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JIMMY KIMMEL BRINGS AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT OF TELEVISION TO ABC WITH

‘LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE: NORMAN LEAR’S ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ AND ‘THE JEFFERSONS,’’ WEDNESDAY, MAY 22



ALL-STAR CAST INCLUDES ELLIE KEMPER, JAMIE FOXX, JUSTINA MACHADO,

MARISA TOMEI, WANDA SYKES, WILL FERRELL AND WOODY HARRELSON



ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel presents a live, 90-minute prime-time event in tribute to classic television sitcoms. “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” teams Kimmel with television icon Norman Lear and executive producers Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux. This special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, and directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows.



“All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” were groundbreaking shows that changed American television. In this new, one-night-only event, Woody Harrelson will take on the role of Archie Bunker, alongside Marisa Tomei who will be playing Edith Bunker, with Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes playing George and Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic; Will Ferrell will appear as Tom Willis, and Justina Machado is set to play Florence Johnston. More stars will be named later.



“The fact that a group of Oscar® winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved,” said Jimmy Kimmel.



“We are so honored to partner with our brilliant friend Jimmy Kimmel and trailblazer Norman Lear to bring some of the most iconic sitcoms ever made back to television,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “These revered shows are as culturally relevant today as they’ve ever been, and the talent they have gathered makes this the can’t-miss television event of the year … make that decade.”



“They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the ‘70s and would not work today. 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. I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event,” said Norman Lear.



“We are honored and elated to be involved in retelling these groundbreaking stories, which are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago when they first aired. And to be working with such brilliant icons as Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as this dream cast, in this exciting new format, is nothing short of amazing!” said Sony Pictures Television Studios President Jeff Frost and Co-Presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter.



From 1971 through 1979, “All in the Family” was in the homes of millions of Americans, tackling controversial subjects for the first time such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality. The series followed Archie Bunker as the highly opinionated, working-class family man who viewed the world on his terms. When not arguing with his liberal son-in-law, Archie took refuge in his wife, Edith, who tried to understand Archie's conservative ways and outdated beliefs. The award-winning series shaped ongoing political and social conversations among American families in the post-civil rights era.



The success of “All in the Family” launched “The Jeffersons,” running from 1975 to 1985. It was the first television series to feature an interracial couple, and it would go on to be one of the longest-running African-American shows on TV. The series followed George and Louise Jefferson moving on up to the east side and showcasing what it was like to be successful in a predominantly white world. The series changed the landscape and helped shift conversations about race and class, paving the way for other African-American actors and TV shows.



“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’” will be produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Jimmy Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux will executive produce; and the live special will be directed by James Burrows.



About ABC Entertainment

ABC Entertainment airs compelling programming across all day parts, including the new dramas “A Million Little Things” and “The Rookie,” starring Nathan Fillion; and new comedies “The Conners,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Single Parents.” The ABC Television Network is also home to the groundbreaking dramas “The Good Doctor,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy”; the Emmy® Award-winning “Modern Family” and trailblazing comedy favorites “black-ish,” “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Speechless” and “Splitting Up Together”; hit game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Match Game” and “To Tell the Truth”; star-making sensation “American Idol”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank,” iconic “The Bachelor” franchise, long-running hits “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for over 50 years on the network; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including “The Oscars®,” “The CMA Awards” and “The American Music Awards.”



ABC’s multiplatform business initiative also allows viewers to watch current episodes of their favorite ABC shows anytime, anywhere on ABC.com and the ABC app for desktop, smartphone, tablet or connected TV devices.



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I'm gonna give it a try. Jamie Fox as George and Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker is enough for me to at least give it a chance. Marissa Tomei is always great. I liked both shows, so maybe I'm thinking more with my heart more than my brain. Plus it's live.

Will it suck? Probably. But don't knock it 'til ya tried it.
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Remakes suck. I'll pass.
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Rob Reiner said he offered suggestions for ABC's All in the Family/The Jeffersons live special

Reiner, who played Michael “Meathead” Stivic on All in the Family, said he offered some casting suggestions and proposed they re-create the episode about gun control.
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Jimmy Kimmel says "What do I care?" when asked if today's audience is too sensitive for his re-staging of All in the Family

"We'll find out," said Kimmel when Howard Stern asked this morning about his May 22 ABC special, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons. "I kind of like the idea of putting that out there and seeing how everybody reacts," Kimmel added. He and Stern also discussed how a lot of All in the Family's humor is problematic in 2019, especially the way Archie Bunker treated his wife Edith.
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Here is a video of Jimmy Kimmel talking with the casts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0je_x4YQug
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I watched a little of the show, and caught up on bloopers later on.

Jamie Foxx stole the show, estpecially in an unexpected moment, and Sykes & Tomei had some chemistry even if Sykes didn't convince me as being true to Weezy (or Harrelson as Archie)

Gibbs making a cameo was a treat.

But should these two shows be remade into full-fledged seasons? Not really, especially if all they're going to do is dig up old scripts and swap out "Nixon" in favor of whoever they want. Americans don't want nostalgia sold as "new". AITF and TJ can be influences for new show, even a sequel if the spirit of the format is the same, but these remakes just prove the attempts to recapture chemistry are very rare.

