Monday, September 14, 2020

Netflix Orders Animated Version of Norman Lear's Classic Sitcom 'Good Times'

Netflix has today given a series order to an animated version of the classic Norman Lear sitcom Good Times. The project is the first animated series Lear has produced in his expansive career.

Based on CBS' 1974-79 comedy, the series follows the Evans family as they navigate today's world and contemporary social issues. Just as the original did years ago, the comedy strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.

Carl Jones developed the series and will serve as showrunner. He will executive produce with Lear, Brent Miller, Stephen Curry, Erick Peyton, Jeron Smith, Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins. Sony Pictures Television, Act III Productions, Unanimous Media and Fuzzy Door Productions will produce.

"We can't think of anything better, at this time in our culture, than a reimagining of Good Times animated," said Lear and Miller. "In a year filled with darkness, this is one bright light we won't soon forget. Thank you, Sony. Thank you, Netflix. Bless us all."

"It's a dream come true to be working with the legendary talents of Norman Lear, Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Curry," added Jones. "We are excited to carry on the original legacy of Good Times - but now animated and a little edgier. Let's just say the struggle has just gotten strugglier."

"We are so excited about this project! Unanimous is all about authentic partnerships and this team felt genuine from the beginning," said Curry and Peyton. "Good Times strives to remind us that with the love of our family we can overcome any obstacle. We think, now more than ever, the world needs to see a show with hope and positivity."

"It's a thrill to be partnering with Norman Lear and to help bring new life to his groundbreaking show Good Times, through the talent and personal stories of Carl Jones and the team at Unanimous," added MacFarlane and Huggins. "Animation is the ideal medium with which to reimagine the original show, and through the lens of Carl's sharp, biting humor, audiences will grow to love these classic characters all over again."