Fried Green Tomatoes, Fannie Flagg’s 1987 novel that became a 1991 Jon Avnet film, is now headed to TV. The legendary Norman Lear is executive producing the series for NBC, and Reba McEntire will star, with Jennifer Cecil attached to write and executive produce. The series is described as a “modernization of the novel and movie that explores the lives of descendants from the original work.”
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Norman Lear has been working in television for decades. He’s the creator of classic sitcoms such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and Maude. More recently, he’s been having a blast by recreating episodes of those sitcoms with Live in Front of a Studio Audience specials on ABC, bringing in star-studded casts to play the beloved characters of classic TV. And one of those specials just helped him break an Emmy record that he actually set himself last year. Read More »
Good Times, the classic 1970s sitcom that was developed by legendary TV pioneer Norman Lear, is getting a new version on Netflix. This reboot will be animated instead of live-action, and will tell a new story that’s inspired by the original series, which ran from 1974 through 1979.
Lear, who’s still working in the industry at 98 years old, is on board to executive produce this new take alongside several unexpected collaborators – among them Family Guy head honcho Seth MacFarlane and NBA superstar Steph Curry. Get the details below. Read More »
Update: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who loudly voiced his support for Brooklyn Nine-Nine when that show was cancelled (and then appeared on it when it was picked up by a different network), is now putting that same fervor into saving One Day at a Time.
We’ll have to see if his passionate pleas can move the needle, or if they fall on deaf ears. Our original article follows.
After three seasons, the Netflix series One Day at a Time has officially been cancelled by the streaming service. But this may not be the end of the road just yet: Sony Pictures Television, which produced the show, is planning to try to find a new home for it. Read More »
Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal says, “Television can basically be broken down into two parts: before Norman and after Norman.” The “Norman” in question is none other than Norman Lear, the iconic producer behind groundbreaking television shows such as All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons and Maude. The new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and now the riveting documentary about the man and his impact on television is coming to theaters this summer.
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During a ceremony honoring legendary TV producer Norman Lear, comedian Amy Poehler says, “It’s hard to make people laugh, tackle big issues and get big ratings. That’s why no one does it anymore.” Indeed, in the relatively short history of television, no one has had as big of an impact on the medium as Norman Lear, the creator of classic shows such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude and more.
The documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You dives into the life and career of this man who changed TV forever with those shows, and it makes for a surprisingly touching, charming and intimate profile. Read More »