Norman Lear is on his way back to television after his longtime passion project, Guess Who Died, that he has developed with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, got a pilot order from NBC. The single camera comedy set in a retirement village is something the 95-year old came up with seven years ago and has been trying to get it made ever since. Lear refers to it as a, “show about the elderly that nobody wants.”
Lear said that it was taking awhile to find a home because people read it, liked it but said it wasn’t there demographic. He said he wrote it because its about people who are underrepresented. Lear and Tolan have worked on a spec scrit for the last 8 months and it was picked up by NBC, once the home of the Golden Girls. The network spoke at the TCA Summer tour about diversity and looking at projects for more groups including the elderly.
Tolan’s work also includes Murphy Brown and The Larry Sanders Show. Lear is the writer-producer behind such classic TV sitcoms as All In The Family, Sanford And Son, One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times and Maude. Lear is one of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.