By now we’ve learned not to underestimate Norman Lear, the guy who, arguably, changed TV comedy more than anyone else, with the likes of “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Even his reboot of his 1975-84 series “One Day at a Time,” currently on Netflix, is better than it has any right to be.
Lear, 95, is currently working on a new comedy pilot. The comedy will be single-camera — which means it won’t include those audience laughs associated with Lear’s shows — and, if it gets picked up, it will be on NBC. It’s called “Guess Who Died,” and it will focus on the folks at a senior community in Palm Springs. I’m thinking “The Golden Girls” by way of “Modern Family”?
Lear co-wrote the pilot with Peter Tolan, of “Rescue Me,” “The Job,” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” A few stars are already on board to play the members of the community, including Christopher Lloyd, Holland Taylor, and Hector Elizondo. Please please please be good.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.