Not My Job: How Considerably Does Producer Norman Lear Know About Learjets?

Norman Lear poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

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There was a time, about 1975, when all the most-watched Television shows — All in the Household, Maude, The Jeffersons, Good Occasions — had a single factor in frequent: They have been made by Norman Lear. Now, at the age of 93, Lear is featured in a new documentary about his life and profession referred to as Norman Lear: Just An additional Version of You.

Click the hyperlink above to listen as we quiz Lear on Learjets, the private planes that became the should-have accessory for the extremely rich starting back in the 1960s.



And now the game exactly where people who have had a lifetime of accomplishment appreciate a few moments of something else. It’s called Not My Job. There was a time around 1975, 1976 exactly where all the most-watched Television shows – “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Very good Instances” and others had one issue in common. They had been developed by a single man, Norman Lear. He’s the guy who saved Television from “The Flying Nun” and produced it secure for “The Simpsons.”


SAGAL: At the age of 93…


SAGAL: Ninety-3 – there’s a new documentary about his incredible life and career. We are absolutely thrilled to talk to him right now. Norman Lear, welcome to WAIT WAIT… Don’t Tell ME.

NORMAN LEAR: Thank you, thank you, thank you.


LEAR: So far a pleasure to be right here.

SAGAL: I know. Properly, it’s early but. We’ll see what we can do. I was a single of the many individuals who grew up on “All In The Family” and all of your Television show, so it really is like you programmed my childhood. I did not comprehend many of the issues that were happening, but it was nevertheless funny, which was sort of wonderful. When you were doing all these shows, have been you worried that some of the stuff would be going over your audience’s head?

LEAR: No. I imply, not at all. What we had been undertaking was dealing with subjects and issues and so forth that families everywhere were dealing with.

SAGAL: I keep in mind saying to my grandmother what does that word mean? And she’s like I don’t know.


SAGAL: I do want to ask you ’cause I had I saw – there was a mention of this in your documentary – what was Tv like ahead of “All In The Household?” It was extremely silly, proper?

LEAR: You know, it was – you know, “Flying Nun” and “Petticoat Junction” and “Beverly Hillbillies” and so forth. The greatest issue the average family faced might have been that the roast was ruined and the boss was coming to dinner.

SAGAL: Right.

LEAR: You know, for a lengthy time, I heard folks tell me hey pal, if you got a message there’s Western Union. You do not use tv.

SAGAL: Proper.

LEAR: If that’s the greatest difficulty America faces in the shows we mention…

SAGAL: Yeah.

LEAR: …Then what is that message? The message is all correct, no financial troubles. There are no racial problems. Politically, everyone is content. That was pretty wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling message.

SAGAL: Proper. I know on the other hand, if it had been true that the worst dilemma we had was the roast was burnt and our boss was coming, that would have been excellent.

LEAR: Effectively (laughter) I just stole that. That was one particular.

SAGAL: Yeah, I know. I know.


SAGAL: So the quintessential Tv dad was, like, you know, Fred MacMurray on “My Three Sons” or Ozzie and Harriet or all these guys. And you bring in Archie Bunker. And first of all, what did the networks say?

LEAR: The network – effectively, I will tell you the most significant difficulty they had with the extremely very first show.

SAGAL: Correct.

LEAR: Archie and Edith had been at church. It was a Sunday morning. It was their their 20th wedding anniversary. Mike and Gloria – that is the young couple – who have been making a surprise brunch for them. And they came in – but initial, just before they came back back from church, which they left early because Archie hated the sermon, they – the young little ones ran upstairs. They had the property alone for the very first time, and then Mike persuaded Gloria to run upstairs with him. And they were going to make adore. As soon as they get upstairs, the door opens and Archie and Edith walk in. He’s carrying on about the minister and so forth. And the kids are gone. But they hear the door, and they come running down the stairs, buttoning up and such. And Archie says 11:30 on a Sunday morning.


LEAR: And the network stated has to go. Now, we had been through all of his vocabulary and everything else – all of these arguments. But now it is the day that the show is going to go on the air, and they wanted that out.

SAGAL: Yeah, now, what did they want out? The indication…

LEAR: They wanted him – his line 11:30 on a Sunday morning – it had to come out. Why did it have to come out? Because that was producing the audience think of what was going on upstairs.

