CBS is paying tribute to the late, great Norman Lear with a fantastic new special on his legacy!
Considered one of the more revolutionary and daring creators in television history, Norman Lear’s legacy as a trailblazer is assured. With All in the Family, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Maude, and more, Lear broke taboos on what TV shows, especially comedies, could address in terms of race, culture, social norms and other issues.
Honored with more awards than one could count, Lear passed away this week at the age of 101. Tributes to him poured in from all parts of the entertainment world and, in a rare show of solidarity, all five networks aired a special tribute card to Lear before their primetime programming on Wednesday Night.
Pluto has begun a special marathon of his shows in his honor, but CBS (where Lear got his start with All in the Family) will be putting together something special on Friday, December 8.
What is the Norman Lear special?
Titled Norman Lear: A Life on Television, the one-hour special is presented by Entertainment Tonight. Per Deadline, it’s hosted by Nischelle Turner and features interviews with stars of the long-running comedies Lear created, including Jimmie Walker from Good Times and Mackenzie Phillips from One Day At A Time, in addition to never-before-seen interviews from the ET vault. The special also includes Lear’s interview with ET host Kevin Frazier when he celebrated his 100th birthday. It’ll air Friday, December 8 at 8/7c and will also be streaming on Paramount+.
This should be a terrific way to honor Lear, his legacy and the way he transformed television forever. For the man’s millions of fans and TV lovers as well, this special is the best way yet to remember Norman Lear and his impact on the industry.
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