The Honeymooners Reboot Eyed at CBS

Like it or not, CBS is taking a stab at recreating one of its most beloved sitcoms of all time.

The network is currently in the midst of developing a new take on The Honeymooners, THR.com reports.

The reboot, being helmed by The Muppets‘ Bob Kushell, would once again center on two couples who double as best friends and neighbors — only this time, one of the couples remarries after divorcing each other four years prior. (Perhaps Ralph and Alice separated after he threatened to send her to the moon one too many times?) As you’ll recall, the original series was spun off from The Jackie Gleason Show, and starred Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, Joyce Randolph and Gleason.

The decision to develop a Honeymooners reboot comes just weeks after CBS opted not to order additional episodes of its Odd Couple reboot starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, which has struggled in the ratings in its current third season. A film adaptation of The Honeymooners, featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Mike Epps and Regina Hall, was released in 2005 to ghastly reviews and even worse box office numbers.

No word yet if CBS is also rebooting Captain Video.

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35 Comments
  1. Larc says:

    Not cool, CBS!

  2. Mo Pitt says:

    Unless they get John Goodman in the Gleason role, they should not proceed.

  3. ginny says:

    This would be as good as the original? NOT EVEN CLOSE.! My advice to the network-don’t develop a case of the stupids.

  4. Tomm Huntre says:

    BREAKING!! CBS eyes a reboot of I LOVE LUCY to pair in a comedy block with the new HONEYMOONERS!!

    At this point, would it really surprise anyone???

  5. Jennifer says:

    No. Just NO. Stop with the reboots. They don’t work well. Please stop. Don’t remake / reboot / reimagine this show. No one will be able to touch Jackie Gleason or Art Carney (except Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble).

    Just Stop. No more reboots. If there are no new ideas, then FIND NEW PEOPLE!!!!!

  6. kmw says:

    Come on Hollywood pleas get NEW IDEAS!!!!. This is utter nonsense and is just a horrible idea

  7. Walkie says:

    I guess we shouldn’t be surprised at the stupidity of network executives. This has zero chance of succeeding.

  8. Steven says:

    You know what I’m going to the people involved in this one of these days? POW!!! Straight to the moon!!!

  9. keniri says:

    PLEASE! NO URBAN VERSION OF THIS CLASSIC.

    • Simon Jester says:

      It was always urban — the Kramdens and Nortons lived in Brooklyn and had blue-collar jobs. If you mean “no black people,” you racist prick, just say so. There’s plenty of reasons not to remake it that have nothing to do with skin color.

      • Lighten up, Rev Sharpton, I think he meant that the Honeymooners movie, while being updated and featuring Black actors, had NOTHING to do with being racist, but just not that FUNNY! And for those of who who disagree, well, why dont you just GETTTT OUTTTT!!!

      • Haz says:

        It is not racist to point out that a lot of times when shows are rebooted they try to make it politically correct and add a person of color. Instead of trying to adapt old series to make them politically correct how about they come up with new ideas that incorporate this? Look at black-ish it is its own show and is getting the recognition for that.

      • A fan of TV says:

        Team Simon. That is strictly what the original commenter meant by urban, and there are far more valid reasons not to remake this. The primary reason I think a remake would fail is that in my grandparents era when the show was on TV (my grandparents are now deceased so will not be tuning in), Ralph Kramden could treat his wife like a brainless doormat, raise hands to her etc, and that passed for comedy. Literally no men in comedies from that era, or since, treated their wives worse. These days, Ralph Kramden would have to be a better person or this would be a drama, and if Ralph is a better person, then the show’s entire premise would have to change. What then are we left with but another wasted remake?

  10. Phun says:

    NOOO! Why? Why? Why? Can’t they come up with something original instead of trying to reboot a classic? SMH!

  11. Leejay29 says:

    No. No no no. No. Nope. No.

  12. MMD says:

    Just NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Nathan Everett says:

    Lol love how people think no one will watch this, cause it’s an old show I’ve never watched before so I’m watching the remake.

  14. Dgregg says:

    Rrrrriiiiiiggggghhhhhtttttttt… In 2017 (or later), our society will watch a male character to say to his wife, “One of these days, pow right to the moon” in a modern setting and think it is funny. Or really any of the things that Ralph Cramden said. The original Honeymooners was funny for its time and I still enjoy it along with parodies of it (like from Moonlighting) but our society is too politically correct for a reboot.

    With the dynamics that were allowed in the 1950s but would not be allowed today and the idea centering “on two couples who double as best friends and neighbors — only this time, one of the couples remarries after divorcing each other four years prior,” how is this an actual reboot? Stop promoting shows as reboots when you change the concept. There will be less backlash.

  15. BillyBobJohnson says:

    Let me guess…Billy Gardell needs a new TV show.

  16. KCC says:

    Every sitcom about a working class regular Joe and his wife that have wacky neighbors has been a reboot of The Honeymooners or I Love Lucy. So it’s been “rebooted” about thousands times already.

    • E. D. Boddy says:

      Very true. In this case, they’re hoping that they’ll have a built-in audience by actually calling it “The Honeymooners.” Lazy, yes, but in a zillion-channel universe, plus all the various streaming options, they need a way to get attention.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Well said.

  17. Luis Roman says:

    Why, just why?

  18. AnnieM says:

    Why doesn’t CBS just start re-airing their original classic programs? That would be much more entertaining than any remake/reboot/reimagining could ever be. :: sheesh ::

  19. Brock Hard says:

    Good, God. These executives obviously don’t know what made the show a classic. It was a product of its time on a new medium — and the chemistry of the cast. Unless they can bring back Gleason, Carney, Meadows and Randolph, why even bother? This is just a disaster waiting to happen.

  20. Raul J says:

    Leah Remini would be perfect for Alice.

  21. A fan of TV says:

    If my grandparents were still living in sure they’d be thrilled! When you get to the point you’re rebooting content no one is asking for, it’s time to get over your risk aversions and invest in original content again.

    Westworld may be the exception, to this rule, excepting that it is an utterly ambitious project on a network that is well known for taking risks, with incredible quality actors and a narrative that goes beyond the original film. It’s compelling without the camp. I may be a pessimist, but if The Honeymooners reboot is anything like The Odd Couple, it won’t be original, creative, or interesting.

  22. texmike says:

    NO!!!!!! Television does not need this. You can not reboot a classic.

  23. Jill says:

    No, no, no, no, no,no. Why? The Munsters reboot didn’t work, the New Leave it to Beaver never worked. Leave the classics alone. It’s 1 thing to reboot like Arrested Development, Gilmore Girls or Fuller House, but to remake is just a bad idea.

  24. robin says:

    If you show the old stuff you will see just how abusive Gleason is. However, I agree that it makes more sense to show the original rather than reboot. People would object to anything else.

  25. DJ PlaZma says:

    no. No. NO….and NO!!

    ENOUGH.

    Some shows don’t need to be updated and modernized. Some shows are gems that have stood the test of time and still rank above the rest. This is one such show. Leave. It. Alone.