Jimmy Kimmel is set to stage reproductions of episodes of two classic Norman Lear sitcoms – “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” – for a new ABC Primetime special on May 22nd.
James Burrows will direct the live special, with Lear, Kimmel, Will Ferrell, Brent Miller, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux all serving as executive producers.
Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei will play Archie and Edith Bunker, while Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes are George and Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic, Will Ferrell is Tom Willis and Justina Machado is Florence Johnston. Lear has discussed the project and explains it is to show the 1970s material still works today:
“They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature.
I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event.”
The 90-minute special airs Wednesday, May 22nd on ABC.
Source: The Wrap