May we all live long enough to be as happy as Norman Lear. The producer who transformed TV comedy in the 1970s with hits like All in the Family and The Jeffersons turned 94 last week, and is clearly tickled to be able to impress people just by entering a room under his own power.
In the end, Donald Trump took the conventional route. For one night, the Apprentice host-turned-contender chose to dance not with the fractured rhetoric that brought him, instead embracing that despised machine - the teleprompter - he once said presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed.
It's hard to beat a political convention for comedy. Even professional comedians have struggled this week to keep up with the Republicans in Cleveland, who gave us Melania Trump feeding Michelle Obama lines to a cheering crowd, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rounding up angry villagers for jury duty and Dr. Ben Carson playing Six Degrees of Satan with Hillary Clinton.
Ellen Gray is the television critic for the Daily News and the Inquirer, and has written about TV since 1994. Her mind will go blank if you ask her to name her favorite show, because she has so many, but she would love to hear about yours.
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