Good Times next for live sitcom in US

Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel bring back another 1970s sitcom in a nostalgic Live special.

1970s US sitcom Good Times is next in line for a Live revival special.

Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel, who previously revived All in the Family and The Jeffersons, will stage another Live to Air special bringing back Good Times and a second All in the Family event. Kerry Washington will also produce.

Good Times, a spin-off of Maude (itself a spin-off from All in the Family)‚ aired for six seasons from 1974-1979. Produced by Lear, it starred Jimmie Walker, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Ja’net Dubois, Ralph Carter, Bernnadette Stanis and Janet Jackson. It was America’s first sitcom with two African-American parents.

It’s unclear if Woody Harrelson will revive his role as Archie Bunker and Marisa Tomei as Edith, from the recent Live special.

“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,” Kimmel said.

“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,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said. “Only Jimmy and Norman can top what they accomplished the first time. 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.”

Australia is yet to see the first special with All in the Family and The Jeffersons.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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