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The future of TV looks a lot like the past
Is there a run on porkpie hats in Hollywood? It seems Norman Lear is making quite a comeback at this summer's press tour. Earlier at the TCAs, NBC announced that he will oversee the production of a new hourlong comedy. At a CBS session, Chuck Lorre told reporters how he recently turned to the legendary producer of All in the Family and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman for some wisdom on how to simultaneously run two sitcoms. (Lorre has the new Big Bang Theory joining Two and a Half Men on Monday nights for CBS.) But the advice was pretty short and simple. "He said ‘I basically worked like a dog,'" said Lorre. "I said, 'Thank you for your time.'" — Reporting by Stephen Battaglio
Rachael Ray has been renewed for two more batches, through the 2009-10 season. I'm a Giada man myself.... Norman Lear's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Volume One arrives as a three-disc DVD on Mar. 27.... Per Reuters, ESPN has tapped Mike & Mike in the Morning hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to serve as its Arena Football League announcing team. (Arena football is back? Have I been under a rock?)
Question: Seeing the TV-movie Moms on Strike got me thinking (no small feat). Wasn't there an Afterschool Special back in the '80s that dealt with the same subject? If memory serves, Yeardley Smith played the daughter.Answer: Memory does indeed serve, Rhonda. Matter of fact, that 1984 Afterschool Special was called... Mom's on Strike. Based on Stephanie S. Tolan's book The Great Skinner Strike, it starred Mary Kay Place (folk singer Loretta on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) as a put-upon housewife whose husband and kids refused to help out around the house. When pitching a fit didn't get any results, she pitched a tent in the front yard and began picketing for more respect. After Dad (Stephen Keep) made the mistake of dumping the chores on his two daughters (Ms. Smith, who would later become an animation l