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Norman Lear

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  • 'Mary Hartman,' one more time

     'Mary Hartman,' one more time
    Producer Norman Lear had turned the family sitcom on its head in 1971 with his groundbreaking CBS comedy series "All in the Family." Five years later, he revolutionized the soap opera with his weeknight satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," starring Louise...
  • Awards Season Defined by the Sweet Smell of Excess

    Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," the last major Oscar hopeful to be screened for the media, is an appropriate capper, because the tragicomic film is about excess -- and everything about this year's awards season has been excessive: the...
  • Producers Guild Offers Oscar Clues and a Few Surprises (Analysis)

    In a wide-open year, Hollywood folk are looking for Oscar omens, and today's nominations from the Producers Guild of America offer double reason to celebrate: Aside from earning the honor of being recognized by the guild, these noms have been a good gauge...
  • Oscar-Winning Producer Saul Zaentz Dies at 92

    Producer Saul Zaentz, who won best picture Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," died Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was 92 and had been suffering from Alzheimer's. The entrepreneurial and famously...
  • Two Winners at PGA - 'Gravity' and '12 Years a Slave'

    "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" have wound up in a dead heat as both won the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film -- the first tie in the PGA's 25-year history for the trophy. Ben Affleck announced the awards Sunday...
  • 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' tie for top Producers Guild prize

     'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' tie for top Producers Guild prize
    "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" tied for top honors at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday night, beating front-runner "American Hustle" and throwing open one of the tightest Oscar races in years. "Gravity" producers Alfonso Cuarón and...
  • Racy Chuck Lorre-Ben Affleck Joke Continues Monday On Vanity Cards

    Chuck Lorre got a lot of laughs at the Producers Guild Awards on Sunday with a funny bit about having peeked at Ben Affleck's manhood while in the men's room during the Golden Globe Awards. Now Lorre is continuing his commentary on Affleck's organ on his...
  • Awards Season Blasts Into Party Overdrive with Ballots on the Way

    During awards season, there are always a flood of events. But this week and next are particularly frenzied, for three reasons: Ballots go out next week for the SAG Awards and Nov. 27 for the Golden Globes; and a lot of people are in town for Saturday's...
  • Bill Lawrence, television's anonymous mogul

    Bill Lawrence, television's anonymous mogul
    When he was in his early 20s, Bill Lawrence landed his first staff writing job on ABC's "Billy." In the first days of his new sitcom gig, he would get hungry and would secretly take food, mostly cereal. "Finally the executive producer came around and he...
  • Les Brown, Journalist and Former Variety Scribe, Dead at 84

    Les Brown, a respected journalist who chronicled the growth of the television business for Variety, the New York Times and other publications, died Nov. 4 at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 84. As a reporter tasked with covering the radio business for...
  • Disney Theatrical Developing 'The Princess Bride' for the Stage

    Disney Theatrical Prods. has embarked on a stage adaptation of "The Princess Bride" in a deal shepherded by Alan Horn. With no creative team yet attached, it's not yet been decided whether the developing show will be a play or a musical. Either way the...
  • Gavin MacLeod captains a memoir

    Gavin MacLeod captains a memoir
    This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Gavin MacLeod was a fixture on television for years. From 1970 to 1977, he played sweet-natured news writer Murray Slaughter on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." No sooner did "MTM"...