“I’m the one with the white hat”, Norman Lear in his and his production partner Brent Miller (dozens of years younger than him) ) was announced in late August when it appeared in the Zoom box.
exist50, as he proudly describes his “new centurion,” still loves to laugh . After all, the white hat has been Lear’s aesthetic hallmark for most of his career – with seven series airing and more than 120 million. Lear has been known as a sitcom expert over the years, responsible for productions such as All in the Family , Good Times , Maud and Jefferson .
Many of his shows, now part of a catalog mainly owned by Sony Pictures Television, have been reimagined as Day by day for Netflix and popular TV, or revisit as Facts of Life and good times for living in front of the studio audience , Lear and Jimmy Kimmel won an Emmy for their ABC collaboration. September09, the same network will air Norman Lear: 48 Years of Music and Laughter
, a star-studded special to commemorate Lear’s latest milestone, on his Vermont farm in July Celebrate with family.
THR Icon and World War II veteran, major philanthropist, father of six (and father of four) grandfather) and the oldest Emmy winner in history, he insisted that Miller join him in his “honorable struggles” over his childhood dinner table, his struggles with internet censors and his old age. Experienced career renaissance 22.
First of all, happy birthday. How one celebrates 22?
Norman Lear by getting up in the morning. (Laughs.) Got a call from Brent.
That said, “let’s get busy, we’re going to make a million shows”?
Brent Miller other methods. More importantly he told me we had a million shows.
Lear We do have a lot of work to do. ( Laughter. )
Norman, I Knowing that “end” and “next” are buzzwords in your lexicon, but I have to believe that milestones like this, will be celebrated with a TV special that forces some level of reflection…
LearI Interrupting to say “over” and “next” to the hammock in the middle is to live in the moment. And the truth of this moment is that it took me every minute of a hundred years to get to this moment, and every minute and every second of your life has heard me say that.
Descriptors like “icon” and “legend” now accompany your name. Looking back, do you remember the first time in your career when you felt successful or at least safe?
Learabsolute. That was the first time I realized my kids didn’t have to worry about going to college. That was the first time I thought, “My life is comfortable.”
Norman Lear2021. CBS Company via Getty Images
One of your legacy is your willingness or interest in constantly challenging the gatekeepers in terms of your vision. Where does the courage come from?
Lear To the extent I know where it might come from, I think it’s love for America. When I was a kid, I think we knew more about who we are and what we mean than thinking we were God’s chosen people. I’m a combat veteran, I’ve been on a lot of missions in WWII, and I think the love of country has changed. We don’t think that way anymore – there are left and right, not enough community.
There are a lot of stories about you saying “you change it in my script and I’ll walk”. How close do you think you are to that point?
Lear Earlier, moments like the web insisted that Archie [Bunker, of All in the Family] couldn’t say what it was, I think This is simply stupid. Not because I won’t or can’t give in, but because I think if I do, I’ll be a victim of too many of them. It’s easy for me to say, “If that line was removed, I wouldn’t be here tomorrow.” I remember being on a show, driving home thinking it was all over, only to find out when I got home that they hadn’t removed the line .