Jones on Jan. 20 during this year’s annual conference and marketplace.
Norman Lear dissed broadcast networks Tuesday, saying the broadcasters are too afraid to offend. “I don’t think the network point of view serves the American people well,” he said at the 2016 Television Critics Association winter press tour. “I don’t think the bumper sticker quality of news and discussion helps us understand.”
ATLANTA (AP) — Legendary TV producer Norman Lear believes there is still a place for shows to explore race relations issues in the same manner as his famed sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” Lear, a champion of television diversity, took part in a panel discussion about race and American culture on Monday […]
The TV veteran is now working on a Hispanic version of his single-parent comedy One Day at a Time. “I love the idea because I don’t see enough of that representation on the air,” said Lear, who is the subject of a PBS American Masters documentary planned for 2016.
The industry icon will kick off the annual conference on Jan. 20, 2015, with reflections of his six decades of storytelling, philanthropy and laughter.
Norman Lear, the creator of boundary-crossing TV comedies like All in the Family, has written a memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, reflecting on his 92 years.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to mark the milestone 40th anniversary with special awards honoring a producer and performer who had groundbreaking shows on TV in 1972 when the International Emmys were first presented.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy didn’t hesitate when given a chance to pay tribute to his American idol, legendary TV producer Norman Lear, at the 40th International Emmy Awards. Lear’s sitcom “All In the Family” — and its spinoffs “Maude” and “The Jeffersons” – mixed humor with an honest examination of the […]