Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes are set to star in a one-night-only reboot of the classic 1970’s sitcom, “The Jeffersons.”
ABC has announced the show’s creator, Norman Lear, and Jimmy Kimmel will host the prime-time special, which will feature re-creations of episodes from “The Jeffersons” as well as “All in the Family.”
Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will star and George and Louise Jefferson and Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei are tapped to star as Archie and Edith Bunker.
Ellie Kemper, Justina Machado and Will Ferrell also will appear in the special with more stars to be announced.
Via Page Six:
People say “these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today,” Lear said in a statement. “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.”
Ferrell, Lear and ABC late-night host Kimmel are among the executive producers of “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’” Sitcom veteran James Burrows will direct the 90-minute special.
“All in the Family” was a TV groundbreaker when it debuted in 1971, using comedy as a vehicle to explore racism, women’s rights and other hot-button issues. “The Jeffersons” (1975-85), about a successful black family in a largely white world, featured the TV rarity of an interracial couple.
Will you be tuned in?