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Ava DuVernay Tells Norman Lear That Obama Is ‘100 Percent’ Black

2 May 2017 12:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Norman Lear and Ava DuVernay are two Hollywood headliners who have never shied away from addressing the country’s biggest elephant in the room — race relations. They lived up to form on Tuesday, as the writer and producer behind iconic sitcoms like “Good Times” and “Sanford and Son” and the director of “Selma” and the “13th” bantered about the 44th president of the United States in terms that had some in the gilded audience chuckling nervously. At a morning panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, moderator and NBC News correspondent Alex Witt asked Lear and DuVernay about. »

- Matt Pressberg

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Peabody Awards: Norman Lear Among Individual and Institutional Winners

12 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service have been named as individual and institutional winners at the 76th annual Peabody Awards.

Both are being recognized for their contributions to narrative storytelling and the public media landscape.

Lear — the man behind classic TV series like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons — was praised by the Peabody Awards for changing "the face of television — and the faces."

"He revolutionized and democratized a traditionally timid, overwhelmingly white-bread medium with a collection of recognizable, risible characters whose racial and gender diversity was as unprecedented as »

- Hilary Lewis

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Peabody Awards: Norman Lear Among Individual and Institutional Winners

12 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service have been named as individual and institutional winners at the 76th annual Peabody Awards.

Both are being recognized for their contributions to narrative storytelling and the public media landscape.

Lear — the man behind classic TV series like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Good Times and The Jeffersons — was praised by the Peabody Awards for changing "the face of television — and the faces."

"He revolutionized and democratized a traditionally timid, overwhelmingly white-bread medium with a collection of recognizable, risible characters whose racial and gender diversity was as unprecedented as »

- Hilary Lewis

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Norman Lear, Itvs to Receive Peabody Awards

12 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Television legend Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service (Itvs) have both been selected as recipients for this year’s Peabody Awards, Variety has learned.

The Peabody Awards, based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, are reserved for individuals and institutions whose work and commitment to broadcast media define and transform the field.

Lear is well-known as a television producer and writer who helped bring racial and gender diversity to the medium, in addition to featuring characters with controversial and brash opinions. Among the hits that he worked on are “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons.” Each show in its own way tackled sensitive issues like racial discrimination, sexism, homosexuality, abortion, and even rape.

Itvs, conceived by independent filmmakers who saw scarce diversity in public media, was formed by Congress in 1988. The service has helped fund more than 1,400 films and has received »

- Joe Otterson

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Peabody Awards Name Norman Lear and Independent Television Service Winners

12 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Peabody Awards will honor Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service (Itvs) at a New York gala in May for its 76th edition. Lear and Itvs were selected due to their contributions for storytelling in television, said Peabody spokesperson Margaret Blanchard in a statement. The television writer and producer will be receiving the Individual Award for his role in changing how we view sitcoms. They were a typically “white-bread medium” before Lear came along, Blanchard said, and he introduced diverse characters into shows such as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons.” Also Read: »

- Carli Velocci

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‘The Carmichael Show’ Will Air Unedited ‘N-Word’ on NBC

20 March 2017 7:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

An upcoming episode of NBC’s family sitcom “The Carmichael Show” will air an unedited racial slur when the series returns for its third season this summer.

The racial slur “nigger” will be heard on “The Carmichael Show,” says its star and creator, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, who spoke to reporters about the decision Monday at an NBC press event in Beverly Hills, California.

“‘N-word’ is childish…say it!” Carmichael said to members of the press Monday. “We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.”

Carmichael said the slur will be used “like six times.”

Loretta Devine, who plays Carmichael’s on-screen mother in the NBC comedy, chimed in, noting that while other broadcast shows have aired the slur — such as “All in the Family” and NBC’s “Sanford and Son” — those shows were on television “before political correctness.”

The episode will air in its normal primetime slot (Season 3 returns Wednesday, May »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Where is Britain’s version of Roots? | David Olusoga

2 March 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too

For more than half a century television has played a surprisingly important role in race relations in the United States. Had I been writing this 18 months ago, I might have said “the advance of race relations in the United States”, but these days I’m not so sure of the direction of travel.

In the mid-1970s a handful of liberal TV creatives persuaded the infamously cautious and socially conservative American networks into commissioning a string of sitcoms that sympathetically depicted black family life. Both The Jeffersons (1975-85) and Good Times (1974-79) were ratings hits, as to a lesser extent was Sanford and Son (1972-77) – a remake of the BBC’s Steptoe and Son, with an all-black cast transposed on to Watts, the poor black neighbourhood of Los Angeles. »

- David Olusoga

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17 Shows That Came From Foreign Lands

27 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

As Americans, we like to think we're the best at everything, but that's not always the case. With television, some of our favorite and most popular shows didn't originate here in the U.S.

We've adopted lots of British television, but other countries are represented as well.

You might be surprised where some of these shows came from. 

Click through our list to see which shows weren't born in the U.S.A.

1. Shameless This dark comedy has it's origins in Britain where it was a solid hit. Not all version of British shows are successful in the U.S., but Shameless is one of the lucky ones. 2. Three's Company Three's Company was based on the British hit series, Man About the House. It followed Jack, Chrissy and Janet who lived together on the falsity that Jack was gay, because their landlord, Mr. Roper would never allow such living arrangements otherwise. »

- Lisa Babick

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John Larroquette of TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ Didn’t Start Out as an Actor

9 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor John Larroquette didn’t start out in the acting business . In fact, he was a DJ in New Orleans in the 1960s, then worked at a San Diego record label, and it was there that acting drew his passion. He moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and has been steadily employed by the theater, TV, and films ever since. He’s won Emmys, and a Tony for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Larroquette can be seen in TNT’s action adventure series “The Librarians.” But in 1974, Larroquette had just arrived in L.A., didn’t have an agent, but landed a role in “The Crucible” at the Odyssey Theater, which launched his own Hollywood odyssey.

What was it like in L.A. in 1974 for an aspiring actor?

There was a casting of “The Crucible” at a theater at Santa Monica and Bundy. Late summer in ’74. It was an open audition and I had just »

- Carole Horst

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Norman Lear on Ending His Long TV Absence With ‘One Day at a Time’

4 January 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the 1970s, Norman Lear reigned as TV’s most prolific and influential comedy writer and producer — the person responsible for such landmark shows as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” and “Maude.” This month, Lear will end his 22-year absence from series television with the premiere of “One Day at a Time,” a reboot of his classic comedy about a single mother raising two children.

His return to a TV landscape that has shifted radically in his absence could not be timelier.

Sony, which acquired rights to Lear’s library when it purchased Columbia in 1989, had long been toying with the idea of rebuilding one of Lear’s comedies around a Latino family. It was the idea of Lear’s producing partner Brent Miller to focus on “One Day at a Time,” but Lear’s involvement was never in question, even before the wheels were rolling on the project.

“My »

- Daniel Holloway

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