Think the upcoming season's wave of series re-imaginings is the biggest you've seen? Someone hold Norman Lear's beer, as the television legend is celebrating his 96th birthday with a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures TV. As part of the deal, Sony Pictures TV would have the option to re-imagine titles such as All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
"I couldn't be prouder and more excited about joining Sony Pictures Television, who has the guts to go with a kid." – Norman Lear
Sony Pictures TV and Lear have had a solid working relationship before the announcement of this deal, with Sony owning the Norman Lear library. The studio produces Netflix's reboot of Lear's classic series One Day at a Time. Sony Pictures TV was also the home to Lear's passion project, Guess Who Died, a retirement home comedy script he had unsuccessfully tried to sell for nearly a decade. Partnering with Peter Tolan, the studio sold the project to NBC as a pilot; but when the pilot wasn't picked up for series, the studio searched for another home.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to be expanding our relationship with Brent and Norman. Norman is an icon in our industry and it's a dream come true to be working with him. We're excited to create more magic with Norman and Brent." – Jeff Frost, President, SPT; Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, Co-Presidents, SPT
This Netflix-original comedy-drama is inspired by Norman Lear's 1975 series of the same name. This time around, the series follows the life of Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, and her Cuban-American family, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. Now a nurse, Penelope is raising two strong-willed children. When faced with challenges, Penelope turns to her "old-school" mother, and her building manager, who has become an invaluable confidant. The series offers a contemporary take on what life looks like in both good and bad times, and how loved ones can help make it all worthwhile.