Bang! Zoom! CBS has put into development a present-day version of classic comedy “The Honeymooners.” The proposed multi-camera comedy from CBS Television Studios will focus on two couples, who are best friends like the original, but this time one couple is recently remarried after divorcing four years earlier. It hails from Bob Kushell (“The Muppets”), who will pen the script and will executive produce alongside Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, and Jeff Greenstein.
Debuting as a stand-along sitcom on Oct. 1, 1955 on CBS, “The Honeymooners” began as a sketch based the DuMont network’s “Cavalcade of Stars,” Jackie Gleason’s variety show and subsequently on variety hour “The Jackie Gleason Show” on CBS. The original Alice was played by Pert Kelton and Elaine Stritch originated the role of Trixie Norton for one sketch. After just one season (and 39 episodes), the sitcom was canceled and Jackie Gleason revived “The Honeymooners” as a series of occasional sketches until 1966 when it became full hour-long episodes with Sheila MacRae and Jane Kean inheriting the roles of Alice and Trixie from Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph. Art Carney, of course, was the one and only Ed Norton. It ran through 1970.