For his 96th birthday Norman Lear, signed a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures TV. The agreement will include reimagining such TV-landscape-changing series as All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, according to Entertainment Weekly. While nothing is currently in the works, the production partnership will include Lear’s Act III production company, and his producing partner, Brent Miller.
“I couldn’t be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid,” Lear told EW.
Sony currently produces the reboot of Lear’s classic series One Day At A Time, which is in season 3 on Netflix. Developed and executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellet and Mike Royce, the reboot follows newly single Army vet Penelope, played by Justina Machado), and her Cuban-American family. The original series One Day At A Time aired on CBS from 1975-1984.
Sony TV is also working on Lear’s passion project, Guess Who Died, which is set in a retirement home. He had been pitching the script for seven years.
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“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Brent and Norman,” Sony Pictures TV President Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter said in a joint statement, via EW. “Norman is an icon in our industry and it’s a dream come true to be working with him. We’re excited to create more magic with Norman and Brent.”
World War II veteran Lear, who started out as a publicist because his press agent uncle flipped quarters at him, won four Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. He is one of the fathers of socially relevant television and the founder of People For the American Way.
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