Actor-director Rob Reiner has decided against a run for California governor that could have pitted him against Arnold Schwarzenegger next year, an aide said Wednesday night.
"He gave it serious consideration; he had a number of conversations with his family," said Ben Austin. "He is not going to run for governor next year."
The New York-born Reiner, 58, director of films including When Harry Met Sally... and This is Spinal Tap, and a costar of the 1970s hit TV series All in the Family (in which his character's nickname was "Meathead"), has taken an increasingly high profile in California politics as the sponsor of a June 2006 ballot initiative to guarantee preschooling for 4-year-olds.
Austin, the campaign manager for the initiative, said Democrat Reiner decided to bow out of the race because he had young children and wanted to focus on the preschool issue.
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The creator of The Bernie Mac Show is returning to Fox 3 1/2 years after the network dismissed him from the show.
Fox has ordered a script from Larry Wilmore for an untitled show that chronicles the political and social workings of a government agency.
"It's such a relevant and timely show," said Robin Schwartz, president of Fox-based producer Regency TV, who compared the tone of the project to All In the Family.
Regency produced Bernie Mac, and also scored a hit with Fox's Malcolm in the Middle, which ended its run last season.
Wilmore, who won a writing Emmy for his work on Bernie Mac, was fired in early 2003 after clashing with Fox executives over the show's creative direction.
This classic sitcom is regarded by many to be the apex of the genre. With deft caricatures and pointed storytelling, this series raised the bar on jokes with a social conscience. Caroll O'Connor starred as Archie Bunker, the grouchy bigot who was really a softy inside. As the series unfolded, Archie learned a thing or two about people who are different and how his thinking may have been wrong. Fortunately, for the viewer, the poignancy was always undercut with a vicious joke at someone's expense. Many sitcoms could learn a lesson from All in the Family's distaste for maudlin antics (Raymond, anyone?).
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