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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 […]

With Age Comes Wisdom: Life Lessons From Podcast ‘70 Over 70’

In the Ambies-nominated podcast, Max Linsky of Pineapple Street Studios interviews 70 remarkable people over (or, in one case, just under) the age of 70 to learn what only experience can teach. A sampling of some of his favorite responses: Producer Norman Lear, 99; Episode 3 “I believe there are two little words that we […]

THR Icon: At 90, Marla Gibbs Looks Back on Career as a Sitcom Queen — “My Romance With the People Is That I’m One of Them”

Marla Gibbs has a motto: “It’s never too late.” And she would know. The beloved actress — whose way with a zinger influenced a generation of funny people, from Wanda Sykes to Tyler Perry — was 44 when, recently relocated from Detroit to L.A., divorced and with very few credits to her name, she auditioned […]

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 […]

Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn Set for ‘The Facts of Life’ Live Reenactment

For one night only, The Facts of Life is poised to get the star treatment. As part of Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience series, the pair has recruited Jennifer Aniston (as Blair) along with Gabrielle Union (Tootie), Allison Tolman (Natalie) and Kathryn Hahn (Jo). Ann Dowd, who will […]

Kevin Hart, John Lithgow, Ann Dowd, Damon Wayans to Star in ABC’s Live ‘Diff’rent Strokes’

Norman Lear is heading back to the Sony lot. The television veteran and Jimmy Kimmel will revive their Emmy-winning Live in Front of a Studio Audience series Dec. 7 with live episodic reenactments of the classic sitcom Diff’rent Strokes and its spinoff The Facts of Life. As Kimmel first revealed on his late night show […]

‘Dean Martin: King of Cool’: Film Review | DOC NYC 2021

Tom Donahue’s documentary celebrates the ultra-laidback, ultra-elusive megastar of nightclubs, records, movies and television.

Irma Kalish, Trailblazing Sitcom Writer and Producer, Dies at 96

She and her late husband worked on such shows as 'All in the Family,' 'Maude,' 'Family Affair' and 'F Troop.'

Norman Lear’s ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ Update Lands at TBS

Norman Lear is celebrating his 99th birthday with a script deal. The legendary writer-producer has set up an updated take on his former comedy Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman at WarnerMedia-backed cable network TBS. The show, which is in the development stage, will star Emily Hampshire in the title role. The Schitt’s Creek alum will also […]

Norman Lear Catalog Heads to Amazon, IMDb TV in Sony Licensing Deal

And there’s Maude … on a streaming platform for the first time. Amazon and Sony Pictures TV have struck a deal that will bring an extensive catalog of legendary producer Norman Lear’s shows to the Amazon’s Prime Video and IMDb TV streaming services. The titles headed to the two platforms are Maude, All in the […]

Jane Fonda Calls for Hollywood to Be Leaders in Diversity: “There’s a Story We’ve Been Afraid to See and Hear”

While accepting the Carol Burnett Award, the 'One Day at a Time,' 'All in the Family,' 'Maude' and 'The Jeffersons' writer-producer also expressed his respect for the award's namesake creator.

‘One Day at a Time’ Boss on Golden Globe Honoree Norman Lear’s Legacy of Humor and Humility

Showrunner Gloria  Calderón Kellett explains why the 98-year-old — set to receive the Carol Burnett Award during Sunday's ceremony — can't be honored enough.