Jimmy Kimmel will present a 90-minute live primetime event honoring the seminal comedy series by Norman Lear All in the Family and The Jeffersons on ABC.
An original episode of every iconic Lear comedy is being re-created; Jimmy Burrows leads the live special. Live in front of a studio audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" will air on Wednesday, May 22, 8:00 pm, 9:30 pm (ET).
Woody Harrelson will play Archie bunker role; Marisa Tomei will play his wife Edith in the replica of All in the Family . Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes take over the roles of George and Louise Jefferson in the spin-off All in the Family The Jeffersons.
Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic, Will Ferrell will appear as Tom Willis and Justina Machado will play Florence Johnston. Further castings
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Kimmel and Lear host; The project collaborates with producers Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux.
"The fact that a group of Oscar winners was willing to play these iconic characters testifies to the size of these shows and their creator. Norman Lear, "Kimmel said, describing the project as" a dream. "
People said the two series are from the 70s and "would not work today," Lear said about his two TV landscape change comedies.
"We disagree with them and are here to prove the timelessness of human nature with two grand castes of All In The Family and The Jeffersons ," Lear continued. He added, "I can not wait to see what these glorious performers do in our time of these indelible characters."
Last July, SPT announced a new deal with Lear and its Act III Productions and noted that there was an option to imagine titles from its extensive library, including A [19459003InderFamily The Jeffersons Good Times Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman to name a few. "
ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke has" honored "the network for working with" our brilliant friend Jimmy Kimmel and forerunner Norman Lear. " the live TV project that Lear has agreed that the two series "are as culturally relevant today as never before." She predicted that it would be the "not overlooked television event" of the year, if not the decade. Sony Pictures Television studio president Jeff Frost and co-presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter called it an "exciting new format".
All in the Family coined political and social conversations in American homes in the aftermath of civil rights policy. From 1971 to 1979, the series dealt with the conservative working class Archie Bunker, his liberal son-in-law and his daughter, and his wife Edith with topics such as women's rights, racism and homosexuality.
The success of All in the Fami l y led to the introduction of The Jeffersons which ran from 1975 to 1985 – the first television series featuring an interracial couple , It would be one of the longest running African American shows on television, followed by George and Louise Jefferson as they moved to the East Side and showed what it was like to be successful in a predominantly white world. The show is credited with changing conversations about race and class that pave the way for other African-American actors and television series.
Live in front of a studio audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" are produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, and Sony Pictures Television.