Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Theroux behind “live sitcom” plan

Classic US sitcom scripts from the '70s, '80s and '90s to be acted out Live by current stars.

Amongst the announcements at ABC (US) Upfronts this week was a plan for a “live sitcom” series.

The plan by Jimmy Kimmel & Justin Theroux is to see classic sitcom scripts from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s acted out live by current comedy stars.

“Jimmy Kimmel has proven to be a preeminent voice in comedy, with 15 seasons of Jimmy Kimmel Live under his belt and successfully tackling the herculean task of hosting both the Emmys and the Oscars in the same season,” ABC network president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

“Likewise, Justin Theroux’s versatile talents are showcased in every project he takes on. We are thrilled to be developing a new sitcom experience that will combine Jimmy’s mastery of live television and Justin’s irreverent sensibilities.”

The inventive plan follows from the BBC recreating its classic comedies including Are You Being Served?, Porridge, Up Pompeii and a prequel to Keeping Up Appearances.

Jimmy Kimmel added, “I spent most of my childhood in front of a TV set, obsessively watching comedies from great producers like Norman Lear, Jim Burrows, James L. Brooks and Garry Marshall. This is a way for a new generation of viewers to discover these classics and a new generation of actors to play characters they love, live in front of a studio audience.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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