CBS Reboots ‘The Honeymooners’ With New Female Lead

CBS is revamping a 67-year-old comedy in order to compete in the 21st-century streaming battles.

CBS Studios is working on a new version of the legendary working-class sitcom The Honeymooners for CBS.

Only this edition is billed as “a daring, female-driven relaunch” by executive producers Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl) and Lindsey Shockley (Black-ish).

Kameron Tarlow (Grimm) also serves as an executive producer, while Kelly Park (Alexa & Katie) serves as both an executive producer and a director.

The Honeymooners premiered on CBS in 1955-56 as a comic skit on star Jackie Gleason’s variety show. The sitcom followed Ralph Kramden (Gleason), a New York City bus driver, his wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows), Ralph’s closest friend, Ed Norton (Art Carney), and Ed’s wife, Trixie (Joyce Randolph).

It has really been done previously to reboot the program from a new cultural perspective. The Honeymooners was a 2005 Paramount Pictures feature film featuring a predominantly Black ensemble that included Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Mike Epps, and Regina Hall.

In 2016, CBS attempted to develop a remake with writer Bob Kushell (3rd Rock From the Sun) and producers Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Eric & Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein, however the series never went into production.

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