Thursday, June 20, 2024

ABC’s “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” Live Special Scores Whopping 10 Mil Viewers, Can “Dick van Dyke” and Other Classics Be Far Behind?


ABC’s live reboot of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” was a monster hit last night. The first three half hours scored 10.5 mil, 10.3, and 10.1 million. The last half hour, about “All in the Family” slipped down to 7, still very high.

I haven’t seen the show yet, but I’ve seen Jennifer Hudson sing “The Jeffersons” theme song, and that alone should win awards. It’s some of the best singing she’s ever done. (That plus her impromptu duet with Tom Jones on “The Voice.”)

Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux’s idea paid off like crazy. Also, a star studded cast didn’t hurt. You don’t often see Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei on TV, let alone Jamie Foxx. But they all started on TV, so it makes sense.

Now all the networks will be falling over themselves to do this. Some will work, some won’t. It will depend on the writing. But I’m sure Carl Reiner, the same age as Norman Lear– 96– will be pitching a “Dick van Dyke” hour to CBS this morning! How about a “Dvd”/”Get Smart” hour with Reiner and Mel Brooks?


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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