Kimmel is teaming up with 96-year-old TV icon Norman Lear to bring “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” back to life “for one night only,” the late-night host announced Thursday.
The special event, scheduled to air at 8 p.m. May 22 on ABC, will be broadcast “live in front of a studio audience,” Kimmel said.
The production features considerable star-power, as Woody Harrelson will play Archie Bunker and Marisa Tomei will portray Edith Bunker. Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson, meanwhile, while Wanda Sykes takes on the role of Louise Jefferson.
The special comes four decades after “All in the Family” ? about a working class family in Queens ? went off air following a nine-season run from 1971 to 1979. The series is considered groundbreaking due to the way it addressed racism and other social topics, using the bigoted Archie (played by Carroll O’Connor) as an example of what not to be.
“The Jeffersons,” meanwhile, was a spinoff of that show that aired for 11 seasons between 1975 and 1985 and for years was the longest-running sitcom to feature a primarily African-American cast.
“These are two of the most beloved and influential shows in the history of television,” Kimmel said during his announcement.
Lear, 96, created both series.
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