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

19 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

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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- Liz Raftery

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Press Tour: Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne and Larry Wilmore explain 'Black-ish'

15 July 2014 3:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

How do you have a meaningful conversation about race and culture in a network television comedy? Calling your show "Black-ish" is one way to start. The ABC comedy starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne follows "Modern Family" this fall and provides a rare (for network TV) look at an affluent black family -- complete with four kids and a live-in grandpa played by Fishburne. And while race is right there in the title, both creator Kenya Barris ("The Game") and executive producer Larry Wilmore ("The Bernie Mac Show," "The Daily Show") promise the "family" element is even more important, as they explained during the show's presentation at the 2014 TCA summer press tour. "I know race is a big part of it and we're not running from it, but this is a show about culture," Barris said. "It's a show about what it's like to raise a family during a different time. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Produced By: Norman Lear Goes Archie Bunker on TV Ageism

8 June 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Norman Lear, the greatest TV comedy producer of all time, can’t get a series made these days, he says. The Producer’s Guild of America may have named its episodic comedy award after Lear, but good luck getting a Lear-made episodic comedy on the air now. In a TV-transforming run through the 1970s, Lear tackled the most controversial issues of the time – including racism, abortion, sexism and so much else – but he says the only time he’s ever been censored is today. Lear, now almost 92 and reflecting on his legendary career in a packed session at the PGA’s Produced By conference, said no one ever told him, “You can’t do that,” while he was producing ground-breaking shows such as All in the Family, Maude, and The Jeffersons. But today, when he pitches a comedy that’s set in a retirement village, nobody wants to hear about it. »

- DAVID BLOOM

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Norman Lear Still Seeking Reality and Comedy

8 June 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

All in the Family” met “Modern Family” Sunday at Warner Bros. as Norman Lear and Steve Levitan expounded on the need for mixing reality with comedy in their signature series.

Lear received a standing ovation from the audience of about 400 at the Produced By conference. Producers Guild of America exec Vance Van Petten noted that the guild’s comedy series award is named after Lear and has been awarded to “Modern Family” for the past four years.

Lear and Levitan both explained that they had included themes that had not been previously broadcast (bigotry in “All in the Family,” gay marriage in “Modern Family”) to present an honest portrayal of characters.

“It was the language of our time, the grist of what was going on with the world,” Lear recalled. “I said ‘We’re going to jump in the pool and get wet.’”

The CBS series was so successful that by the mid-1970s, »

- Dave McNary

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Norman Lear, Steve Stoute Promote Hip-Hop Doc

4 June 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Legendary TV producer Norman Lear and former record executive Steve Stoute might seem like an unlikely pair, but the two proved a mutual admiration society on Tuesday night when they teamed up to promote VH1′s documentary “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop.”

The “For Your Consideration” panel, which was moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum, covered the path to the screen for the documentary that was based on Stoute’s book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created the Rules of a New Economy.”

Stoute credits hip-hop with transforming American culture — and creating a climate that helped elect the first African-American president.

He also heaped praise on Lear, whose television shows like “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” had tremendous influence on American opinions on racial and social issues.

Asked what TV series he watches now, Lear singled out “Modern Family.” “It’s as »

- Variety Staff

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Emmys: 'Orange Is the New Black's' Uzo Aduba Makes a Plea to Voters (Guest Column)

2 June 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the June 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. As the excitement of TV's biggest night draws closer, it's crucial that we examine the cavernous absence of diversity and full inclusion in the TV awards conversation. The industry long has avoided the subject, perhaps even ignored it! The last series with a non-white cast to win the comedy Emmy was The Cosby Show in 1985. The last woman of color to take the comedy actress prize was Isabel Sanford (The Jeffersons) in 1981. Today, with the groundbreaking impact of Orange Is the New Black, it's time

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- Uzo Aduba

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Elliot Wax, TV Agent Who Packaged Shows From ‘Carol Burnett’ to ‘Three’s Company,’ Dies at 84

7 May 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Elliot R. Wax, a former television agent at William Morris and the leader of his own agency, died on May 4 from complications of kidney disease at his home in Lake Sherwood, Calif. He was 84.

Wax packaged many hit variety and comedy shows while at Wma and found success running his own firm, Elliot Wax & Associates, as well.

While in the television variety show department at William Morris, he was involved in the packaging and selling of numerous variety specials with stars including Danny Thomas, Carol Burnett, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Andy Williams, the Osmonds and Dionne Warwick. While representing writers and producers, Wax packaged variety series that included “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” “The Sonny & Cher Show,” “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “The Glen Campbell Show.”

