Classic Norman Lear Sitcoms in the Works for Reboots — But Not in the Traditional Sense

Dec 19, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Norman Lear was behind some of television’s most beloved sitcoms, and several of them — including “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” — are in the early stages of being rebooted. But Variety reports that the projects being developed by Sony Pictures Television won’t be the usual reboots — if they come to fruition, they’ll be six-episode anthologies with new actors re-creating classic episodes of the shows.

Lear told the publication there has been “some talk” about moving forward with the project, which would use the shows’ original scripts.

“Discussions about remaking more of Lear’s catalogue come as Sony gears up for the premiere of the new ‘One Day at a Time,’ which re-imagines Lear’s ’80s sitcom about a single mother raising two children,” Variety notes. “The new series, which premieres on Netflix Jan. 6, focuses on a Latino family with a female Army veteran at its center.”

An “All in the Family” reboot that Lear talked about a couple of years ago was later shelved in favor of the new “One Day at a Time” project, which was developed specifically for Netflix and is separate from the anthology project.


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