SAGAL: Genuinely? So you could have the actors coming downstairs buttoning up their garments, indicating what they have been carrying out. So what did you do?

LEAR: The show was on – or just about to go on in New York, it was 3 hours earlier in California – when I got a telephone contact that stated the line will in. Until that moment, I was saying take the line out in New York, and I will not be right here tomorrow morning.

SAGAL: Genuinely? You threatened to quit.

LEAR: Properly, it wasn’t as brave as it sounds. United Artists had offered me a 3-picture deal to write, create and direct.



SAGAL: So what the heck?

LEAR: What the heck?

SAGAL: Did – I have to ask you some thing. You are, as we speak, 93 years old.

LEAR: I will be 94 next month.

SAGAL: Ninety-4 subsequent month.


SAGAL: So do you have any ideas for these of us who would like to arrive at 93 as spry and as productive and happy as you are?

LEAR: What occurred to me first is two easy words…

SAGAL: Yeah.

LEAR: …Possibly as basic as any two words in the English language – more than and next.

SAGAL: More than and subsequent.

LEAR: And we don’t pay adequate attention to them.

LEAR: When something is more than, it is over…

DICKINSON: Oh my God, I love that.

SAGAL: Yeah.

LEAR: …And we are on to subsequent.

SAGAL: Proper.

LEAR: And if there have been – there was to be a hammock in the middle…

SAGAL: Yeah.

LEAR: …Between over and subsequent, that would be what is meant by living in the moment.

SAGAL: Correct.

DICKINSON: That’s brilliant.

SAGAL: That is quite great.

DICKINSON: That is brilliant.


LEAR: I reside in this moment.

SAGAL: Norman Lear, we have asked you here to play a game we’re calling…

BILL KURTIS: What’s That, Up In The Sky? It’s A $ 20 Million Toy.

SAGAL: So you are Norman Lear, so we believed we’d ask you about Learjets, the famous private planes that became the need to-have accessory for the really wealthy beginning back in the ’60s. Answer 2 out of three properly, you will win our prize for one of our listeners. Bill, who is Television legend Norman Lear playing for?

KURTIS: Kate Vanderzee of Lincoln, Neb.

SAGAL: All appropriate, so you prepared to do this?

LEAR: I’m prepared.

SAGAL: All correct, here’s your very first question about Learjets. It is, in fact, about Bill Lear, the inventor of the Learjet. He was an remarkable entrepreneur and inventor. He invented a lot of other things in addition to the jet, such as what? A, the single-serve fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cup, B, the 8-track tape player, or C, the silicone breast implant?



SAGAL: You are going to say that Norman Lear invented the silicone breast implant.

LEAR: No, William Lear.

SAGAL: Oh, I am sorry. You happen to be Norman Lear.


SAGAL: I usually get you two confused…


SAGAL: …Which is why my – the tv shows I watch are terrible and my plane does not fly.


ADAM BURKE: Can we all appreciate that the 93-year-old knows who he was?

DICKINSON: Yeah, I enjoy that.


SAGAL: Who’s correcting whom? So you’re going to say that Bill Lear, William Lear is the guy who designed the silicone breast implant?

LEAR: Yes.

SAGAL: No. In fact, it was the 8-track tape player. It is accurate. It was a adhere to-up. He invented the very first sensible auto radio.

LEAR: Yeah, that’s what I thought. But every single time I say it, it comes breast.

SAGAL: Funny how that operates.


DICKINSON: You still got it. You got it.

SAGAL: Is that what you told the network censors? I meant to say what you wanted. It came out incorrect. All correct, you still have two far more possibilities, Norman. Here we go. Mr. Lear was known for his sense of humor, considerably like you, I guess. And he when demonstrated his sense of humor by carrying out what? A, naming his daughter Shanda, as an Shanda Lear…



SAGAL: …B, marketing a plane for his rich buyers with windows that had been specially treated so you couldn’t see the poor far beneath you, or C, sewing in a whoopee cushion into the pilot seat on every new plane.


LEAR: Shanda Lear.

SAGAL: You happen to be correct.



