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BAFTA La Selects Norman Lear for Excellence in Television Award

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles has selected Norman Lear as the recipient of the Britannia Award for Excellence in Television.

He will be honored at the Britannia Awards ceremonies on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Previously announced honorees are Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jane Fonda, Jordan Peele, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“Norman Lear is one of the most inspirational and legendary producers in Hollywood, continually proving that age is just a number with his ability to entertain global audiences for decades and accomplish career milestones at the age of 97,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO, Chantal Rickards. “Throughout his prolific career, the multi-hyphenate has revolutionized the industry, spearheading socially relevant programming and ultimately shaping the trajectory of television.”

Lear, 97, has no plans to retire. His production banner, Act III, has a first look deal with Sony Pictures Television. He serves as executive
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Married With Children: 10 Best Episodes According To IMDb

When Married...With Children debuted in 1987, there was nothing like it on TV. Roseanne hadn’t debuted her blue-collar brand of comedy yet and shows like All In The Family and Sanford And Son were only in reruns. Those reruns were a rarity too unless you had cable. A lot of people didn’t even have Fox, the network that launched the Bundys into existence. If you had Fox, the show was an instant hit, but it took a while for the show to catch on.

Related: Married With Children: 5 Times Steve Was The Best Husband (5 Times Jefferson Was)

Thanks to some disgruntled viewers, more and more people wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and the show took off all over the place. When the series was on, you got episodes like these: the 10 best Married With Children episodes. Here they are, according to IMDb.
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Variety Names Norman Lear First-Ever TV Recipient of Creative Conscience Award

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Variety Names Norman Lear First-Ever TV Recipient of Creative Conscience Award
Norman Lear has been named the Variety‘s first-ever Creative Conscience Award recipient in the field of television.

The prolific producer will receive the award at Variety‘s annual showrunners’ dinner, taking place Sept. 17 in Los Angeles, Calif.

“For nearly 40 years, Norman Lear’s People For the American Way has stood for social justice, compassion and transparency in the way our democracy works, shining a beacon signalling how to move toward our ideals and away from our prejudices, our fears, our greed. Norman’s position as a giant of the industry was established decades ago, but his stature has only grown through the decades while his example of engaged citizenship has shone brighter,” said Variety‘s executive vice president, content and executive editor Steven Gaydos.

As a television producer, Lear is known for sitcoms and variety series dating back to 1954’s “The Martha Raye Show.” Some of his best known properties include “Maude,
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‘Live In Front Of A Studio Audience’: ABC Renews Norman Lear Special For Two More Installments – TCA

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ABC is bringing back Live in Front of a Studio Audience for two more outings. The broadcaster is to air a live holiday special this winter as well as another special in spring 2020.

This comes after Jimmy Kimmel’s live staging on Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons scored over 22M viewers when it aired in May.

The network hasn’t revealed which classic shows are set for either special, but there are plenty of shows to choose from in Lear’s library including Maude, Good Times and Sanford and Son.

Kimmel is once again teaming with Lear and exec producer Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux for the next two installments. They will be produced by Kimmelot, Act III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, Sony Pictures Television and D’Arconville.

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons starred Woody Harrelson,
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Married With Children: 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Al Bundy

It seems very strange now, but in 1987, the Fox Network debuted. Until then, there were just four other networks, and if you had cable, your last name could’ve been Rockefeller. The Fox Network sought to offer a huge amount of alternative programming to the other networks. The very first primetime sitcom the network offered was the now iconic Married...With Children. Codenamed “Not The Cosbys,” the show was definitely an alternative. It was a show for the working class that might identify more with down-on-his-luck Al Bundy than the saccharine "lessons need to be learned every week" TV dads that permeated the eighties sitcom landscape.

Related: Mad About You: 10 Quotes About Relationships That Prove It Was Ahead Of Its Time

The show was a tremendous risk for its time and had plenty of detractors who thought it was too lewd and crude for prime time. But the naysayers
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After ABC’s ratings home run, which other classic sitcom pairings should get the live prime-time treatment? [Poll]

Did you watch ABC’s live re-creations of the classic sitcoms “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”? If you did, you weren’t alone. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. Et, the network’s star-studded reboot of beloved Norman Lear-created sitcoms in real time averaged 10.36 million viewers and 1.7 demo rating, beating the rest of the prime-time competition. That marks a six-month high for ABC in the 90-minute Wednesday night time period.

Part of the draw of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel‘s brainchild were the stars involved, with Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Marisa Tomei as wife Edith, and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes as George and Louise Jefferson. Old scripts were used in their original format, including Archie’s non-pc slurs. Foxx did flub a line and broke character — but that is what happens sometimes when you are working without a net. Also on board was Will Ferrell and
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Nathaniel Taylor Dies: "Sanford And Son" Sidekick Rollo Was 80

Nathaniel Taylor Dies:
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor best known for playing smooth-talking sidekick Rollo Lawson on 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son, died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

His death was announced on social media by his friend, the music promoter Alonzo Williams. According to Williams, the actor was hospitalized on Feb. 23 after suffering a heart attack.

