‘Good Times’: Evans Family Heading to Netflix in Animated Form

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘Good Times’: Evans Family Heading to Netflix in Animated Form

Another ‘70s basic TV present is getting back from rerun land. After a profitable dwell viewers run, Good Times is now being revived as an all-new tv collection.

Netflix snatched up the Norman Lear manufacturing which is able to flip the Evans household into an animated model of themselves.

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‘Good Times’ with Ralph Carter, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, and BernNadette Stanis | Getty Images/CBS Photo Archive Inc.

The unique ‘Good Times’ aired within the ‘70s

Good Times turned a fan favourite after it launched Florida, James, J.J., Thelma, and Michael Evans to the small display. The present centered across the household’s life in a Chicago housing challenge and featured actors Ralph Carter, Esther Rolle, John Amos, Jimmie Walker, and Bern Nadette Stanis within the lead roles.

Neighbor Willona Woods was performed by Ja’Net Dubois and John Brown starred because the constructing tremendous, Bookman, a.ok.a “Booger.” In later seasons, a younger Janet Jackson got here on the scene as Penny. Created by Mike Evans and Eric Monte, Good Times was a derivative of the Norman Lear-produced Maude.

The beloved present ran for six seasons from 1973 to 1979 and may presently be streamed on Starz or Amazon Video.

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Netflix to launch an animated model of ‘Good Times’

According to Variety, the Netflix animated reboot comes courtesy of Lear, NBA baller Steph Curry, and Seth McFarlane. Each of their respective manufacturing corporations are working collectively to develop the present. Carl Jones has been tapped to function the collection showrunner, and his credit embody The Boondocks and Black Dynamite.

Per the outlet, the logline states the present will likely be about “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.”

The concept stemmed from Curry’s associate at Unanimous Media, Erick Peyton. He introduced the pitch to Lear, and the ball began rolling from there. Netflix ordered 10 episodes and viewers can anticipate “edgier” storylines with a contemporary slant.

As Variety famous, Lear’s different collection, One Day at a Time acquired the animated remedy earlier this yr for one particular episode.

Netflix head of animation Mike Moon expressed the streamer’s pleasure in an announcement. “Good Times is an iconic collection that has transcended generations. We are delighted to associate with this unbelievable and galvanizing artistic staff in Norman Lear, Carl Jones, Stephen Curry, and Seth MacFarlane to convey this well timed reimagining to life.”

New ‘Good Times’ collection follows ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’

In December 2019, Lear and Jimmy Kimmel delivered a recreation of Good Times on ABC with its Live in Front of a Studio Audience format. The episode aired together with a particular version of All within the Family and drew an viewers of almost 6 million.

The solid included Viola Davis and Anthony Braugher as Florida and James Evans, and Tiffany Haddish stepped into Willona Woods’ footwear. Corinne Foxx, Jay Pharaoh, and Asante Blackk performed the Evans kids, and OG John Amos performed Alderman Fred Davis.

It marked Lear’s second time resurrecting one among his previous properties in a dwell format, with the primary one airing in May 2019.  

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