SAGAL: It is accurate. He has a daughter – still does. She’s still about. Her name is Shanda Lear. Wikipedia says her complete name is Crystal Shanda Lear, but I never think that.



SAGAL: All proper, this is fascinating. So if you get this one proper, you win our prize. The Learjet became renowned in the 1960s because Frank Sinatra purchased one particular and flew all his Rat Pack pals around the world on it. Sinatra loved private jets. He would only fly in them, but he was a small weird about how he traveled.

He did which of these? A, he liked to dress as a flight attendant and served drinks, B, he stocked the galley with only canned franks and beans which he liked to consume cold, or C, he was truly terrified of flying so he had photographs of nation roads taped to the windows?


SAGAL: You happen to be going to go for C, that he actually was up in the air but he had photographs of country roads taped to the windows?

LEAR: Yeah.

SAGAL: You happen to be going to stick with that answer that…

LEAR: That is all I’ve got.

SAGAL: Really?


SAGAL: Sadly, the answer was the canned franks and beans. Apparently, he was known for his straightforward tastes in meals. He didn’t want anything fancy. He just would sit there and consume canned meals…

DICKINSON: That sounds…

LEAR: I don’t think it for a second.

SAGAL: Genuinely?


DICKINSON: That sounds really nasty, trapped in a plane.

BURKE: Is there something higher than sitting on a Learjet consuming franks and beans listening to Frank Sinatra on an eight-track player?

KURTIS: Nothing at all better. Bill, how did Norman Lear do on our quiz? Norman got two incorrect, 2 out of 3. But if we issue in his 93-year-old handicap, he’s a winner.



SAGAL: Norman Lear is the television legend behind shows like “All In The Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Great Instances” and many other individuals that you grew up loving. The documentary about Norman Lear’s life “Just Another Version Of You” is out next week.

Norman Lear, thank you so a lot for every little thing you did and…

LEAR: Thank you so much…

SAGAL: …And for being with us.

LEAR: Bye.

SAGAL: Bye-bye.


SAGAL: In just a minute, Bill Kurtis floats up, up and away. It’s the Listener Limerick Challenge. Contact 1-888-WAIT-WAIT to join us on the air. We’ll be back in a minute with much more of WAIT WAIT… Never Tell ME from NPR.

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We Know Nothing, (About) Jon Snow As &#039Game Of Thrones&#039 Returns

Will Kit Harington's Jon Snow — seen here after a seemingly fatal attack at the end of season five — survive? No one knows.

Will Kit Harington’s Jon Snow — noticed here following a seemingly fatal attack at the end of season 5 — survive? No a single knows. HBO hide caption

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Let’s call this the opposite of a spoiler alert: An acknowledgement that Tv critics don’t know much about Game of Thrones’s sixth season, which starts Sunday.

That is since some knucklehead last year leaked new episodes of the fifth season on-line ahead of they appeared on HBO. So producers of the show and HBO executives decided this season no one — except, it seems President Obama — would get an early appear at new episodes.

Which signifies I have no spoilers about the new season.

Or do I?

“Are you afraid?” Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister asks in a trailer for the show’s new season. “You need to be. You happen to be in the fantastic game now. And the great game is terrifying.”

That short speech is among several tidbits HBO has revealed from the upcoming season. Simply because fans pore over every single moment to attempt guess what’s in store, there’s a lot of speculation about what could be coming.

In a way, it’s a shrewdly calculated approach to publicize the show while controlling spoilers. The cast and producers have appeared everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel Reside to the pages of Entertainment Weekly, speaking up just the story points authorized by HBO and the showrunners.

For example, the Entertainment Weekly story centers on the show’s most prominent female characters, such as Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, the mother of dragons. In the piece, she pushes back against charges that the show is sexist and as well often shows sexual violence against females.

Even though with no a appear at the episodes to come, critics like me can only say: We’ll see.

Peruse the a variety of trailers, clips and analyses and you’ll uncover a surprising quantity of data. (Right here, by the way, is exactly where a spoiler alert is appropriate: we’ll talk about a few developments and theories about upcoming storylines.)

In 1 scene, we see tortured eunuch servant Reek fleeing in a snow-covered wasteland with Sansa Stark. Last season, their leap from a parapet at Winterfell castle provided a bit of a cliffhanger: Are they dead or alive? New footage shows them operating from soldiers.

