Archie Bunker and Meathead. Jeffersons and Moving On Up. Dy-No-Mite and Good Times. Maude, the original TV feminist. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. All creations of Norman Lear. His underlying belief that fuels his creative energy for such comedic icons, in his words:
Human beings are a little foolish. It’s what knits us all together. ~Norman Lear
Well, he’s being humanly foolish again! NBC recently committed to make his pilot for a TV comedy based in a retirement home, Guess Who Died?
Why do this at the age of 93? The 5 years it has taken to get it this far has as much to do with ageism as Hollywood’s obsession with the 18-34 year old demographic.
This project is important to me because there is no representation of my generation or your generation in the thousand-plus TV shows on the air. We’re the fastest growing demographic with the most expendable income and no representation.
I don’t agree with his politics or his often anti-Christian stance. But it’s impossible to disagree with the talent of a man who had five families on TV at the same time – every one of them made us laugh!
And now he’s bringing us one more: about our parents and maybe a bit about us!
(See more details here.)
More on Lear…
Netflix docu on the man – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
One of my favorite scenes in the whole video: he sits with Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. It was like watching unscripted comedy theatre. Pure gold. These three men were responsible for just about everything we laughed at in the last third of the 20th century.
Even This I Get to Experience: His life in his own words, so personal that its writing forced him into therapy for the first time!
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