Celebrating a Century of Talent: ABC Shines a Light on TV Legend Norman Lear with a ‘100 Years of Music and Laughter’ Special

ABC has a special that lasted a century! It’s about a television pioneer who used comedy to push the boundaries in one series after another. “Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter” is a celebration of one man’s life and legacy.

“I’m going to be as surprised and thrilled – or offended – as anyone else,” Lear said.

Norman Lear is still making jokes at 100. The man behind classic sitcoms like “All in the Family,” “Maude,” Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” is the subject of a two-hour special featuring conversations, comedic performances, speeches and a few surprise reunions.

“You know, we were told it was a TV show first and a party second. So that’s a tough line to walk and I think we did a really good job of it. bringing together, you know, reunions as well. like, you know, some of the people who are currently in Norman’s life and some of the people who are just collaborators and fans,” executive producer Brent Miller said.

Miller has worked with Lear for a long time now. And he apparently inherited Lear’s work ethic.

“I don’t know if anyone working with a 100-year-old man could ever dream of retiring,” Miller said.

“Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter” will also feature performances of classic theme songs from his shows, including “Those Were the Days,” written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse for “All in the Family.”

“I’ll never forget the first time I heard it. It was 100% their job,” Lear said. “And I – it was the gift of gifts and it’s been a pleasure all these years to return that gift to the American people.”

“Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter” airs Thursday on ABC, then the next day on Hulu.

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