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Sony to remake classic Black sitcoms

Image #: 60759 Cast members of the CBS television comedy series "The Jeffersons" (clockwise from upper right) Damon Evans, Zara Cully, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker and Berlinda Tolbert. CBS/Landov

Cast members of the CBS television comedy series “The Jeffersons” (clockwise from upper right) Damon Evans, Zara Cully, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker and Berlinda Tolbert. (Credit: CBS/Landov)

According to a report from Variety, Sony Pictures Television is looking to remake classic 70s TV sitcoms created by veteran producer/director Norman Lear including “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “Maude.”

The report says, Sony executives and Lear would cast new actors to recreate original episodes of the shows, drafted from the authentic scripts. The series would later be packaged as six-episode compilations. The scripts would be treated similar to plays being mounted in new productions.

“There is some talk about doing some of the original shows, redoing them with today’s stars. There is a possibility that we’ll do ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Maude,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ ‘Good Times’,” Lear tells Variety.

Black sitcoms are sacred to the African American community. The representation of Black people on primetime television during this era depicted the race on a more positive end of the spectrum. Scenes expressing “Black love” circulated the episodes time and time again opposed to what is shown on the majority of shows today. We love “Black-ish” and viewers are longing for additional uplifting content.

Hopefully, Sony and Lear will have all their ducks in a row when redoing the episodes.

Also, make sure to catch the reboot of another one of Lear’s show, “One Day at a Time,” as a new series for Netflix. It’s set with a Latino family and premieres on January 6, 2017.

Who would you like to see star in the remake of “Good Times,” “The Jeffersons” or “All in the Family”?



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