Lear is being honored for his work on such shows as "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men" and "Dharma and Greg" - "series have impacted television on a level that we rarely see," said PGA Awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca in a statement.
"In a TV landscape that often feels saturated with homogenized, interchangeable series, his distinctive voice and commitment to vivid, one-of-a-kind characters have made him one of the true mainstays of our weekly television schedule," McCreary and De Luca said. "Lorre is the definition of an iconic comedy producer, and we are so pleased to honor him this year."
Said Lorre: "Norman Lear is a legend in this business and one of comedy's true kings. I have to admit that I've been tongue-tied and starstruck just standing in the same room with him. Needless to say, being associated with his artistry, much less to be honored in his name, is both humbling and inspiring -- and more than a little embarrassing. I'm deeply grateful to the Producers Guild for acknowledging my work in this extraordinary fashion."
Past recipients of the Norman Lear Award include J.J. Abrams, Don Mischer, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Bud Yorkin, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Lear.
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