Netflix has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a new animated take on Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “Good Times.” Lear and his Act III Prods. shingle is partnering with basketball star Steph Curry and his production company, Unanimous Media, as well as Seth MacFarlane and his shingle Fuzzy Door, to develop the show.
Both Act III and Unanimous are based at Sony Pictures TV, which is behind the animated “Good Times.” Carl Jones, whose credits include animated series “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite,” as well as TBS’ Tracy Morgan starrer “The Last O.G.,” will create, showrun and executive produce the project. Per the logline, the new animated series will follow “the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. Just as the original did years ago, ‘Good Times’ strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.”
Said Jones: “It’s a dream come true to be working with the legendary talents of Norman Lear, Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Curry. We are excited to carry on the original legacy of ‘Good Times’ — but now animated and a little edgier. Let’s just say the struggle has just gotten strugglier.”
Besides Lear, Curry, Jones and MacFarlane, executive producers also include Brent Miller, who heads up Lear’s Act III; Unanimous Media co-founder and chief creative officer Erick Peyton; Unanimous’ Jeron Smith; and Fuzzy Door’s Erica Huggins.
It was Peyton who first broached the idea of a “Good Times” animated reboot with Miller and Lear, helped by the fact that their offices are near each other on the Sony lot. Unanimous TV head Jenelle Lindsay was pivotal in recruiting Jones to create the new adaptation.
“Unanimous is all about authentic partnerships and this team felt genuine from the beginning,” Curry and Peyton said in a joint statement. “‘Good Times’ strives to remind us that with the love of our family we can overcome any obstacle. We think, now more than ever, the world needs to see a show with hope and positivity.”
The news comes as another Lear property, the revived Pop TV series “One Day at a Time,” recently unveiled a special animated episode. Originally written in January, “The Politics Episode” wasn’t able to be shot live, due to the COVID-19 pandemic shut down of Hollywood productions. That’s why it was reworked into an animated half-hour, which ran this summer.
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SOURCE: Variety, Michael Schneider