Norman Lear Talks About Reboots of Two Sitcom Classics in the Works

one day at a time

“We’re talking about doing a Latino version of One Day at a Time – not in Spanish, but in English. That could happen.” That’s what Norman Lear told reporters this week during a press conference. The press conference was set up to talk about Lear’s upcoming profile on the PBS American Masters series which is due out in 2016, according to Deadline.

The original One Day at a Time aired from 1976 to 1984 and starred Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli as the Romano family- a single working mother and her two daughters dealing with the ups and downs of family life.

Lear, who is 93, says he’ll have more details in a few weeks, but for now he can share that the reboot will still focus on a single mother, but she will be Latina, and he is leaning toward casting a son and a daughter, and possibly a grandmother living in the home. Yes he has a cast in mind already but isn’t sharing yet.

Lear didn’t share any new details on a planned reboot of Good Times, which is being planned as a movie, but Lear did say that it is still happening. Good Times starred Esther Rolle and James Amos as a young couple raising their three children in a poor black neighborhood in inner city Chicago in the seventies. The series made comedian Jimmy J.J. Walker a household name and gave Janet Jackson her show business start.

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