Sony Pictures in Talks To Reboot ‘The Jeffersons’ and ‘Good Times’

Sony owns a majority of Lear’s extensive TV catalog, which extends through four decades.

The JeffersonsVariety reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment is entertaining the idea of bringing back a group of 1970s sitcoms produced by TV legend Norman Lear. Among them are the popular  70s sitcoms “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times.”

“The Jeffersons” was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. “Good Times” aired on CBS from February 8, 1974 to August 1, 1979.  Both shows were about a black family raising their kids.

The idea is to re-introduce each show as mini-series with new actors reading old scripts. Good Times

Glenn Adilman, executive vice president of comedy development for Sony, said the studio is also “exploring” an idea Lear had to reboot “All in the Family” with a Latino family.

“It’s sort of tricky to figure out what the business of that is and what that would be and how it would work. But its something we’re trying to figure out,” Adilman told Variety. “It’s tricky for a lot of reasons, and it’s something we’re exploring.”

A reboot of “The Jeffersons” may be difficult to pull off especially with ABC’s “Black-ish,” which follows a black family but may fare better on a cable network.

Sony owns a majority of Lear’s extensive TV catalog, which extends through four decades.

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