when legendary sitcom producer Norman Lear kicked off the book tour for his 2014 memoir, Even This I Get to Experience, the head of production and development at his company, Act III Productions, had a thought. “I wanted to get him back into TV to show people how relevant he still is,” said Brent Miller, the Act III executive. “It’s something people miss.” The idea to revive one of Lear’s legacy properties — the 1975 CBS sitcom One Day at a Time — was floated, but with one crucial difference, driven by the results of a marketing survey showing that single Latina mothers are a desirable target demographic: This time, it would center on a Latino family. Miller met with Sony Pictures Television, which owns the original series, and, after some finagling, the studio green-lit the project. Sony wanted veteran writer-producer Mike Royce, who had a deal at the studio, to be involved. “Once they gave me the … [Read more...] about After Two Decades Away, Norman Lear Has a New TV Show
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Twenty years ago, 42 million viewers watched the now famous Puppy Episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom, Ellen. That night her character finally admitted what DeGeneres herself had recently revealed on the cover of Time magazine – when the fictional Ellen told Susan (Laura Dern), the woman she had the hots for, that she was gay – all over an airport Tannoy. In reality, the declaration reverberated even more loudly. Though the episode was a ratings success and subsequently won a Peabody award, the backlash was vicious and so damaging that for a long time DeGeneres thought her career might never recover. Dern has said that her part in the episode lost her work. There were advertising boycotts and protests. ABC renewed the show for another season, but took the decision to slap a “parental advisory” warning at the beginning of each episode, despite the fact that the comedy was gentle, to say the least. It was criticised for being “too gay”, even by … [Read more...] about Did Ellen’s coming out episode really change TV for LGBT characters?
(CNN)Here is some background information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender milestones in the United States. Timeline:1924 - The Society for Human Rights is founded by Henry Gerber in Chicago. It is the first documented gay rights organization. 1950 - The Mattachine Society is formed by activist Harry Hay and is one of the first sustained gay rights groups in the United States. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals. April 1952 - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. April 27, 1953 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order that bans homosexuals from working for the federal government, saying they are a security risk. Read More September 1955 - The first known lesbian rights organization in the United States forms in San Francisco. Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). They host private social functions, fearing police raids, threats of violence and … [Read more...] about LGBT Rights Milestones Fast Facts
Property Brothers, unlike property taxes, are always welcome in New Jersey. But don't expect Jonathan and Drew Scott, the house-flipping heroes of a reality-TV empire, to be bring their awls and tape measures to the Garden State any time soon. More: Lyndhurst Pastry Shop, Taskin Bakery to be featured on Food Network show 'Baked' More: Long snubbed on the small screen, LGBT community found acceptance and fame on reality TV More: This is how you can binge-watch TV shows with a Bergen County tie "We actually almost came to New Jersey," says Jonathan, the older identical twin (by four minutes). "But we ended up casting all the spots in the Westchester-Connecticut area. And because they like to mix up regions, we went to Nashville after that, and now we're in Calgary, and after that, Las Vegas." They'll get to New Jersey — they promise. "Jersey is up on the list," Jonathan says. Meanwhile, as a consolation prize, they'll visit Clifton on … [Read more...] about The Property Brothers — but not their show — are coming to NJ
USA TODAY Network reporters spoke to U.S. athletes in a variety of sports about their best memories of these Games and their plans for the future. Gus Kenworthy Olympic skier in slopestyle for 2018 who spoke to us through P&G, one of his sponsors. What has this Olympics meant to you? I think this Olympic experience has been incredible. It’s meant so much to be here, to get to come back to the Olympics for a second time to represent the U.S., and also to represent the LGBT community, because I didn’t get to do that in Sochi and I was in the closet. So regardless of not getting a medal this time and getting a medal last time, I think I’m leaving here just as proud if not more proud this time around. Best memory? My best memory was meeting Adam (Rippon). Had you guys not met before? We hadn’t met prior to the Games. We’d been following each other on social and exchanged numbers and then texting. I’d been supporting him during his … [Read more...] about Olympians share their best memories, biggest surprises of 2018 Winter Olympics