A legendary night of television is headed our way May 22 as ABC broadcasts “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear‘s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons.’”
The network’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will host the tribute event that will recreate a classic episode from each of the Emmy Award-winning series to be directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows.
In this new, one-night-only take, Woody Harrelson will take on the role of Archie Bunker, alongside Marisa Tomei, who will be playing Edith Bunker, with Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes playing George and Louise Jefferson. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Ellie Kemper will play Gloria Stivic; Will Ferrell will appear as Tom Willis, and Justina Machado (Netflix’s “One Day at A Time”) is set to play Florence Johnston. More stars will be named later.
“The fact that a group of Oscar winners eagerly agreed to play these iconic characters is a testament to the greatness of these shows and their creator, Norman Lear. To be a part of this is a dream come true for me and for everyone involved,” Kimmel said.
Lear added: “They have said over and over again that these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today. We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts, the timelessness of human nature. I cannot wait to see what these glorious performers make in our time of these indelible characters.”
The show airs from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
CLIPPETTES: A number of cutting-edge acts hit town May 17 with Santigold at the Hollywood Palladium, Nina Sky celebrating their 15-year anniversary at The Novo, and Blackstar, featuring Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, at Pomona’s Fox Theatre with an additional May 18 date at The Novo …
The 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor goes to Dave Chappelle. He will receive the prestigious award at a gala performance at the Kennedy Center Oct. 27. The program will be broadcast on PBS stations Jan. 6, 2020 …
Three-time Grammy winner and visionary American roots music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ is in concert May 19 at Thousand Oaks’ Civic Arts Plaza …
Will Smith will lead the cast of Walt Disney’s “Aladdin” down the red carpet for the premiere of the film May 21 at The El Capitan Theatre. Arrivals are expected to begin at 5 p.m. …
Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples is set for The Theatre at Ace Hotel May 22. $2 from each ticket sold for the show, to feature Trombone Shorty, Benjamin Booker, The War and Treaty, Joe Henry, Son Little and many more, will go directly towards extending the Newport Folk Foundation’s support of music education programs in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles …
The Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (May 23-26), at the Electric Lodge in Venice, will celebrate its eighth anniversary with nearly 40 films about social and cultural issues, currently making headline news. For more info, visit GarifunaFilmFestival.com …
If you’re one of the few who have not seen “Avengers’ Endgame,” please note that it will arrive on the new Disney Plus streaming service Dec. 11. Much sooner, you can catch “Captain Marvel” via Digital HD on May 28, with a June 11 delivery on Blu-ray and DVD.
TC ON TV: May 17 – “See You Yesterday” (Netflix): Spike Lee produced this sci-fi tale of two teen prodigies trying to master the art of time travel. Look for Michael J. Fox (“Back To The Future”) in a supporting role. “Meghan and Harry Plus One” (CBS): Gayle King went to London to file this report on the popular royal couple one year after their nuptials.
May 18 – “Real Story of …” (Reelz): “American Gangster” purports that the Denzel Washington-led biopic of Harlem kingpin Frank Lucas got it wrong. That it was ex-Army sergeant Ike Atkinson who was the brainchild of the smuggling operation. “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Paul Rudd hosts with DJ Khaled as musical guest.
May 19 – “Summer of Westerns” (HDNet): Cherokee actor Wes Studi hosts this event kicking off with his classic film “Geronimo: An American Legend,” followed by “The Big Country,” “Jeremiah Johnson” and “Villa Rides.” “American Idol” (ABC): A winner is named in the three-hour season finale. “Game of Thrones” (HBO): The series has been slaying the competition including the Kardashians since its return. Tonight should set viewership records as the story comes to its conclusion.
May 20 – “Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud” (Bounce): “Dance Battle!” “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019” (CBS): James Cordon presents this year’s best segments and his first ride with Celine Dion.
May 21 – “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix): The comic tackles politics, reality TV, racism and the secret she’d take to the grave in this rollicking, no-holds-barred stand-up special. “black-ish” (ABC): Junior (Marcus Scribner) gets an offer for his dream job working with Migos in the season finale directed by Anthony Anderson and guest starring Quavo.
May 22 – “Masterchef Celebrity Family Showdown” (Fox): It’s the clans of “Beverly Hills, 90210’s” Tori Spelling vs. Jennie Garth and boxing champions Evander Holyfield vs. Oscar De La Hoya.
May 23 – “Red Nose Day” (NBC): The peacock stars align once again for the national fundraising campaign to end child poverty. The campaign’s Red Noses are available exclusively at Walgreens.
TASTY QUIP: “There will be plenty of people who will not believe in you. Some will be in positions of power, some will be huge stars. But no matter how crushing it feels, you cannot give up. You have to keep pushing.” – MICHAEL EALY, star of “The Intruder,” to the Chicago Tribune
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