Norman Lear News

Date Of Birth:
July 27, 1922 (92)
Birth Place:
New Haven, CT, USA
Gender:
Male
Tony-Winner David Hyde Pierce Joins CBS' THE GOOD WIFE
by TV News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce will join the critically acclaimed drama THE GOOD WIFE in a recurring role during the show's upcoming sixth season. Pierce will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to affect change. The role will mark Pierce's first appearance in a television series since "Frasier" ended its run in 2004. (more...)

Unicorn Theatre to Present HANDS ON A HARDBODY, 9/3-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Hands on a Hardbody is a new rock musical about 10 Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end and armed with nothing but hope and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In this hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American dream. (more...)

mun2 Wins Two Imagen Awards at 29th Annual Event
by TV News Desk - Aug 05, 2014

mun2, the modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos, won two Imagen Awards for “Combate Americas” and “Larry Hernandez: El Presidente” at the 29th Annual Imagen Awards last Friday night. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet at the 2014 Imagen Awards
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 02, 2014

The Imagen Awards were presented at a gala black-tie dinner on Friday evening, August 1st, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom and will air as a one hour special on PBS SoCaL on Saturday, September 27th at 10pm PT. The Imagen (pronounced ee-mah-hen) Awards program was established in 1985 from a suggestion by veteran television producer Norman Lear to encourage and recognize the positive portrayals of Latinos in the media. Later, as The Imagen Foundation, it expanded its programs and initiatives to further its mission to serve as a bridge between the Latino community and the entertainment industry in providing access, education, and resources for Latinos in the industry, as well as those seeking careers in entertainment. More information on the organization as well as details of the event can be found online at www.imagen.org. (more...)

Casting Legend Marion Dougherty to Receive 2014 Governors Award at Creative Emmys
by TV News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Late casting director Marion Dougherty - known for discovering All in the Family's Archie Bunker, will receive the 2014 Governors Award at the 66th Creative Arts Emmys. (more...)

VOICES OF SWORDS to Run 8/15-9/7 at Walkerspace
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

In 'Voices of Swords' by Kari Floren, the late thirties son of a woman facing heart surgery hires a forty-something personal organizer to minister to his lonely yet indomitable mother. The organizer is already struggling unsuccessfully to reunite her own family. As she is sorely tested by this job, her growing toward the light is an object lesson to Baby Boomers, whose struggles to care for dependent parents are a preoccupation of our age. The comedic drama will be presented August 15 to September 7 by Right Down Broadway Productions at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street. Eve Brandstein directs a cast of mostly Broadway regulars including Loni Ackerman, Bob Ari, Phillip Christian, Gillien Goll, Michael McKenzie and Celia Schaefer. (more...)

Inkwell Theater to Present LUIGI, Beginning 7/18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 09, 2014

Emmy Award winner and Executive Director, Elliot Shoenman, and his son Artistic Director, Daniel Shoenman, founded the Inkwell Theater ten years ago, subsequently establishing national critical acclaim for the company with such productions as the Ovation Award nominated AfterMath, starring Annie Potts. On July 18th they will launch Louise Munson's (Liam Rector Scholar in Fiction) play Luigi, offering Los Angeles audiences a first look at her work when this World Premiere opens at the VS Theatre. (more...)

Media Analytics Strategist Dana Chinn Will Lead USC Annenberg Initiative To Measure Impact Of Media
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

LOS ANGELES, July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Dana Chinn, a media analytics strategist and longtime faculty member at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, has been named Director of the Norman Lear Center's Media Impact Project (MIP). (more...)

Shoshana Bush Follows Aunt, Bonnie Franklin, Into a Musical Career, Debut at The Cornelia Street Cafe, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Jazz Vocalist/storyteller Shoshana Bush will appear at The Cornelia Street Cafe, on Friday June 27th at 6pm, singing the adventurous mix of jazz and American Songbook standards and not so standards for which she's popular on both coasts. Shoshana will be accompanied by Isamu McGregor on piano and Brian Holtz on Bass. Call 212.989.9319. It is her first appearance at this legendary Greenwich Village venue. She has appeared previously at Birdland and Blue Note, where she opened for Jane Monheit as a participant in the Emerging Artist Series in 2013. (more...)

Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington Among WIF Award Recipients
by Movies News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Since 1977, Women In Film, Los Angeles has annually honored exemplary women in the entertainment industry – women who lead by example, who are creative, groundbreaking, and who excel at their chosen fields. (more...)

Letterman, Seinfeld & More Set for Spike TV's ONE NIGHT ONLY: AN ALL-STAR COMEDY TRIBUTE TO DON RICKLES Tonight
by TV News Desk - May 28, 2014

The biggest superstars in comedy will come together on Spike TV to celebrate the legendary career of one of their most beloved icons - Don Rickles. (more...)

Bill Cosby and More Set for Pivot's STAND UP PLANET Documentary Tonight
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

Pivot, Participant Media's TV network targeting Millennials, today announced the upcoming joint premiere of an original two-part documentary special, STAND UP PLANET. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse Presents Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, Now thru 6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. 'What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel,' remarks Wood. 'It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews tonight, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

BREAKING: Seth Meyers Named Host of 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Seth Meyers has been named host of the "66th Primetime Emmy® Awards," to be telecast live Monday, Aug. 25 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) on NBC. The event takes place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. (more...)

Letterman, Seinfeld & More Set for Spike TV's ONE NIGHT ONLY: AN ALL-STAR COMEDY TRIBUTE TO DON RICKLES
by TV News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

The biggest superstars in comedy will come together on Spike TV to celebrate the legendary career of one of their most beloved icons - Don Rickles. (more...)

Nancy Dussault, Conchata Ferrell and JoBeth Williams Among Rotating Cast for Rubicon Theatre's LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 16th Not Your Typical Season with a special run of Love, Loss, and What I Wore -- a witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of such hits as 'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' and 'Silkwood.' (more...)

Winners of the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announced
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, announced on April 12th the winners for its 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD's work to bring LGBT images and stories to people around the world. (more...)

Bill Cosby & More Set for Pivot's STAND UP PLANET Documentary, 5/14
by TV News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Pivot, Participant Media's TV network targeting Millennials, today announced the upcoming joint premiere of an original two-part documentary special, STAND UP PLANET (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present Leslie Caron & David Engel in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, 4/26-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

The Laguna Playhouse Executive and Artistic Directors, Karen Wood and Ann E. Wareham are thrilled to present screen legend Leslie Caron, in her first Southern California theatrical performance in over 25 years! SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS, written by Richard Alfieri, with choreography by Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line) and directed by Michael Arabian (Waiting for Godot). SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will also feature 6-time Ovation Award-winning actor David Engel. "What an honor to have on our stage the incomparable Leslie Caron and the multi-talented David Engel," remarks Wood. "It's a dream cast and a dream come true. With Michael Arabian and Donna McKechnie directing and choreographing, this has to be one of the most anticipated productions in the Playhouse's storied history,' adds Wareham. SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS will begin previews on Saturday, April 26 and will open on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30pm and run through Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

Nancy Dussault, Conchata Ferrell and JoBeth Williams Among Rotating Cast for Rubicon Theatre's LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, 4/16-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Rubicon Theatre continues the company's 16th Not Your Typical Season with a special run of Love, Loss, and What I Wore -- a witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of such hits as 'When Harry Met Sally,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' and 'Silkwood.' (more...)

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