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October 7, 2016  RSS feed
Culture

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PBS to air documentary on TV producer Norman Lear


(L -R) Norman Lear and “Young Norman” (actor Keaton Nigel Cooke) in “American Masters – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” 
Loki Films / Photo by: Ronan Killeen (L -R) Norman Lear and “Young Norman” (actor Keaton Nigel Cooke) in “American Masters – Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.” Loki Films / Photo by: Ronan Killeen Television writer and producer Noman Lear, largely responsible for the explosion of provocative American television in the 1970s, will be the subject of the PBS American Masters series episode, “Norman Lear: Another Version of You.”

The show will debut on PBS stations throughout the country on Tuesday Oct. 25 from 9-10:30 p.m.

The documentary showcases how a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut became one of television’s most successful showrunners. Bringing subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice to 120 million viewers every week, Lear proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism - laughter - and created some of the great- est moments in television history. The program combines stories from Lear’s turbulent childhood and early career with his groundbreaking TV sitcom successes including All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and his social activism.


(L - R) Jean Stapleton, Carroll O’Connor, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers on the set of “All in the Family.” 
Photo courtesy of CBS Photo Archive (L - R) Jean Stapleton, Carroll O’Connor, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers on the set of “All in the Family.” Photo courtesy of CBS Photo Archive Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) will discuss his fellow showrunner‘s impact on television, show archival footage of Lear on CBS’ Look Up and Live (1972), and discuss the use of stereotypes and racial epithets on All in the Family

The documentary also features stories from Lear’s family, friends and collaborators, including John Amos, George Clooney, Alan Horn, Bill Moyers, Rob Reiner, Phil Rosenthal and Russell Simmons, as well as moments with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Jon Stewart, Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham.


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