Boy, the way Glenn Miller played

Sony Pictures Television and Norman Lear are in talks to remake episodes of All in the Family and three other classic Lear sitcoms.

The idea currently being discussed by Lear and Sony executives would be to have new actors recreate classic episodes of the shows, working from the original scripts, and package them as short, six-episode anthologies.

Lear has some experience remaking All in the Family episodes. Three pilots were filmed for the show, only one of which made it to air.

All in the Family was inspired by a British show called Till Death Us Do Part. From its 1965 pilot episode, only a brief clip survives.

Lear bought the rights to the show, and in 1968 produced a pilot for the remake, titled Justice For All. Only Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton, playing Archie and Edith Justice, and D’Urville Martin as Lionel Jefferson would remain for the second pilot in 1969, titled Those Were the Days. A third pilot was produced for CBS, and aired on January 12, 1971. The cast was set, the son-in-law was Polish, and television history was made.


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