In the 1970’s, Norman Lear was one of very few kings of television programming. He was responsible for creating shows such as “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family”, which created classic spinoffs such as “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times”. The influence of these programs on not only the future of television, but millions of mainstream viewers is historical.
Which means that it was only a matter of time before they were revisited in some form.
Variety reports that a number of these Norman Lear classics are being looked at for possible reboots with completely new casts, primarily “All in the Family”, “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times”.
But the reboots wouldn’t be full-on revivals expected to go on into the foreseeable future. Instead, Lear and Sony executives plan to work together and choose a handful of old scripts to reshoot as six-episode anthologies.
“There is some talk about doing some of the original shows, redoing them with today’s stars,” Lear said. “There is a possibility that we’ll do ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Maude,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ “Good Times.’”
There’s no confirmation that the reboots will occur yet, as Lear is currently focused on the Netflix revival of “One Day as a Time,” which will feature on the Latinx family of a female Army veteran.
“We’re exploring it,” Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony told Variety. “It’s sort of tricky to figure out what the business of that is and what that would be and how it would work. But its something we’re trying to figure out.”
Who would you like to see reprise the roles of these classic television characters?