Radio/TV museum fetes Caesar, Lear, ‘NYPD’

Tributes to Sid Caesar and Norman Lear will bookend the Museum of Television & Radio’s 11th annual television festival, to be held March 2-19 at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

The 16-program event also will include sessions featuring two of TV’s top-rated comedies, “Roseanne” and “Home Improvement,” as well as the first-year ABC dramas “NYPD Blue” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Other relative newcomers are the sophomore series “Mad About You,””Love & War” and syndicated “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

Vintage series, meanwhile, will be honored through cast-creative team reunions of “Dallas,””Barney Miller,””Lou Grant,””WKRP in Cincinnati,””Hart to Hart” (currently being revived through NBC movies) and “77 Sunset Strip.” The festival will also recognize the acclaimed TV movie “Special Bulletin,” produced by current NBC West Coast prexy Don Ohlmeyer.

Those reunited for the Caesartribute on March 2, including selected clips from “Your Show of Shows,” will be Gary Belkin, Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca, Nanette Fabray, Larry Gelbart, Sheldon Keller, Gisele MacKenzie, Lorne Michaels, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner, Danny Simon, Neil Simon and Mel Tolkin.

This year’s festival is underwritten in part by the Laura Pels Foundation. Tickets are currently on sale for Museum and LACMA members (the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is not a sponsor this year) and will be available to the general public beginning Friday.

A list of programs:

March 2: “A Salute to Sid Caesar,” 7 p.m.; March 3: “Lou Grant,” 7; March 4: “Mad About You,” 7, “WKRP in Cincinnati,” 9:30 p.m.; March 5: “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” 7, “Dallas,” 9:30; March 9: “Barney Miller,” 7; March 10: “Special Bulletin,” 7; March 11: “77 Sunset Strip,” 7, “Love & War,” 9 :30; March 12: “Hart to Hart,” 7, “Roseanne,” 9:30; March 16: “NYPD Blue,” 7; March 17: “Home Improvement,” 7; March 18: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” 7; March 19: “An Evening With Norman Lear.”

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