Veteran TV writer and producer Norman Lear is in talks to revamp his classic sitcom All in the Family.
The 92-year-old broke ground with the 1970s show about working class bigot Archie Bunker and his family, tackling issues such as homosexuality, women’s rights and racism at a time when such topics were considered too controversial for TV audiences.
Lear admits he has concerns about how much censorship a modern-day Bunker, previously played by late actor Carroll O’Connor, would face from TV executives, but he is willing to try with a new incarnation of the character.
He tells MSNBC, “I think the character would survive on a TV show today (but) I’m told by showrunners that a lot of the subjects we touched, we can’t touch today.
“Let me put it this way: we’re gonna try again… We’re talking about doing something about All in the Family 2015. (An) entirely different family, but… (similar characters), 2015 versions, a modern version.”
The original All in the Family ran from 1971 to 1979, while a spin-off, titled Archie Bunker’s Place, aired until 1983.
Lear is also known for producing other hit 1970s shows, including Sanford and Son and other All in the Family spin-offs Maude, Good Times and The Jeffersons, which starred the late Sherman Hemsley.
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