While nothing I have done has reached the popularity of The Facts of Life, I have continued to work with some of the most talented people ... And while I won't "tell all" ever, I am going to tell you a bit of my real facts of my life.
Seth MacFarlane's Oscars performance failed less because of racism, sexism, and homophobia than because he forgot what satire is and how it works. The satiric genius of late-night icons like Johnny Carson and beloved fictional curmudgeons like Archie Bunker has been lost in a sea of mindless snark.
With everyone in our world talking about guns and America, I woke up this morning to find an All in the Family clip on YouTube that we produced over 30 years ago that has Archie Bunker on a local news channel doing an editorial on gun control.
We used to be able to take solace in the fact that our favorite old shows were on Nick at Nite, but a quick Google search tells me that Nick at Nite airs That '70s Show, George Lopez and Friends nowadays. Oh, Bewitched, wherefore art thou?
The Bunker family were the epitome of a working class family in a time marked by a failing economy, an unpopular war and a government that simply couldn't get anything right. (Who says this show is outdated?)
The Norman Lear Center gets its name from a man whose belief in the power of entertainment to degrade and to do good, to demagogue and to uplift, to be both gloriously silly and urgently relevant, made him an industry pioneer.
There's a longstanding precedent in place for TV shows that carry the term "Family" in their headers. Television writers have long played up the hostile, bitter and even violent side to families as a way to offset expectations.
Whether you are for or against the President's fully transparent, pre-released address and accompanying, optional food-for-thought exercise, you should do something truly worthy of your time and energy: talk to your kids.