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CBS Developing Modern-Day Reboot of TV Classic THE HONEYMOONERS

The Hollywood Reporter reports exclusively that CBS is currently developing a modern-day reboot of the television classic THE HONEYMOONERS.

Bob Kushell is attached to pen the script and executive produce the multi-camera comedy which will focus on "two couples - best friends and neighbors like the original - who contend with a new dynamic when one couple remarries after divorcing four years earlier."

The original Honeymooners starred Jackie Gleason as bus driver Ralph Kramden), alongside Audrey Meadows (Alice), Art Carney (Ed) and Joyce Randolph (Trixie).

The series was based on a recurring 1951-55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars, Jackie Gleason's variety show and subsequently on the CBS network's The Jackie Gleason Show, which was filmed in front of a live audience. It debuted as a half-hour series on October 1, 1955. Although initially a ratings success-becoming the #2 show in the United States during its first season-it faced stiff competition from The Perry Como Show, and eventually dropped to #19, ending its production after only 39 episodes (now referred to as the "Classic 39").

The final episode of The Honeymooners aired on September 22, 1956. Creator/producer Jackie Gleason revived the series sporadically until 1978. The Honeymoonerswas one of the first U.S. television shows to portray working-class married couples in a gritty, non-idyllic manner (the show is set mostly in the Kramdens' kitchen, in a neglected Brooklyn apartment building)

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