In other clips, there are big battle scenes, characters on the run, a certain major character in captivity. In one more scene, incestuous couple Cersei and Jaime Lannister are reunited, mourning the death of their daughter.

It really is a pivotal time for Game of Thrones, as all of the plots will now extend beyond the storylines of George R.R. Martin’s published books. Martin has reportedly consulted with producers so they know the significant story points in his next book, The Winds of Winter.

Tv shows primarily based on books, like ‘Dexter’ or ‘The Walking Dead,’ frequently appear to function best when they make alternatives based on what performs ideal for tv, and not on sticking to a well-known text.

Frankly, that is a situation I favor. Tv shows based on books, like Dexter or The Walking Dead, typically seem to work best when they make alternatives based on what works best for television, and not on sticking to a popular text.

At a time when HBO is struggling to generate effective new dramas, Game of Thrones wants as considerably room to maneuver as attainable. It really is HBO’s most well-known series — its crown jewel — utilized to entice individuals into subscribing to the channel. HBO is giving cable subscribers free access this weekend to sample the Game of Thrones and it’s currently renewed the series for 2017.

But look at how AMC’s hit The Walking Dead has jerked around fans — producing it appear appear characters have been killed only to reveal they haven’t — and you speedily see the pitfalls of operating a common, aging show. Every season should supply surprising plot developments that even longtime fans can not predict. There require to be moments that are outlandish sufficient to go viral, but not so crazy that enthusiasts really feel manipulated or deceived.

So this season has got to work, and operate well, for each Game of Thrones and HBO. Most of all it really is got to answer the query: Is hero Jon Snow, who we saw knifed to death final season, actually dead? And even if he is dead, may possibly he rise once again?

Can not wait to get some answers, correct alongside a lot of of you, on Sunday night,

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We Now Know What Prince Hans Has Been Up To Since ‘Frozen’

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Two years ago, the world met Prince Hans Westergård of the Southern Isles in the Disney film “Frozen.” He was type, quick-witted and a total dreamboat. Plus, he practically wrote the book on “How to Be Charming.” Of course, he also wrote the book on “How to Be A Scumbag in Disguise.”

Being the 13th child in his family members, it was secure to assume Hans would by no means climb to the top of his family’s monarchy. What’s a desperate prince to do? Marry into an additional royal household, of course — one that will substantially cut his throne-waiting time. When Hans told his soon-to-be-wife, “Oh, Anna. If only there was an individual out there who loved you,” our collective hearts burst into a million tiny pieces of sadness.

Hans’ ultimate fate was left somewhat open-ended when the movie completed. He was arrested and sent back to his homeland, exactly where he was going to face some unknown punishment from his older brothers. Well, now we know what Hans is up to these days: attempting to be a king.

On Monday (Nov. 30), a series of photographs, presumably from a Disney theme park, had been uploaded to each Reddit and Imgur, making use of the title, “Hans is nonetheless attempting to get a kingdom.”

  • Hans 1st attempted wooing Merida from “Brave.”

    He didn’t want to take no for an answer, but following she shot at him with her bow and arrows, he got the hell away from her.

  • Next, he tried his luck with Cinderella.

    She basically pointed to her glass slipper and told Hans, “I’m clearly taken by my personal Prince Charming,” and then ran away, due to the fact that is just what she does.

  • Third on his list was Belle.

  • Then, he gave Rapunzel a shot.

    She and Eugene “Flynn” Rider had hung out in Arendelle for Elsa’s coronation back in the day, and they both most likely smacked Hans with a frying pan for all the crap he pulled.

  • Later, Hans hit up Princess Aurora.

    Sleeping Beauty listened with intensity to Hans’ lengthy proposal, but then fell asleep in the middle of it because it was super boring.

  • And then he popped the query to Ariel.

    The Little Mermaid sang a note of surprise so shrilly, Hans’ eardrums burst. He thought, “Ugh. Eric can have that chick,” and bounced.

  • But ultimately, Hans returned to the scene of the crime.

    Did Anna say yes once again? Nope. Rather, she laughed in his face and went outdoors to build a snowman.

Sorry, Hans. Looks like you ought to just kiss that kingdom dream goodbye.

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