Norman Lear, creator of both iconic 1970’s sitcoms, revealed that neither show would work as regular programs in today’s societies.
(CNN) Jimmy Kimmel’s long-awaited live sitcom special, recreating “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” now has an air date and all-star cast.
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons” will air May 22 on ABC, the network announced.
A pair of Oscar winners will take on the iconic roles.
Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei will star as Archie and Edith Bunker, while Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will portray George and Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper takes on the role of Gloria Stivic, with Will Ferrell as Tom Willis and Justina Machado as Florence Johnston.
Kimmel is set to co-host the event with legendary television producer Norman Lear, who created the shows back in the 1970s.
“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,” Kimmel said in a statement. “To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved.”
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