Norman Lear’s “704 Hauser Street” has received a six-episode commitment from CBS for midseason, the network confirmed late Friday. The Act III/Columbia TV sitcom will mark Lear’s first prime time foray since CBS aired “Sunday Dinner” during the summer of 1991 and NBC broadcast “The Powers That Be” intermittently during the last several seasons.
“704 Hauser Street” is the latest spinoff of Lear’s best-known series, “All in the Family.” The new series is about an African American family — the Cumberpatches — who purchase Archie Bunker’s old house in Queens. Much of the comedy on the series will stem from the interaction between the Cumberpatch parents and their ultra-conservative son, Thurgood “Goody” Marshall Cumberpatch.
John Amos is slated to star in the series as Ernest Cumberpatch, patriarch of the clan. Fans of Lear’s work may remember that Amos also did Dad duties for the first two seasons of “Good Times,” which ran for five seasons on the Eye web, where he played Jimmie Walker’s old man.
He also played the elder Kunta Kinte in ABC’s “Roots.” More recently, he received good notices for his work in the John Turturro film “Mac.” Amos also has done a great deal of theater, including a turn as Sir Toby Belch in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s 1989 production of “Twelfth Night,” whose star-studded cast also boasted Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.