A certifiable TV legend joins me today on the premiere episode of a new season of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens, exploring key artists behind the scenes who make the hit shows and movies we love. This new season of the series is tied to the Emmy race, and I will interviewing numerous big names to see what makes them tick and how they have succeeded in a very tough and changing business.
Who better to start with than the 95-year-old mastermind behind some of TV’s most iconic shows including All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Sanford and Son and so many others? One of those shows he made in the 1970s, One Day at a Time, has been rebooted with a Cuban American family for Netflix. It will now have a third season after two successful years on the streaming service, and Lear is again right at the center of it at an age where you aren’t likely to find any other TV creators still living, much less working and thriving.
Lear talks about the success of the One Day reboot, as well as his hopes for yet another new show, Guess Who Died?, set in a retirement home and piloted as a potential new NBC series. He also talks politics, the Declaration Of Independence (which he once owned), his secret for keeping going, and what it is like to get a standing ovation every time you walk into a room.
Check out our conversation above.