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THR Icon: At 100, Norman Lear Looks Back (And Ahead) at What’s Changed Since the ‘Maude’ Abortion Episode

“I’m the one in the white hat,” Norman Lear announces as he and his producing partner, Brent Miller, several decades his junior, appear in Zoom boxes in late August. At 100, the “newly minted centurion,” as he proudly describes himself, still appreciates a laugh. After all, the white hat has been the signature of Lear’s […]

Making of ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’: “It Was an Exhausting Time, and We Wanted to Just Have Fun”

While the episodes chosen from All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Good Times for the first installments of ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which aired in 2019, were picked to reflect the timeliness of ’70s politics and social issues, it was a different topical phenomenon altogether that dictated the theme of […]

TV Ratings: ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life’ Redos Post Decent Numbers for ABC

The third Live in Front of a Studio Audience special on ABC came up short of its predecessors in the ratings, but it still led primetime Tuesday among adults 18-49 — and provided a decent launchpad for the network’s comedy Abbott Elementary. CBS’ FBI led the night in total viewers, and the People’s Choice Awards […]

ABC’s ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience: The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes’: TV Review

The live versions of the beloved sitcoms featured Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, John Lithgow and a double-dose of Ann Dowd.

Norman Lear and Brent Miller Hope to “Lighten Things Up” With Third ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ Installment

Norman Lear is 99 years old, but the legendary TV producer says he feels 14 watching rehearsals for Tuesday night’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience. Airing on ABC and produced by Sony Pictures Television, the third installment of the franchise will feature live reenactments of The Facts of Life and Diff’rent Strokes with […]

Jon Stewart Boards ABC’s Live ‘Facts of Life’ Restaging

ABC’s Facts of Life re-creation has added another big name to its cast. Jon Stewart has joined Jennifer Aniston, Gabrielle Union, Kathryn Hahn and Allison Tolman in the cast for the live episode, part of the network’s third Live in Front of a Studio Audience special, set to air Dec. 7. Stewart will be playing […]