‘All in the Family’ Creator, TV Pioneer Norman Lear To Be Given Legend Award at AAFCA TV Honors

by Jennifer Shea
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“All in the Family” creator Norman Lear will receive the African American Film Critics Association’s Legend Award at the upcoming 3rd annual AAFCA TV Honors.

The awards ceremony had originally been slated to occur at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, at 50 percent audience capacity. That has now been cancelled, Variety reports.

Instead, the event will go virtual this year due to the pandemic. In particular, that’s due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Southern California thanks to the delta strain of the virus. The online-only ceremony will take place on Aug. 21 at 4 p.m. PT.

Norman Lear Thanks Those Who Helped Him Succeed

Lear’s Act III production company is currently working on an animated remake of Lear’s “Good Times,” which Netflix has picked up to series. Act III is also developing a new take on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” for TBS; a comedy series, “Clean Slate,” starring Laverne Cox and George Wallace, for IMDb TV; and an anthology series, “Notes on Love,” with Shondaland, for Netflix.

In a statement, Lear thanked African American performers he’s worked with and AAFCA for the honor. He said he “couldn’t be prouder” to be in the company of such amazing talent.

“As I reflect on the past 99 years of life, I think of all of the those who are responsible for helping me make it this far,” Lear said. “From the Tuskegee Airmen who flew by my side in WWII to the brilliant actors, writers, producers and creators who made me laugh in places I didn’t know existed throughout my career. I’ve said it many times before – laughter adds time to your life.”

Lear Has Worked on Shows That Explore Important Themes

AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson said Lear has developed shows that explore important themes. And he said Lear’s television creations will outlast even Lear, who has already lived to be 99.

“Norman Lear’s work has made such a tremendous impact that creators still feed off of it till this day,” Robertson said. “This award recognizes Mr. Lear’s legacy and impact. His is a footprint whose impact will extend well beyond any of our lives. Using the powerful medium of television, he has truly made the world we live in a much better place. He has made us think about family, poverty, wealth, racism and so much more while making us laugh. And, at 99 years old, he’s still doing it. It is a privilege for AAFCA to honor him with the Legend Award.”

Lear’s past credits include “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Son,” “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “One Day at a Time,” among others. The AAFCA cited the former of those shows for their impact on diversity and inclusion.

More recently, Lear has worked on a “One Day at a Time” revival with a Latinx cast and won a Primetime Emmy Award for “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” which he wrote and executive produced with Jimmy Kimmel.

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