Woody Harrelson as Archie Bunker, Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker…

Nope this is not an April Fool’s gag.

Woody Harrelson will take on the role of Archie Bunker alongside Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker in a one-off remake of All in the Family.

The showcase comes via Jimmy Kimmel who will also present The Jeffersons revived in a Live sitcom revival 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.

Both shows are the work of legendary Norman Lear who is executive producing along with Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux.

“They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the ‘70s and would not work today,” Lear said. “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.”

“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. “To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved.”

The Live event takes place in May.

Source: Variety

8 Comments:

    • In 2006 and 2007 when they released Sesame Street: Old School: Vol 1: 1969-1974 and Vol 2: 1974-1975 they came with a warning on them: “These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”

      But hey they’d probably be to light for me, as prior to going to school in the morning I’d watch The Three Stooges and The Samurai (both carry M Ratings now), so you know each generation to it’s own I guess.

  1. >> a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear

    Cough, cough. No mention then of “Til Death Us Do Part” and its creator Johnny Speight?

    • Yes, ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ a show made when using the acronym ‘PC’ was like speaking a foreign language and making satire about the social classes, epitomized by Warren Mitchell’s character Alf Garnett, served a purpose in politically divided 60’s and 70’s Britain, laughing at parodies of ones own society was better that stirring up hatred and resentment as is increasingly the case today.

      • Yep along with Love Thy Neighbour and even Bewitched, which apart from it’s obvious digs also used things like Aunt Clara accidentally conjuring up Benjamin Franklin and him getting arrested fro joining a protest to a client of Darin’s thinking he was in a mixed racial marriage and not wanting him doing his adverts. Along with our versions of Alf Garnett in Ted Cook (Last Of The Australians with Alwyn Kurt) and of course Ted Bullpitt (Kingswood Country with Ross Higgins), which you can’t cancel out Wogs Out Of Work and Acropolis Now showcasing the other side.

        It was one of the things I really liked about Salam Café first on Channel 31 and then SBS, more was achieved in that for understanding through comedy than any hatred and resentment could possibly achieve. As much as it is way over the top, the whole Fat Pizza, Swift and Shift Couriers, and Houso’s is the last of that here,…

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