Television nowadays is filled with all manner of adaptations, sequels, and revivals. Networks have found varying degrees of success by making everything old new again. Now, CBS has found its latest project to bring back to the small screen for a modern audience. A reboot of the classic sitcom 1950s The Honeymooners is officially in the works, and it could be the perfect show to get a second chance for success.
The original Honeymooners followed the lives and misadventures of a pair of working-class couples in their Brooklyn apartment building. The reboot for CBS will also revolve around two couples who are neighbors and best friends, but there will be a 21st century twist that definitely didn't happen back in the 50s. One of the two couples will be remarrying after divorcing four years before the start of the show, and all four characters will have to adjust to the new dynamic.
The reboot is moving forward with Bob Kushell as executive producer. Kushell's most recent small screen project was the Muppets reboot for ABC, which he co-created and executive produced through the first stages of production. He left The Muppets in the middle of the first season, and the show ended up not being renewed for a second. Kushell also worked as an executive producer on shows like Anger Management, Suburgatory, Samantha Who?, and The Tracy Morgan Show. He'll pen the script for the Honeymooners reboot pilot in addition to his executive producing duties, according to THR. Kushell will share executive producing duties with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, who currently produce the CBS reboot of The Odd Couple--also a remake.
The Honeymooners was a major hit when it debuted in 1955, rising to becoming the #2 show on television in its very first season. Enthusiasm dropped after the first batch of episodes, however, and the series came to an end in 1956. Only 39 episodes aired, although the characters did return off and on for sketches on The Jackie Gleason Show in subsequent years. The show's legacy has endured over the years, and the premise was even turned into a feature film in 2005. CBS could have a winner with a Honeymooners reboot.
We'll have to wait and see. The Honeymooners is still in the very early stages of development, so we may not hear much about casting or airdates for a while yet. We can only cross our fingers and hope that the reboot works. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and take a look at our list of the remakes and revivals that are in the works for the small screen on all networks. Don't forget to check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what you can watch while you wait for news of The Honeymooners.