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Are You Here For Jamie Foxx & Wanda Sykes As George & Louise Jefferson In Live ABC Special?

A live tibute for "The Jeffersons" is about to go down. Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes have been tapped to play George and Louise Jefferson. Are you here for it? Get more details and decide inside...

Another reboot of sorts is in the works.

ABC and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has teamed up for a live event that will pay tribute to two iconic TV classics, "All In The Family" and the spin-off show, "The Jeffersons."

Actor/singer/comedian Jamie Foxx and actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes have been tapped to play legendary characters George and Louise "Weezy" Jefferson in the upcoming 90-minute live re-creation titled, "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons."

Both Jamie and Wanda are hilarious and can act, but Wanda doesn't really give us "Weezy" vibes. No shade, just sayin'.

The live event is going to be star-studded as several Academy Award winners have signed on to play some of television's most iconic characters.

THR reports:

Woody Harrelson taking on Carroll O'Connor's famed role of Archie Bunker. Jamie Foxx will play George Jefferson in the role originally made famous by Sherman Hemsley. Lear and Kimmel lead an exec producing team that includes Brent Miller (Lear's Act III producing partner), Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and Justin Theroux. The live event will re-create an original episode from both of the Emmy-winning Lear comedies. Lear and Kimmel will host the night, with 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows (Will and Grace) set to direct.

The one-night-only event will also see Marisa Tomei play Archie's beleaguered wife, Edith Bunker, and Wanda Sykes as George's wife, Louise Jefferson. Ellie Kemper will play Archie and Edith's daughter, Gloria Stivic; Ferrell will appear as George and Louise's friend, Tom Willis; and Justina Machado — the star of Lear's since canceled One Day at a Time reboot — will play George and Louise's housekeeper, Florence Johnston. Additional stars will be announced soon.

“The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved," Kimmel said.

Added Lear: "They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the '70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting All in the Family and The Jeffersons, the timelessness of human nature. I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Jimmy Kimmel, Sony and ABC for their collective willingness to conceive and pursue this never-been-done-before event."

The one-night-only live event will air May 22nd at 8pm EST. You tuning in to see your throwback faves be re-created?

 

 

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Photos: Featureflash Photo Agency/Kathy Hutchins /Shutterstock.com/CBS

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