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Even Norman Lear can’t guarantee a remake’s success

Why the reboot of 'One Day at a Time' is a questionable choice for a comeback

FROM CAMPAIGN US: Legendary producer Norman Lear is being honored this Sunday at the newly titled TV Land Icon Awards. Lear, 93, will receive the Impact Icon Award, which honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to American television entertainment and culture.

Lear, of course, made his mark in 1971 with sitcom “All in the Family,” not to mention “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time” and, in late night, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” So I don’t have to tell you how groundbreaking his contributions have been to sitcom television. For more click here

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I’m all for a One Day at a Time reboot as ODAAT is one of my all-time favorite comedies but I just don’t like the direction that they’re going with on the new one so I won’t be supporting it unless I sample it and like it.

      • That’s actually very cool, One Day at a Time was one of the comedies that I always wanted to see live in person as they always had one of the crowds watching their shows love the reactions to serious scenes. Did you get a chance to see the show when Mackenzie Phillips was going through her dark period on there?

        • It was when Mackenzie was back in a guest starring capacity. I saw her in one episode. I used to also go to tapings of The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, Three’s Company, Happy Days, WKRP in Cincinnati, Too Close for Comfort and more.

          • Thanks for answering and that’s interesting because I do remember when Mackenzie started doing guest spots on the show and she was still struggling during that time but I think it worse around that 3rd or 4th season in the late 70s.

            You saw some of the my favorite all-time comedies in person. How was the energy on The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, and Three’s Company sets, those looked like fun crowds too. I love Too Close for Comfort also.

            • I really enjoyed The Facts of Life because I was a big fan at the time. I also saw Happy Days, which I remember was in a much bigger set and took forever to tape.

  2. It’s amazing after watching reruns of those shows, how “PC” the television shows of today have become. ALL IN THE FAMILY, THE JEFFERSONs, ONE DAY AT A TIME and SANFORD and SON were some of the shows I remember watching growing up. Great groundbreaking shows.