Friday, June 21, 2024

Norman Lear 100th Birthday Special Will Air on ABC, Not CBS Home of All His Shows


Norman Lear is not keeping it All in the Family.

ABC just announced they’re airing a 100th birthday special in his honor on September 22nd.

This is weird. If you recall, all of Lear’s landmark shows were on CBS. All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, One Day at a Time. They were all on CBS. Only Diffrent Strokes and The Facts of Life were on NBC.

But the facts of life are this: Jimmy Kimmel is on ABC and he was the one who revived Lear’s shows with live broadcasts on that network. Kimmel and ABC stole CBS’s thunder.

ABC doesn’t say who’s on the special yet or what form it will take, but I’d expect Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers, Valerie Bertinelli, Adrienne Barbeau, Jimmy JJ Walker, John Amos and anyone else who’s still around from the shows as well as all the girls from Facts of Life.

Roger Friedman
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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