It’s been less than six months since Jimmy Kimmel teamed up with Norman Lear to mount live recreations of the legendary TV producer’s iconic hits “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons”, and now ABC is preparing to do it again.
As Variety reports, the network will once again produce two live episodes of Lear’s classic sitcoms, with an episode of “All in the Family” combined with an episode of “Good Times” in a holiday special.
While casting has yet to be announced, don’t be surprised to see Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei return to reprise the roles of Archie and Edith Bunker, which they performed brilliantly back in May on the original “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” live broadcast.
“The holiday season is the perfect time for families to come together and enjoy another ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ special on ABC,” network entertainment president Karey Burke said in a statement.
“Only Jimmy and Norman can top what they accomplished the first time,” added Burke. “From the superstar talent to the unforgettable music and the richly deserved Emmy win, their collective vision has introduced a whole new generation of people to these groundbreaking and timeless stories — and now with ‘Good Times’ as part of the lineup, this will surely be another can’t-miss television event.”
“Being a part of Norman Lear’s world was a career highlight; and working with great actors on these great shows was so much fun, we couldn’t resist tackling a holiday episode of ‘All in the Family’ and one of my favourites, ‘Good Times,’” said Kimmel.
Added Lear, “I don’t know which is greater — bringing back ‘Good Times’ or co-hosting with Jimmy Kimmel?”
“Live In Front of a Studio Audience” will air Wednesday, Dec. 18, while casting has yet to be announced.