'The Jeffersons' & 'Good Times' May Be Rebooted By Sony
Looks like Sony has plans to bring back The Jeffersons and Good Times.
According to a report from Variety, Sony and TV producer and writer Norman Lear, is in the process of bringing back several classic television series the latter created, two of which are The Jeffersons and Good Times.
“There is some talk about doing some of the original shows, redoing them with today’s stars,” Lear told Variety. “There is a possibility that we’ll do All in the Family; Maude; The Jeffersons; and Good Times.
Both will be reboots that transform the shows into miniseries (six episode seasons each to be exact), and will include new actors. However, the old scripts from the shows will still be used.
The reboots of The Jeffersons and Good Times are a part of a larger reboot project involving a number of other Lear made shows. Other series that are expected to be a part of the reboot include All in the Family and Maude.
The Jeffersons and Good Times are both important to the history of black American television. The former was the longest running sitcom in American TV history (January 18, 1975 to July 2, 1985), and resulted in Isabel Sanford winning an Emmy Award in 1981 (she was the second African American actress to win an Emmy, with Gail Fisher having received one in 1971 for her role as Peggy in Mannix).
Although not originally a TV series, news of a classic blaxploitation film being turned into a TV show was recently announced. Foxy Brown is being rebooted as a television series by Hulu, with Meagan Good taking up the role of the titular character.
According to a report from Deadline the series will be a “modern reimagining” of the film. DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz, both of whom are also working on a remake to 1975’s Cooley High, will be serving as executive producers, while Malcom Spellman (of Empire fame) and Ben Watkins will be handling the script.