The master of the tell-it-like-it-is comedy, Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Sanford and son) will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards.
Renowned television writer and producer Norman Lear is one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees – along with actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie.
They will be recognized during that 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, to be broadcast on Tuesday, December 26th (CBS, 9/8C).
The first edition of Norman Lear’s podcast, All of the Above, debuts today with inaugural guest Amy Poehler.
Subjects that came up include: religious history and its effect on human kind, Amy’s recent pilot with Carol Burnett and how Burnett inspired her high school musical performance in Once Upon a Mattress, and the differing points of views across generations.
Norman Lear is a Hollywood Legend. He has created controversial/topical hit series like All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, One Day at a Time and The Jeffersons.
As he approaches his 95th birthday, Lear has taken on a new challenge – hosting All of the Above, a weekly podcast taking listeners on an enlightening ride of conversation, from comedy to family, current events, music, politics, social issues and more.
Guests will include celebrities (a partial list follows), politicians, and everyday people.
Lear will be joined each week by his great friend, actor, composer and sidekick, Paul Hipp. All of ther Above premieres on podcastone on May 1st.
Unlike another revived/sequelized sitcom at Netflix (*cough*FullerHouse*cough*), the new One Day at a Time is not just a great sitcom, it’s proof that revivifying an old show doesn’t mean it has to be limited by the constraints of the original.
In this case, the new series is – at the very least – a match for the original in virtually every way.