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NORMAN LEAR CAN’T SELL A SITCOM

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Norman Lear may have taken on some of the most controversial issues of the day on sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and others, but, he disclosed at the Produced By conference in Los Angeles on Sunday, he can’t get a comedy series that he recently developed on the air. The series is titled Guess Who’s Dead? and it’s set in a retirement community. During his heyday, the almost 92-year-old Lear said, he never was second-guessed or censored by network executives. But things are different these days, he said. In reporting on Lear’s remarks for Dateline.com, David Robb, who has covered labor issues for the Hollywood trade publications for years, commented, “It is particularly ironic that Lear, whose People for the American Way organization long has fought for free speech and civil rights, isn’t free to speak to a wider audience than the one gathered Sunday on the Warner Brothers lot, because what he has to say about ‘the foolishness of the human condition’ is as timeless as it is wise and funny.” Robb noted that three other panelists remarked that they don’t even watch television and “discussed storytelling as if they were meat packagers.”