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NBC Orders Norman Lear Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

Proposed Series is Seven Years in the Making

Legendary sitcom producer Norman Lear, the creator of “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and “One Day at a Time,” among others, has a new sitcom on the horizon: “Guess Who Died” for NBC. The proposed series, which was ordered to pilot by the Peacock net and is inspired by 95 year-old Lear, is described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. It is based on Lear’s personal experiences and will be told in partnership with Peter Tolan’s (“Rescue Me,” “Murphy Brown,” The Larry Sanders Show”) authentic and irreverent voice.

Lear, one of this year’s Kennedy Center honorees, and Tolan will executive produce via their production companies, Act III Productions and The Cloudland Company, respectively, alongside Lear’s associate Brent Miller.

“The right people read it, the right people thought it’s funny, but the right people said it’s not our demographic,” said Lear in a recent documentary, lamenting TV networks’ obsession with younger demos. “I wrote it because we are so underrepresented.”

No casting for “Guess Who Died” has been announced yet.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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. Amen Norman Lear. We are not appreciated and we watch more shows then the younger demo. And we watch all kinds of shows. Well spoken…