Although Taylor had a few small guest roles on television in the early ’70s – credited as Jita Hadi on The Bold Ones and The Bill Cosby Show – it was his recurring role on the 1972-77 Sanford and Son that brought lasting fame among the show’s still-considerable fan base. His Rollo, a streetwise character typically dressed in the snazziest of hip clothes, was the best friend of Demond Wilson’s Lamont Sanford and forever the target of often-justified scorn and mistrust of Redd Foxx’s Fred Sanford.
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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80

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Nathaniel Taylor, Rollo Lawson on ‘Sanford and Son,’ Dies at 80
Nathaniel Taylor, the actor who played Rollo Lawson on the 1970s sitcom “Sanford and Son,” died Feb. 27 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 80.

As part of the recurring cast on “Sanford and Son,” Taylor appeared in 32 episodes from 1972 through 1977. Taylor’s character, Rollo Lawson, was Lamont Sanford’s best friend and often a target of Fred Sanford’s ire, who believed Rollo was a criminal since he had spent time in jail. Taylor went on to have a role as part of the main cast in season one of the short-lived “Sanford and Son” spinoff “Sanford,” which aired from March 1980 to June 1981.

Taylor also appeared in “Sanford and Son” star Redd Foxx’s eponymous sitcom, “The Redd Foxx Show,” as the first version of Jim-Jam. The series was canceled after 12 episodes due to low ratings.

In addition to his work in the “Sanford” universe,
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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]

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Norman Lear 96th birthday: 4 red carpet interviews with Lear, Jimmie Walker, Marla Gibbs, Adrienne Barbeau [Watch]
TV legend Norman Lear celebrated his 96th birthday this week at a star-studded event sponsored by Aarp. Gold Derby was on-hand at the Sunset Tower Hotel and snagged red carpet interviews with Lear and the stars of some of his most popular television shows: Adrienne Barbeau (“Maude”), Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons”), and Jimmie Walker (“Good Times”). Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

The event, hosted by Wendie Malick, was part of Aarp’s inaugural TV for Grownups Honors. Egot recipient Rita Moreno, who stars in the Netflix reboot of Lear’s “One Day at a Time,” presented the legendary producer with the award. And also in attendance were John Amos, who played Walker’s father in Lear’s “Good Times,” Ed Begley Jr., Frances Fisher, Robert Forster, Michael McKean, Bob Saget and many more.

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The Top 10 Fred Sanford Quotes of All-Time

Redd Foxx is a popular comedian who was the star of television’s “Sanford and Son” which aired in the 1970’s. To be honest, if this show tried to make it to network television in the current climate of political correctness it would end up on the cutting room floor – from day one. Foxx, who played the character of Fred , was surrounded by his aunt Esther, son Lamont, friends Grady and Bubba, and several other characters who would drop in from time to time. The unseen character who was regularly present was his late wife, Elizabeth. As Fred he

The Top 10 Fred Sanford Quotes of All-Time
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Andy Samberg on Returning to NBC With ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: ‘It Feels Like Home’

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Andy Samberg on Returning to NBC With ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: ‘It Feels Like Home’
Over the turbulent two-day period of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s” cancellation on Fox and it’s subsequent pickup for a sixth season on NBC, star Andy Samberg says that now that the dust has settled, he’s thrilled where the show ended up.

“I would’ve been happy almost anywhere because I love this show so much and I wanted to keep doing it, but for me personally having already spent time working at NBC, I really enjoyed that experience,” Samberg, who worked on “Saturday Night Live” for eight seasons, told Variety at “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” For Your Consideration event on Wednesday.

Immediately, the actor and comedian said that he felt at ease returning to the network where he got his start, remembering, “Literally when we flew out to New York for Upfronts, I was welcomed back to New York by all of the security guards at 30 Rock. They were like ‘Hey!
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Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) poised for Emmy return 31 years after winning Egot

Rita Moreno (‘One Day at a Time’) poised for Emmy return 31 years after winning Egot
Can Rita Moreno make an Emmy comeback for “One Day at a Time” after a 35-year absence from the awards? As the wise-cracking grandmother of a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles, CA, Moreno has the kind of showy supporting role that brought Emmys to Estelle Getty (“The Golden Girls”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), who could actually return herself this year for that show’s revival. And given that her Netflix series is a reboot of a 1970s sitcom from Norman Lear, whose hit shows “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” made him King of the Emmys that decade, it would almost feel like a done deal, right? Well, almost.

The Egot recipient was widely expected to reap a Best Comedy Supporting Actress nomination for the show’s first season in 2017, but was snubbed.
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Quincy Jones Rips on Taylor Swift’s Music: ‘We Need More Songs … Not Hooks’

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Quincy Jones Rips on Taylor Swift’s Music: ‘We Need More Songs … Not Hooks’
You probably shouldn’t hold out hope for a collaboration between Taylor Swift and Quincy Jones anytime soon. Legendary music producer Jones, whose credits include Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the theme song from “Sanford and Son,” took aim at “Reputation” singer Swift in a wide-ranging GQ interview published Monday. While Jones expressed admiration for artists such as Bruno Mars, Ludacris and Common, when the subject of Swift came up, GQ said, Jones “made a face, somewhere between disapproval and disdain.” Also Read: Taylor Swift Fires Back at 'Shake It Off' Lawsuit Asked why he thought Swift’s music fell short, Jones replied, “We need more...
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How well do you know iconic vans from TV and movies?

