ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel teamed with television icon Norman Lear and executive producers Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Justin Theroux for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ – and just in case you missed it, here’s a look at just a few of the night’s highlights. Airing live on Wednesday, May 22, the 90-minute prime-time event paid tribute to the social, political, and comedic influences of both classic sitcoms by recreating an episode from each series with an all-star cast. Kimmel and Lear hosted the event, which was directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows.
● First up, leave it to Jamie Foxx to handle a live-on-air flub with the improv skills of a true pro:
● Meanwhile, original The Jeffersons star Marla Gibbs made a special gues appearance…
● In the following clips, Jennifer Hudson tears up the studio with her cover of The Jeffersons theme; while Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei bring a new level of nostalgic warmth and heartbreak to their cover of the All in the Family theme:
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ included Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Kerry Washington (Helen Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley), and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell).
From 1971 to 1979, All in the Family was in the homes of millions of Americans across the country, tackling controversial subjects for the first time such as women’s rights, racism and homosexuality. In the process, the award-winning series helped shape ongoing political and social conversations among American households at a very pivitol time in the country’s history. The series would go on to launch spinoff series The Jeffersons, which ran from 1975 to 1985 and was the first television show to feature an interracial couple. Still standing as one of the longest-running African-American shows in television history, the series forced the nation to start having some much-needed conversations about race and class.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ was produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, and Sony Pictures Television. Lear, Kimmel, Miller, Ferrell, McKay and Theroux will executive produce; with the live special directed by Burrows.