With reboot fever still running hot, CBS is going back to the early days of television for a new comedy reboot. In an exclusive, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network is developing a modern take on “The Honeymooners.”
The original sitcom, which aired on CBS for just one season in 1955-56, is considered one of the all-time TV classics. The series starred Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph, and popularized a couple of expressions that audiences embraced at the time but probably wouldn’t get on the air today due to their reference to domestic violence.
The expressions, frequently uttered by Gleason’s character in frustration with his wife, were variations on: “One of the days, Alice — Pow! Right in the kisser!” and “Bang, Zoom! Straight to the moon, Alice!” Gleason would gesture menacingly while delivering the lines to big laughs.
The two couples at the center of the original show, the Kramdens and Nortons, are said to be the inspiration for the animated Flintstones and Rubbles who came along several years later.
The original show’s TV roots go back even further, as a recurring sketch on the DuMont Network’s “Cavalcade of Stars” that aired from 1951-1955.
THR reports that the new project is a multicamera comedy from “Muppets” alum Bob Kushell, who is set to write the script and executive produce. The project is a CBS Television Studios production.
“The new take centers on two couples — best friends and neighbors like the original — who contend with a new dynamic when one couple remarries after divorcing four years earlier,” THR reports. “Kushell, the well-liked showrunner who most recently developed ABC’s ‘Muppets’ reboot, will executive produce alongside Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Jeff Greenstein (‘Mom,’ ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Friends’).”