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California Lutheran University is adding a film and television major.

For more than a decade, the Thousand Oaks-based university provided communication majors with the option of pursuing an emphasis in film and TV. But David Grannis, the program director of the new department, says that wasn't enough.

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He created some of the most groundbreaking shows on American television, which brought issues like racism and religious tolerance into the nation’s living rooms.

Norman Lear helped changed the face of TV with shows like the 1970’s hit “All in The Family,” which used comedy to look at subjects people usually didn’t want to talk about. The pilot for his latest project, a new sitcom for NBC, was shot in Ventura County.