Friday, June 14, 2024

TV Legend Norman Lear, Age 95, Shooting New Pilot About Life, Sex in Nursing Home


Norman Lear, age 95 and about to be honored by the Kennedy Center, never stops. He is some kind of living miracle. Today a casting call went out for his new series. His NEW series. In the 1970s, Lear produced landmark comedies like “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times.”

Lear already has a hit Latino version of his 70s sitcom “One Day at a Time” on Netflix. But he’s not going to stop there.

Now, with TV veteran Peter Tolan, he’s got “Guess Who’s Dead?” a droll comedy set in a Palm Springs nursing home with frisky post “Golden Girl” types. There are also young people as regulars, so the whole thing isn’t liver spots. The show comes from NBC and Sony.

Last year at the Austin Film Festival, Lear and Tolan tested out a reading of a pilot script. Robert Walden (from “Lou Grant”) and Oscar nominee June Squibb (“Nebraska”) played Murray and Patricia, a Jew and an Irish Catholic who fall in love when Murray’s wife who’s also her sister, dies. You can see a clip here:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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