It looks like sitcom king Norman Lear will see a resurgence of some his classics from the 70’s and 80’s. The 94-year-old TV legend is in talks with Sony execs on the idea of having actors recreate roles played on shows such as: “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” and “The Jeffersons.” The concept is different from previous discussions of two years ago, on possibly rebooting an “All in the Family” television series. The new plan is to launch a few miniseries. Although the six-episode anthologies will start fresh with today’s stars, they will be working from original scripts.

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On January 6th, Netflix will premiere one of Lear’s popular sitcoms from his illustrious catalogue. The new “One Day at a Time” format about a single mom with two daughters will be re-imaged a little. This time around, the family is Latino with a female Army vet who is their heart and center. Singer Gloria Estefan performs the new theme song, and this particular series was specifically developed for Netflix. As for “All in the Family,” no word yet as to who would reprise the role of Archie Bunker, which was made famous by the late Carroll O’Connor.

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Fans of re-runs should have fun guessing who could best play the parts of memorable characters like Archie Bunker, George Jefferson or Maude. Of course, filling the shoes of the stars who initially took on the roles is going to be a tall order by default. However, by adding a different twist such as with “One Day at Time’s” Latino family, the actors will have a chance to make the characters their own.

Other popular shows produced by Lear include “Sanford and Son,” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." In 1984, he was one of the first seven TV pioneers to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. “All in the Family,” which ran from 1971 to 1979, received 22 Emmy Awards and numerous other trophies. “The Jeffersons” and “One Day at a Time” each won two Emmy Awards.

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