“We thought maybe we were a record as a couple,” Norman Lear said, which they technically are, edging the tandem of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, who received acting nominations as octogenarians for a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie in 1994. (Cronyn was nominated again a few years after Tandy’s death.)
Lear collected Emmys in the 1970s when his landmark sitcom “All in the Family” won three times as best comedy series. He was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1984.
In an interview with CNN, Lear — whose boundary-pushing shows dealt with everything from racism and gay rights to abortion in a controversial “Maude” episode — said he isn’t surprised that networks are still skittish about dealing with hot-button issues. “It’s a new set of executives, [but] the same old buildings,” he quipped. “They are reincarnated.”
“We’ll have our own little party,” Lyn Lear said.
In 2000, he purchased a signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, orchestrating a 50-state road trip of the document to spur civic activism.
Regarding the nomination for “The Great Hack,” Lyn Lear said her main hope is that it will inspire people to see the film, given the subject matter’s timeliness heading into another election and concerns about voting.
Norman Lear said he’s not necessarily surprised that his decades-old work still resonates today, while crediting the writers of “One Day at a Time” with breathing new life into that series. “I’m there to help,” he said. “But they’re carrying the weight.”
But Lear — who has questioned whether a show like “All in the Family” would find a home in the current network landscape — did take issue with the description of his shows as “edgy,” either then or now.
“Edgy is what others wrote about it, but I never thought it was edgy,” he said. “We were simply dealing with the problems that existed in our culture.”