Lear, 92, said Sony called him a few days ago about the prospect of developing “All in the Family 2015.” He was speaking Friday morning at the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit 2014 in New York.
“Forget the Bunkers, forget the characters you know,” the legendary TV writer and producer said. The 2015 version of “All in the Family” might focus on a Latino family, he added, whereas the original centered on the Caucasian working-class clan from Queens, N.Y. — headed memorably by Caroll O’Conner’s bigoted Archie Bunker.
Lear was called by Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko about a potential “All in the Family” revival. Mosko suggested the project could be either a series or a special.
At the Paley event, Lear was interviewed by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who said he has been “in awe” over Lear’s accomplishments over the years.
Lear, asked what TV shows he’s currently watching, said that he is “utterly taken” with Amazon Studios’ “Transparent,” a dramedy from indie filmmaker Jill Soloway starring Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch of an L.A. family who reveals to its adult children transgender identity.
“I think I’m watching one of the greatest performances of all time,” Lear said. “Jeffrey Tambor is walking the line between hilarity and heartbreak.”