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ATX TV Festival Interviews: Director of Hollywood, Health & Society Program KATE FOLB

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The Buzz recently attended the 13th season of the ATX TV Festival. Taking place in Austin, TX, this event celebrates the best in television with panel discussions, screenings of current and upcoming programs, and even table readings. What sets it apart from the rest is the opportunity to connect with other TV lovers and appreciate the medium.

Norman Lear’s Producing Partner Reflects on Creating Maude 1972 Abortion Episode: ‘It’s a Slice of Life’

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Nearly six months after Norman Lear's death, his friends and colleagues looked back at a revolutionary storyline from his show Maude. On the closing night of the ATX TV Festival on June 1, Lear's former producing partner and A House on Brame Productions CEO Brent Miller, actress and writer Pamela Adlon, Somebody Feed Phil host Phil Rosenthal and Good Times showrunner Ranada Shepard reflected on Maude's groundbreaking abortion episode, which aired in 1972 on CBS.

Norman Lear honored with star-studded readings of ‘Maude’ and ‘Good Times’

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Norman Lear may have passed away in December 2023 at 101 years old, but his legacy lives on through the shows the Emmy-winning icon created, like All in the Family, Maude and The Jeffersons. Over the weekend, a group of celebrities gathered in Los Angeles to stage live readings of episodes from two of his most famous shows.

The ‘Maude’ Abortion Episode Wouldn’t Air Today — Norman Lear Tried, and ‘It Wasn’t Green Lit’

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In the heart of Texas, ATX TV Festival staged a live reading of "Maude's Dilemma" — wherein Bea Arthur's beloved character decides to get an abortion — as part of a closing night tribute to the late, legendary TV producer.

How Norman Lear’s Legacy Continues to Inspire Change Through Scripted Storytelling – Interview with Hollywood, Health & Society Program Director Kate Folb

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ATX TV Fest’s closing night event this year honors the boundary-pushing work of the legendary Norman Lear through star-studded script readings from two of his most iconic shows, Maude and Good Times. “Norman Lear's TV for the People: Script Reading and Conversation” will be held on Saturday, June 1st, at 7:00 pm at ACL Live, with individual tickets available through AXS. The event is hosted by the Hollywood, Health & Society, a program from USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center.

Five Deeper-Cut Panels to Catch at ATX TV Festival

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In 1972, Norman Lear’s CBS sitcom Maude broke ground when its lead character (played by future Golden Girl Bea Arthur) found herself unexpectedly pregnant at 47 and decided to have an abortion. Fifty years later, as reproductive rights are being aggressively attacked in Texas and across America, it’s an ideal time to interrogate how abortion stories are told onscreen then and now. Panelists include Rina Mimoun (showrunner, The Girls on the Bus), Kerry Bishé (actor, Halt and Catch Fire), Caissie St. Onge (executive producer, Busy This Week), and Erica Rosenthal, Ph.D. (director of research, Norman Lear Center). This panel is one of several being presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program from USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center that consults with the entertainment industry on storylines about health, safety, and security.

Spring 2024

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The Spring edition includes our call for entries for the 2024 Sentinel Awards; our lunch and learn webinar on May 15 that dove into the use of psychedelics and dreams in end-of-life care; HH&s's panels at the ATX festival in Austin, Texas; and new research from Caring Across Generations and the Media Impact Project that highlighted HH&S's consultations with NBC's hit drama 'This Is Us'; the rise of colorectal cancer in younger people.

Spring Newsletter 2024

Winter 2024

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The Winter edition includes the late Norman Lear’s lifetime legacy of laughter; our Trigger Warning gun guidelines report being named a Silver Winner in the research projects/publications category at the Anthem Awards; conversations at the 2024 Sundance Festival; and the 11 shows honored at the annual 2023 Sentinel Awards.

Norman Lear’s Legacy of Inclusive Storytelling: “He Was a Conscience for America”

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The legendary television producer, who died on Tuesday at age 101, was a champion of diverse casts as well as story subjects that tackled real-world social issues including racism, sexism and religious intolerance.

‘Fleishman Is in Trouble,’ ‘Mrs. Davis’ Among 2023 Sentinel Awards Winners, as Norman Lear’s Wife Lyn Pays Tribute to the Icon

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'The Diplomat,' 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Tiny Beautiful Things' were also recognized at the Wednesday night ceremony, which was put on by Hollywood, Health and Society at the Norman Lear Center.