While a VP at William Morris, Wax made the move into the business of packaging half-hour television. »

- Carmel Dagan

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PGA Produced By Conference 2014: Francis Ford Coppola Among Speaker Additions

28 April 2014 10:27 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Related: Produced By Conference Unveils 2014 Lineup Los Angeles (April 28, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather I, II and III, Apocalypse Now) will join the 6th annual Produced By Conference (Pbc) as a featured speaker. Coppola will join some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries, including Ceán Chaffin (Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), Evan Goldberg (Neighbors, This Is The End, Superbad), Norman Lear (“The Jeffersons,” “All In The Family”), Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), Joe Roth (Heaven Is For Real , Million Dollar Arm, Maleficent) and James Weaver (Neighbors, This Is The End, The Guilt Trip). Produced By 2014 is hosted by Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles on June 7-8. For a full list »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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GLAAD Media Awards Winners: Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox and Norman Lear Honored (Video)

13 April 2014 12:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

E! personality Ross Mathews hosted the first of two ceremonies for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which took place on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. GLAAD national spokesman Wilson Cruz awarded television writer and producer Norman Lear with the Pioneer Award. Lear produced iconic sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “Maude.” His activist work includes the founding of advocacy organization People For the American Way, and the championing of First Amendment rights and progressive causes. Also read: ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis-glaad Release New Apology for Anti-Gay Statements Additionally, »

- Jethro Nededog

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‘The Fosters,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Winners

12 April 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The groundbreaking ABC family drama “The Fosters” and Emmy-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” were among the big winners Saturday at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes accurate representations of the Lgbt community.

Honorees for 12 of this year’s 29 media categories were feted at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Iconic TV writer Norman Lear, who produced the hit 1970s sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons,” received the Pioneer Award. Jennifer Lopez picked up the coveted Vanguard Award while “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox was presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actress Ellen Page.

Meanwhile, NBC’s longrunning soap “Days of Our Lives” took home the prize for daily drama. The soap recently made television history by airing the first-ever male same-sex wedding in daytime.

Additional awards, including those in movie and TV comedy series categories, will be presented at »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘The Fosters,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Winners

12 April 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The groundbreaking ABC family drama “The Fosters” and Emmy-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” were among the big winners Saturday at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes accurate representations of the Lgbt community.

Honorees for 12 of this year’s 29 media categories were feted at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Iconic TV writer Norman Lear, who produced the hit 1970s sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons,” received the Pioneer Award. Jennifer Lopez picked up the coveted Vanguard Award while “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox was presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actress Ellen Page.

Meanwhile, NBC’s longrunning soap “Days of Our Lives” took home the prize for daily drama. The soap recently made television history by airing the first-ever male same-sex wedding in daytime.

Additional awards, including those in movie and TV comedy series categories, will be presented at »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Produced By Conference Unveils 2014 Lineup

27 March 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2014) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 6th annual Produced By Conference (Pbc). Director and producer David Fincher (Gone Girl, Fight Club, SE7EN, The Social Network, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button) & producer Ceán Chaffin (Gone Girl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), producer Norman Lear (“The Jeffersons, “All In The Family”), actor and producer Seth Rogen (Neighbors, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), and producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White And The Huntsman) will participate as featured speakers at the 2014 Produced By Conference, hosted by Warner Bros. Studios on June 7-8. Additional speakers include some of the entertainment and digital industries’ most renowned producers and visionaries. Confirmed speakers are noted below in alphabetical order. Additional speakers will be announced prior to the conference. – Chris Albrecht, CEO, Starz – Natalie Bruss, VP, Digital Strategy, »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Electric Company, ER, Soap: Character Actor Luis Avalos Dies at 67

24 January 2014 6:07 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Veteran character actor Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. He died on Wednesday, January 22nd, following a recent heart attack.

While many may not recognize his name, most TV viewers will recognize his face. Avalos was a regular player in television and movies for four decades.

The Cuban-born actor had a regular role on The Electric Company on PBS, played Doctor Thomas Esquivel on 21 episodes of ER, and played the principal on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He also had regular roles on lesser known series like Condo, I Had Three Wives and Resurrection Blvd.

Other guest shots include those on Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Full House, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Jack & Bobby, and Columbo. He also memorably played General Sandia on the final cliffhanger episode of Soap, sentencing Jessica Tate to a firing squad. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Russell Johnson, The Professor On 'Gilligan's Island,' Dies Of Liver Failure At 89

16 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Russell Johnson, who stared as The Professor on Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967), died Thursday, Jan. 16, at 89 years old.

Johnson died of liver failure in the company of his third wife, Constance and his daughter Kim.

“He died at home, peaceful; in his sleep at 5:21 a.m. today. He was a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home,” Constance told ABC News.

