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Norman Lear Was Developing Reboot of Popular 70s Sitcom Days Before His Death

Norman Lear Was Developing Reboot of Popular 70s Sitcom Days Before His Death

Norman Lear was developing several TV projects, including a reboot of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman before he passed away. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the television legend, who died Tuesday at the age of 101 from natural causes, was working on his TV slate.

The reboot of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was undergoing a revamp following TBS’s departure from scripted originals and the subsequent release of the project. Emily Hampshire, known for her role in Schitt’s Creek, is still attached to play the title character. She will also co-write and executive produce the reboot. On July 27, 2021, which also happened to be Lear’s 99th birthday, the comedy found its home at TBS after months of development at Sony Pictures Television. Lear and Brent Miller’s Act III Productions, which maintains an active overall deal, continue to be based at Sony.

Sony obtained the rights to Lear’s TV library when it acquired Embassy Communications in 1985. Since then, they have remade One Day at a Time for Netflix/Pop and have been working on other projects. Lear’s overall deal with Sony is still ongoing, and multiple upcoming projects will bear his name.

Several of Norman Lear’s TV Projects Are Still On the Way

Netflix is gearing up for an animated adaptation of the beloved comedy Good Times, originally created by Lear. This revamp will feature the creative talents of mega-producer Seth MacFarlane and NBA star Steph Curry, who will serve as executive producers alongside creator Carl Jones (The Boondocks).

Netflix has also given the green light to The Corps, a drama based on Greg Cope White’s memoir. The series delves into the story of a gay teenager who enlists in the Marines. Miles Heizer (Parenthood) has been cast as the lead, which is being produced by Lear, Sony, and showrunner Andy Parker.

Amazon’s ad-supported streaming service, Freevee, has acquired Clean Slate, a comedy series. The show follows a car wash owner (played by George Wallace) as he reconnects with his estranged child. Developed by writer Dan Ewen in collaboration with Cox and Wallace, the show is also executive-produced by Norman Lear.

The streaming service plans to decide early next year on a potential sequel to Who’s the Boss. Series stars Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano would be set to return. The sequel, created by Mike Royce and Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz, known for their work on One Day at a Time, involves Norman Lear, despite not being the original producer.