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The Biz: Norman Lear Shares His Life Lessons

Norman Lear

Every innovative producer benefiting from the creative surge in TV should offer a tip of the pork pie hat to Norman Lear. At 92, the trailblazing producer (All In the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude and many others), entrepreneur and activist looks back on his life and career in the new memoir Even This I Get to Experience (Penguin Press). We had the experience of recently chatting with the TV industry legend... read more

VIDEO: Which All in the Family Scene Still Makes Norman Lear Cry?

Norman Lear and Katie Couric

TV writer-producer Norman Lear is a true pioneer — not only in the sense that he created such legendary sitcoms as All in the FamilyMaude and The Jeffersons, but also because he tackled topics such as menopause, impotence and even transgender issues when they were still taboo.

In an interview with Katie Couric, Lear, 92, says he still chokes up when watching the All in the Family scene in which Edith (Jean Stapleton) discusses her friend Beverly — whom Lear describes as "a transsexual, a man who'd become a woman" — getting murdered.

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Actor Danny Wells Dies at 72

Captain Lou Albano, Danny Wells

Actor Danny Wells, who's best known for playing Luigi in the Super Mario Bros. TV series from 1989 to 1991, died Nov. 28 in Toronto, Variety reports. He was 72.

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Three's Company Producer George Burditt Dies at 89

Emmy-nominated writer-producer George Burditt died Tuesday in Burbank, Deadline reports. He was 89. read more

Jeffersons and Silver Spoons Director Jack Shea dies at 84

Jack Shea

Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.

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Jeffersons Star Ned Wertimer Dies at 89

Ned Wertimer

Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph the Doorman for 11 seasons on The Jeffersons, died Jan. 2 from complications related to a fall, The Associated Press reports. He was 89. read more

VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon and Guys with Kids Cast Perform Classic TV Theme Song Mash-Up

Jesse Bradford, Jimmy Fallon, Zach Cregger, Anthony Anderson

Jimmy Fallon has showed off his free-styling skills in his hit "History of Rap," and now he's taking on favorite television theme songs of the past.

On Tuesday night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the host was joined by the stars of his new sitcom Guys with Kids. After explaining why they were adamant about the show having their own theme song, Fallon burst into song starting with Anthony Anderson's personal favorite, the tune from The Jeffersons.

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The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley, best known for playing the vocal patriarch George Jefferson on The Jeffersons, died Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was 74.

He died at his El Paso, Texas, home, of natural causes, police told TMZ.

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A theater actor in his early years, Hemsley originated the role of George Jefferson on... read more

Marla Gibbs to Guest-Star on Southland

Marla Gibbs

It's a 227 reunion! Marla Gibbs will guest-star in an upcoming episode of procedural drama Southland, alongside 227 co-star Regina King. (Now, where's Jackee?)
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Better Look out Cuz We’re “Movin’ on Up!”

Ah theme songs, they really just aren’t what they used to be (minus The Simpsons who we give three gold stars for creativity). Nowadays, all you get is some instrumental indie song crunched into ten second span of pretty faces and some crafty CGI flashing across the screen. So in honor of the good ole’ days of theme songs that actually told a story, we’re treating you to one our personal favorites— The Jeffersons’ “Movin’ on Up.” Permission granted to sing along. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

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Premiered: January 18, 1975, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The popular 'All in the Family' spin-off about a couple movin' on up from the Bunkers' modest Queens neighborhood to Manhattan's ritzy East Side. Paterfamilias George Jefferson was a bigoted, buffoonish mirror image of Archie Bunker, but had the money (from his dry-cleaning business) to back up his bluster. A ratings winner, 'The Jeffersons' spawned a spin-off, 1981's 'Checking In,' featuring sassy maid Florence (Marla Gibbs). It lasted just four weeks, and Florence returned to her old job.

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