Norman Lear Mulling ‘All in the Family’ Reboot for 2015 from Sony

All in the Family

Norman Lear’s groundbreaking 1970s sitcom “All in the Family” may be returning next year with an all-new cast of characters.

Lear, 92, said Sony called him a few days ago about the prospect of developing “All in the Family 2015.” He was speaking Friday morning at the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit 2014 in New York.

“Forget the Bunkers, forget the characters you know,” the legendary TV writer and producer said. The 2015 version of “All in the Family” might focus on a Latino family, he added, whereas the original centered on the Caucasian working-class clan from Queens, N.Y. — headed memorably by Caroll O’Conner’s bigoted Archie Bunker.

Lear was called by Sony Pictures Television president Steve Mosko about a potential “All in the Family” revival. Mosko suggested the project could be either a series or a special.

At the Paley event, Lear was interviewed by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who said he has been “in awe” over Lear’s accomplishments over the years.

Lear, asked what TV shows he’s currently watching, said that he is “utterly taken” with Amazon Studios’ “Transparent,” a dramedy from indie filmmaker Jill Soloway starring Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch of an L.A. family who reveals to its adult children transgender identity.

“I think I’m watching one of the greatest performances of all time,” Lear said. “Jeffrey Tambor is walking the line between hilarity and heartbreak.”

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  1. currentpath says:

    Here is an idea – make the show center around the family of the now middle-aged adult Joey – who has become an Archie-esque Conservative who moved back to Queens, and into the Bunker’s old home.

  2. Ethan Burns says:

    I want the show to come back!

  3. Amy Sullivan says:

    some shows just shouldn’t be remade. I personally would not watch it, Mr Norman Lear. I totally enjoy still watching the 1970 all in the family

  4. exsqueeze me, baking powder?? The new All in the Family, dubbed All in the Family 2015, Lear said it would likely be about a Latino family.
    So meathead is now be called hoghead (Tamales)
    They have one it’s called George_Lopez_(TV_series).
    How about a white family in the middle of Harlem.
    The opposite of the Jeffersons. (spin off of the Bunkers)

  5. Terry guthrie says:

    I would love to play Archy Bunker

  6. Cinda says:

    Don’t do it! You can’t improve on the original. It’s no longer “funny” to be a bigot/racist.

  7. Common Sense says:

    Where would you find talent like Carroll O’Conner and Jean Stapleton? It can’t be done. Give up the ghost!

  8. Bill G says:

    Lear already tried to reboot it back in the 90’s. It was called 704 Hauser and it starred John Amos.

  9. Do not do it. Why ruin a classic tv show?

  10. Frank MaSSa says:

    As long as it’s not FKN Sanitized and POLITICALLY MF CORRECT ?

  11. greg skorich says:

    could all in the family be made today? I’d have to say no. ppl are to sensitive. the best thing about Archie bunker , in the beginning of the show was he was a real person. we all knew someone who said those things. how about good times or the Jeffersons. those would be impossible to remake. love to see it but I can only imagine the amount of comments from what ever offended group.

  12. Don’t do it. This is like trying to re-form the Beatles if 2 of them were still alive or restarting the Andy Griffith Show if they were alive. You can’t recapture magic.

  13. drakeca89 says:

    No I don’t think its a good idea a show with blatant negative remarks all the time . . .it wont do well

  14. I must agree with Jerry about that this isn’t the 70’s anymore and reboot show have a tough time getting the audiences to watch the show.

  15. Jerry says:

    Lear is great, but a lot has changed since the ’70s and his intolerant liberal views have been proven wrong. Modern audiences won’t go for this. Just look at the failure of the new show about Hillary.

  16. Wade says:

    I wonder what challenges he would face producing an All in the Family today? The original seemed pretty controversial at times.

  17. Bill B. says:

    I think this is a very bad idea, but I agree with Lear about Transparent. It is something quite unique.

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