Norman Lear


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  • Birth Name: Norman Milton Lear
  • Birth Place: New Haven, CT
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/27/1922, Leo
  • Profession: Producer; writer; director
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How Scripted TV Is Covering the Election

Norman Lear's ears must be burning. Rather than shy away from the most contentious presidential race in recent memory, a handful of TV shows are addressing the November election head-on — all while using Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcoms, like All in the Family, as a template for how to incorporate more

Shonda Rhimes and the Private Practice Cast Celebrate 100!

When Private Practice spun off from Grey's Anatomy in 2007, few thought it would make it this long — including the brain trust behind the series — but on Tuesday night, the ABC medical drama will hit 100 episodes, a rare feat in television these days. 

Private Practice Gallery: The cast shares their favorite episodes

"For me, I think it's amazing that something that spun off of something ended up being so successful," creator Shonda Rhimes tells "I' more

Keck's Exclusives: One Day at a Time Vet to Guest on Hot in Cleveland

This past April's TV Land Awards reunited the cast of the 1975-84 Norman Lear sitcom One Day at a Time. During the reunion, Valerie Bertinelli told me she was campaigning hard for her old co-star Pat Harrington Jr. (a.k.a. Dwayne Schneider) to guest star on her current TV Land sitcom, Hot in more


Sherman Hemsley Discusses His Screen Test for Norman Lear
Norman Lear
Ghettophysics: Will The Real Pimps And
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Pete Seeger: The Power of Song [HD]
Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
Way Past Cool
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Year Title Description
2009 Make 'Em Laugh TV Show Series, Remarks by
2007 Pete Seeger Movie, Exec. Producer
2003 Way Past Cool Movie, Exec. Producer
1992 The Powers That Be TV Show Series, Executive Producer
1992 Color Adjustment Movie, Actor

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Are You There, God? Glee's Twist on Faith

When Ryan Murphy was an altar boy, he was obsessed with the Shroud of Turin, a centuries-old piece of cloth said to bear the face of Jesus. On Tuesday's episode of Glee, Finn will see God in his grilled cheese sandwich. (He proceeds to ask the "Cheesy Lord" to grant him three wishes.)

Having the glee club wrestle with matters of faith could be controversial. Outside of 7th Heaven and similarly earnest shows, religion is a rare presence in primetime television. Could Glee, with its brand of biting, often politically incorrect humor, be sensitive enough to do justice to the hot-button topic?

On the surface, Finn's divine discovery is just another way to mock the sweetly dim character. But in the same episode, Glee delves deeper into serious questions of faith when a tragedy prompts Kurt to reveal that he doesn't believe in God... read more

Outlaw's David Ramsey: Justice Isn't Red or Blue, but Someplace in the Middle

If Outlaw's Cyrus Garza is on one side of a case, then best friend Al Druzinsky is on the other — even though they're on the same team. David Ramsey, who plays Druzinsky, tells that although Garza, played by Jimmy Smits, may be conservative and Druzinsky liberal, the new NBC series is not about Red States vs. Blue States. Ramsey talks about why highly politicized, current legal issues make the show relevant, and how he hopes it'll open up people to conservations.

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Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

Rue McClanahan, best known as Golden Girls' man-hungry Southern debutante Blanche Devereaux and Maude's scatterbrained Vivian Harmon, has died. She was 76.

McClanahan suffered a massive stroke and died at ...
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Norman Lear Teams with HBO for Wrestling Series

Iconic television producer Norman Lear is going cable. Lear, who was the force behind such classics as All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Sanford and Sons, will develop a "character-driven" pro wrestling series for the cabler, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Set in the 1970s in New York, the tentatively titled Everybody Hurts will focus on a family operating a pro-wrestling business and will also delve into the hard-knock lives of the wrestlers and their fans.Lear will executive produce the project with Lara Bergthold of his Act III Prods., while the script will be penned by Aaron Blitzstein (The Riches). — Joyce Eng read more

TV King Norman Lear Holds a Masters Class

Folk singer Pete Seeger was a major part of the soundtrack of the '60s, backing up his music with a lifetime of tireless antiwar and environmental activism. As such he'll be the subject of the next American Masters, which premieres Feb. 27 on PBS. The executive producer of the film is another prominent progressive — legendary TV mogul and philanthropist Norman Lear. The producer of classic sitcoms such as All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time (we could go on) has been active in getting young people registered to vote. He still makes hits, too, but now it's for his label Concord Music Group (James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Paul McCartney are on his roster). He's also half-owner of Village Roadshow Pictures (which produced I Am Legend), and owns a copy of one of the world's most famous historical documents. The Biz recently checked in with You're certainly at a stage in life where you can be choosy about your projects — so why Pete Seeg... read more

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