Johnson is most known for his role as the resident heartthrob on Gilligan’s Island, but he had a prolific acting career outside of the famed comedy, with appearances on various television shows including Wonder Woman and The Jeffersons.

Johnson, who outlived his fellow male stars of Gilligan’s Island, publicly expressed his fond memories of the beloved show and wrote about his love of Gilligan fans on his website:

“I think, what I love most at this point in »

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R.I.P. Russell Johnson

16 January 2014 1:40 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Actor Russell Johnson, best known for playing The Professor on Gilligan’s Island, has died. He was 89. His longtime agent Mike Eisenstadt told Deadline that Johnson died this morning of natural causes at his home in Washington state. The Pennsylvania native had dozens of TV and film credits during his decades-long career, but it was as Professor Roy Hinkley in 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island for which he is best remembered. Johnson appeared on the show all three seasons it aired on CBS (1964-67). He reprised the role in The Castaways On Gilligan’s Island TV movie in 1979. Deadline recently reported that Warner Bros was planning a feature film based on the series. Russell’s Hollywood career began in the early 1950s, with early roles mainly in westerns including 1953′s The Stand At Apache River and Tumbleweed and sci-fi pics such as It Came from Outer Space (1953), This Island Earth »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Russell Johnson, 'Gilligan's Island' Star, Dead at 89

16 January 2014 1:35 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Russell Johnson, the actor best known as Professor Roy Hinkley on the seminal sitcom Gilligan's Island, died of natural causes this morning, TMZ reports. He was 89.

"Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'" wrote his co-star Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) on Facebook, referencing the duo's initial absence from the Gilligan's theme song, where they were referred to as "the rest." (Star Bob Denver later demanded their names be included.) "I love him and shall miss him," Wells continued. "My heart goes out »

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Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island, Dead at 89

16 January 2014 12:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Russell Johnson, who played Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan's Island, has passed away at age 89. The actor died of kidney failure Thursday at his home in Washington, surrounded by his wife Constance Dane and daughter Kim Johnson. "He died at home, peaceful, in his sleep at 5:21 a.m. today," Dane told ABC News. "[He was] a very brave guy who knew what he wanted, and he wanted to be at home." His death came quickly, says his agent Michael Eisentstadt. "I spoke to him right before the holidays and he did an autograph job," says Eisentstadt. "He had just done that and he was fine. »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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R.I.P. Actor James Avery

1 January 2014 11:49 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

James Avery, the actor who played the family patriarch on NBC’s long-running The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, died December 31 in Glendale, CA after complications from open heart surgery, his publicist said today. Avery was 68.  The classically trained actor had just completed shooting what will be his final role: a part in Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded indie feature Wish I Was Here, which will premiere later this month at Sundance. Avery was born in Atlantic City in 1945 and eventually served in the Navy in Vietnam. He launched his career in entertainment after settling in San Diego after his discharge writing poetry and TV scrips for PBS, and his acting career began in 1980 with an uncredited role in The Blues Brothers movie, according to IMDb. He went on to appear in three decades worth of movies and TV shows — from The Jeffersons to La Law to Grey’s Anatomy on the »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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James Avery: ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Dad Dies At 65

1 January 2014 11:30 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

So sad. The man who is best known for playing Will Smith’s Uncle Phil on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ died on Dec. 31 after suffering complications from a heart surgery.

Rest in peace, Uncle Phil. James Avery passed away on Dec. 31 in a Los Angeles hospital. Unfortunately, after undergoing open heart surgery, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor suffered complications, according to TMZ. He was 65 years old.

James Avery Dies At 65

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played James’ son on Fresh Prince, confirmed the actor’s death in a sad tweet:

I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO

Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014

James’ wife had reportedly been with him throughout the surgery and in recovery. However, she stepped away from his hospital bed for a brief moment, »

- Andrew Gruttadaro

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James Avery, Uncle Phil From '€.Fresh Prince Of Bel Air,' Dead At 65

31 December 2013 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

James Avery, the actor best known for playing Uncle Phil on The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, died Tuesday night following complications from heart surgery.

James Avery Dies

Avery, 65, underwent heart surgery recently for an undisclosed illness and passed away late New Year’s Eve in Glendale, Calif.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Avery’s son on Fresh Prince from 1990-1996, confirmed his death on his Twitter and shared a photo of Avery and his wife, Barbara.

I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/UrW0EeBFbO

Alfonso Ribeiro (@alfonso_ribeiro) January 1, 2014

Avery’s wife was at the hospital at the time of his death, but was reportedly out of his room when he passed away.

James Avery TV, Movies

Though he is arguably best know for Fresh Prince, Avery has acted in a number of television programs. »

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