Around June of last year, we got the most random piece of news that The Jetsons would be returning to the small screen. However, unlike the recently-announced Animaniacs, this would not come in the form of an animated series, but rather a live-action multi-cam sitcom. Even stranger, it would hail from Hollywood legend Robert Zemeckis.
During the TV Critics Association event, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey gave an update on the series, and during her talks with reporters, she mentioned that she believed there would be plans to incorporate futuristic elements (I’d hope so, given the premise).
“That is what I’m really looking forward to hearing. The team has already had a number of conversations with Zemeckis and the rest of the group. They have some really good ideas about how they want to pull that off. I have not yet been part of those conversations because I haven’t seen the script yet. They don’t want to tell me how that works until I’ve read the pages.”
Despite the pedigree behind this, I’m heading into this with great trepidations. It’s not that I think the series is untouchable (it’s not), but given the futuristic nature of its setting, I can’t imagine this not looking horrible in a multi-camera format.
Let’s hope Zemeckis will be able to work some magic here.
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