Imagine Kevin Hart asking, “Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis?”
That is the example ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey gave on Tuesday afternoon when announcing a new ABC special in which today’s stars will perform scripts from classic sitcoms of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s — live.
Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) are teaming up to produce the special, to air debuting the 2017-18 TV season.
“I spent most of my childhood in front of a TV set, obsessively watching comedies from great producers like Norman Lear, Jim Burrows, James L. Brooks and Garry Marshall,” Kimmel said in a statement. “This is a way for a new generation of viewers to discover these classics and a new generation of actors to play characters they love, live in front of a studio audience.”
Kimmel, who was absent from this year’s ABC Upfront presentation (to spend time with his wife and their newborn son), also was announced on Tuesday to repeat as host of the Academy Awards, in early 2018.