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Classic Good Times Gets “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience” Production

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When “The Jeffersons” and “All In The Family” received a live production on ABC, it was a smash hit with viewers. Many people pondered on what would be next in line. Well, the iconic “Good Times” which aired the first African American family from the ghetto, is getting the same treatment come Wednesday, December 18th.

Sony Pictures Television is producing the live All in the Family and Good Times episodes alongside Kimmelot, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, D’Arconville and Simpson Street. The All in the Family cast includes Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon, Ike Barinholtz, Ellie Kemper and Justina Machado. Good Times features Asante Blackk, Andre Braugher, Viola Davis, Corinne Foxx and Tiffany Haddish.

Viola Davis will play the role of the legendary Esther Rolle’s “Florida Evans”. She is ecstatic to be apart of this historic event as she took to Twitter to speak about the occasion.

ABC has really gone into heavy marketing and promotion for this event even moreso than last time. ABC will create “a fully immersive 1970s experience,” it said, with throwback voiceovers, graphics, music and title treatments from the ‘70s for The Good Doctor, A Million Little Things, The Rookie, Stumptown, The Bachelor, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, ABC’s Tuesday comedies, The Oscars and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

That first installment of for the Live in Front of a Studio Audience special proved to be a major success, drawing in 10.36 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The special was also nominated for three Emmy awards, winning Outstanding Variety Special (Live), and a Critics’ Choice Award.

In an interview with TV Insider, Jimmie Walker, who played J.J. aka James Junior spoke about being surprised about the live presentation and also how the show progressed from his “Dynomite” catchphrase.

“My humor didn’t really work for Norman, but it kind of overtook [the show].”

Walker recalls the show’s executives agreeing that J.J.’s appeal was something that shouldn’t be ignored. “A lot of the other producers said, ‘Norman, [what] this guy [is doing] is working for us.” Walker adds that he ad-libbed the first ‘Dyno-mite!’ and that director John Rich (The Honeymooners) said, “Norman, this is going to work!”

WorldWide Entertainment TV Network will be streaming all day on December 18th, the classic shows and its characters from the 1970’s that have been presented on “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience” for fans to reminisce and also for new viewers to get acquainted with the why the shows are considered classics.