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...
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 Family, Maude 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.
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.
Emmy-nominated writer-producer George Burditt died Tuesday in Burbank, Deadline reports. He was 89.
Inveterate TV sitcom director and Directors Guild of America chief Jack Shea died on Sunday in Los Angeles at age 84.
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.
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.
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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Ah theme songs, they really just arent 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, were treating you to one our personal favorites The Jeffersons Movin on Up. Permission granted to sing along. Watch it now! | More online videos