November 4, 2000
Interesting to note that just one day after Calendar ran an article on ageism toward television writers ("An Age-Old Question Persists in Television," Nov. 1, by Brian Lowry), I read of the death of TV writer Larry Rhine. Rhine, who died at age 90, wrote for many television programs, including "All in the Family," for which he won various awards. If my math is correct, that would have made him in his 60s when he churned out scripts for the much-heralded Norman Lear show. What has changed in the last 30 years to have created such a marked change in attitude on the part of network executives where sitcoms are concerned?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1998
A year-old dispute between television producer Norman Lear and his neighbors over a large garage and tennis court Lear built at his Sullivan Canyon home has been resolved, a spokesman for the neighborhood group said. Neighbors who claimed that Lear built his tennis-court-topped garage in violation of city height restrictions have agreed to drop their objections in exchange for a number of changes to the project, said Rob Deutschman, who is Lear's next-door neighbor.
September 6, 1990 |
Norman Lear has dropped plans to produce "Jody Gordon and the News," a five-night-a-week late-night show that had been scheduled to debut on CBS in late October and was to have marked his return to television. A CBS spokesman said Wednesday that Lear, the former producer of "All in the Family," "Maude" and a bevy of other successful sitcoms during the 1970s, wants to concentrate on another series he is producing for CBS' prime-time schedule, "Sunday Dinner," starring Robert Loggia.
October 25, 1990 |
Act III Communications has contracted with the New York investment bank Veronis, Suhler & Associates to find a buyer for Act III Publishing, according to industry sources. Act III Publishing, which owns 10 trade magazines, two newsletters and three directories, is losing millions of dollars annually, according to publishing industry executives. The trade magazines are principally in the television and communications field, and titles include Channels, Marketing & Media Decisions, and Mix.
January 16, 1988
This letter is in reference to NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff's remarks regarding the "new" dramedies ("Don't Write Off the Future of the Dramedies Just Yet" by Howard Rosenberg, Jan. 11). First, just because a new word has been invented, and no laugh track has been used, that doesn't imply that this type of programming hasn't been used before. Take any Norman Lear show ("All in the Family," "Maude," etc.). Now go back a ways to "The Honeymooners," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and especially "The Mary Tyler-Moore Show."
November 11, 1992 |
Portland, Ore.-based Act III Theaters will not show "Malcolm X," director Spike Lee's movie about the slain African-American leader, during its opening weeks at a complex that is closest to Portland's center of black population. But Act III, owned by producer Norman Lear's Act III Communications, appears to be the only major city theater circuit in the nation to take this kind of action in booking the movie.
June 2, 1991 |
Norman Lear was sitting in his expansive, but comfortable Hollywood office reflecting upon more simpler times. "I think everything was easier 20 years ago," Lear, 68, said with a small smile. "Despite George Bush, it was a gentler time. Everything today is about speed and money. No one has time to deal with anything other than how fast they can get something done and how cheap they can get it done. It's a much more difficult atmosphere in which to do anything."
November 1, 1990 |
If not a youth movement, it was at least a movement toward youth Monday night when the People for the American Way gave its Spirit of Liberty Awards to Kathleen Turner and Don Henley at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. In the past, honorees have been older figures--Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers and Barbara Jordan among them. By presenting the award to members of a younger generation, founder Norman Lear hoped to "face the challenge of having more young people involved.
July 4, 2001 |
Just in time for its 225th birthday, the document that led to the United States' creation is hitting the road for a nationwide tour aimed at inspiring political activism among America's youth--and Southern California will be one of its first stops. Standing before the Jefferson Memorial on Tuesday, television and film producer Norman Lear kicked off the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a project that will take an original July 4, 1776, print on a nationwide tour over the next four years.