Norman Lear has written a new sitcom that would focus on older people, under the working title “Guess Who Died?,” derived from a familiar question uttered as senior citizens skim the obituaries.
Perhaps not surprisingly given the youth-obsessed media culture, so far there have been no takers after some preliminary overtures that included circulating the script to a couple of networks.
Still, the legendary 88-year-old producer — whose credits include such shows as “All in the Family” and “Maude” — hasn’t abandoned hope, citing the networks’ stated desire to experiment with out-of-the-box concepts and the resurgence of fellow octogenarian Betty White as a media darling.
Lear remains active both as a philanthropist and politically, having lent his name to the Norman Lear Center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Lear’s last two produced sitcoms aired in the 1990s: “704 Hauser St.,” which focused on a family living at the same address featured in “All in the Family;” and “Sunday Dinner,” about a widower who marries a woman 26 years younger.