Are you able to differentiate between the Mystery Machine and the A-Team van? Ok, that one might have been a little too easy — how about the Mutt Cutts from the Pussy Wagon?

See just how much you know about some of the most iconic vans from TV and movies by taking this fun quiz put together by the UK’s largest used van retailer Van Monster.

Questions The video to which Lady Gaga song features Kill Bill’s bright yellow Chevrolet Silverado SS — aka the Pussy Wagon? Poker Face Just Dance Bad Romance Telephone Who owns the Mystery Machine in the Scooby-Doo series? Daphne Fred Velma Shaggy Who drives the A-Team van? Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus John ‘Hannibal’ Smith Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck H.M ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock Which feature wasn’t present inside the Tour Vehicles seen in the original Jurassic Park movie? Leather interior Night-vision goggles A drinking
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Peter Baldwin, Emmy-Winning ‘The Wonder Years’ Director, Dies at 86

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Peter Baldwin, Emmy-Winning ‘The Wonder Years’ Director, Dies at 86
Peter Baldwin, the Emmy-winning television director whose many credits include “The Wonder Years,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Sanford and Son,” has died. He was 86. Baldwin passed away on Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, California. He is survived by his son Drew, the CEO of Tubefilter and executive producer of the Streamy awards; as well as his wife Terry, two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also Read: David Cassidy's Last Words Will Break Your Heart As a director, Baldwin has more than a hundred credits on various TV shows, including “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Partridge Family,
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Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86

Della Reese, Music Legend and Touched By an Angel Star, Dead at 86
Della Reese, the vocal powerhouse who later starred as heaven-sent Tess on the television series Touched By an Angel, died Sunday evening at age 86.

She leaves behind children James, Franklin, and Dominique, as well as husband Franklin Lett. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through
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Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89

Robert Guillaume, TV's 'Benson,' Dead at 89
Robert Guillaume, who played Benson DuBois on 'Soap' and 'Benson,' has died after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 89. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Robert Guillaume, who played the quick-witted and sarcastic Benson DuBois on Soap and the spinoff Benson, has died. His widow, Donna Brown Guillaume, told The Associated Press that he died at home in Los Angeles where he was battling prostate cancer. He was 89.

In 1977, Guillaume took on the role of DuBois, a butler to the wealthy Tate family, on ABC's soap-opera parody sitcom Soap.
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Amazon Prime Day: Big TV Box Set Deals Include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ and British Dramas

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Amazon Prime Day: Big TV Box Set Deals Include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Rick and Morty’ and British Dramas
It’s Amazon Prime day, and some of the site’s hottest deals are on the home entertainment side. IndieWire combed through this year’s offerings to find the TV box sets on sale – including deals as high as 64 percent of normal retail prices. Offerings include the complete first six seasons of “Game of Thrones” (catch up now – but hurry, Season 7 is about to begin!) and the second season of “Rick and Morty” (again, with Season 3 around the corner, now’s the time to jump on board).

Other box set offerings include British dramas like “Downton Abbey,” “Doctor Who” and “The Doctor Blake Mysteries,” as well as several seasons of 1990s cop drama “NYPD Blue” and classic TV event “The Thorn Birds” and vampire series “Dark Shadows.” Here’s your chance to fill out your DVD and Blu-ray library, but hurry – all of these deals have expiration times, and once 100% of inventory is sold out,
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Ava DuVernay Tells Norman Lear That Obama Is ‘100 Percent’ Black

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Ava DuVernay Tells Norman Lear That Obama Is ‘100 Percent’ Black
Norman Lear and Ava DuVernay are two Hollywood headliners who have never shied away from addressing the country’s biggest elephant in the room — race relations. They lived up to form on Tuesday, as the writer and producer behind iconic sitcoms like “Good Times” and “Sanford and Son” and the director of “Selma” and the “13th” bantered about the 44th president of the United States in terms that had some in the gilded audience chuckling nervously. At a morning panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, moderator and NBC News correspondent Alex Witt asked Lear and DuVernay about.
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Peabody Awards Name Norman Lear and Independent Television Service Winners

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Peabody Awards Name Norman Lear and Independent Television Service Winners
The Peabody Awards will honor Norman Lear and the Independent Television Service (Itvs) at a New York gala in May for its 76th edition. Lear and Itvs were selected due to their contributions for storytelling in television, said Peabody spokesperson Margaret Blanchard in a statement. The television writer and producer will be receiving the Individual Award for his role in changing how we view sitcoms. They were a typically “white-bread medium” before Lear came along, Blanchard said, and he introduced diverse characters into shows such as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” and “The Jeffersons.” Also Read:
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