Most of the old shows haven't dated much apart from some names anyway. Most people are saying that along with "just show the original shows instead".


As for not knocking it until one tries it, a phrase that's not a universal truism (though for watching some old entertainment show the makers want to get big ratings on it's not quite the same context), how many decades has it been since the first remake came out that people didn't like? And how many more since? The vast majority of remakes suck, legitimately so, because the elements needed to be captured a second time usually aren't there. It's misplaced talent, even if they really stole the show. It's a gamble, if it pays off. And the odds aren't there.

And remakes/reboots are nowhere near the same as sequels or new shows being influenced by the old ones and innovated upon to varying degrees. A reboot is just keeping character names and shows the same, often changing a setting or even character personality because said change would fit modern times - while believing any old change won't have any effect other than raking in and keeping tons of ratings. But how many shows are left that haven't been remade? Which ones worked and why? (usually the original was half-baked and needed some fine tuning but otherwise onto something. )
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Woody Harrelson as a bald skinny Archie Bunker was a TOTAL joke!! Was Norman Lear drunk or high when he cast him?? Dementia?

At least Jamie Foxx kinda looked like George Jefferson but Woody looks NOTHING like Bunker!!
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First the positives:

IMO, Miss Tomei did an EXCELLENT job portraying Edith- not just the accent but also the character's rhythm perfectly. Even though she was more attractive than the late Miss Stapleton had been (and now is roughly the same age as Miss Stapleton was) , she actually seemed to get how simultaneously loving towards Archie Edith had been while still a bit insecure thanks to his badgering. It also helped that she was perfectly believable as someone Gloria, Mike, Louise and even George all liked even if they felt sorry for her (to various degrees) and didn't understand why she loved much less liked him!

Mr. Harrelson was better than I expected in that he seemed to 'get' Archie's MO even though Mr. Harrelson himself didn't personally believe Archie's beliefs. Alas, he seemed to have overkill re trying to recapture Archie's Queens' accent but I imagine that the late Mr. O'Connor being a native New Yorker only had to exaggerate from a basic accent instead of having to entirely recreate one from scratch. Also, despite him actually being OLDER than Mr. O'Connor was during this time, him being taller with a yoga-toned, lean physique and no grey hair whatsoever seemed a bit jarring (would it have killed Mr. Harrelson to wear a grey toupee and maybe have a pillow on his belly for the show).

More disappointing were the performers playing Mike and Gloria. Not only was there not the slightest chemistry between them and the rest of the cast (except for liking Edith), but there didn't seem to be any between each other which Mr. Reiner and Miss Struthers definitely HAD even while fighting! Also, Gloria had been a vital part of the whole Archie /Mike dynamic in that even when SHE openly opposed Archie's views never once did Archie not consider her his 'little goil' and she had filial love for her flawed parent! Even when Gloria was openly rebelling against Archie's beliefs and dictums and trying to make things more fair for Edith, she STILL had that affection for him. Alas, unlike Miss Struthers's portrayal, this performer showed ZERO liking (either open or underlying) for her male parent and this was a fatal flaw in this recreation. For as much as Archie had openly resenting the marriage to Mike AND Mike living under their roof, he WAS willing to do this for Gloria's sake since he knew she DID love and appreciate him (despite their different views) but this newer performer didn't make the slightest attempt to convey that- which totally sabotaged the show's ultimate premise of WHY these two ramming bulls were co-existing under the same roof.
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Well done review, thanks for the read. I agree with amost everything, especially Marissa Tomei as Edith. She was outstanding. Jamie Fox was good too.
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Mike and Gloria were both horribly miscast.
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Gloria more than Mike probably.
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Marisa Tomei recalls being "very, very scared" to sing for the live All in the Family episode

Tomei initially balked at playing Jean Stapleton's iconic role of Edith Bunker for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons. "This is ridiculous. Why touch something that is perfection?” she tells The Wrap. When Jimmy Kimmel introduced Live in Front of a Studio Audience, he noted that the cast was nervous. "For sure," says Tomei. "We joked about it every day leading up to it. We rehearsed for about three days the week before, and then two days the following week. But we had the weekend off so we could pace our nerves — you don’t want to waste the adrenaline surge. And for me, I was very, very scared to do the (All in the Family theme) song at the opening. We had done a taped version, which was always the plan. But (director) Jimmy Burrows thought it would be so much more fun to do it live. I was scared I was going to get laryngitis from the fear of it — or that I would cry, because I found it very emotional to be part of this experience."

Marisa Tomei skipped Cannes to do the All in the Family/The Jeffersons special after Norman Lear called her cell phone

Tomei was supposed to promote her upcoming film Frankie at Cannes when Lear asked if she would play Edith Bunker on ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience. “I couldn’t wrap my head around it at all,” Tomei tells Indiewire. “I just thought none of this should be done in any format again. It was so perfect. Why are we even talking about this?” Tomei says the special provided a breath a fresh air after a series of frustrating projects, and allowed her to combine her live theater experience with her early career work in soap operas.

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