ABC Sets Holiday-Themed ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ With Norman Lear

TCA 2019: It will be followed by a third special airing in spring 2020

Last Updated: August 5, 2019 @ 1:54 PM

ABC has lined up its next two “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials with Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel.

The next installment of the special will air this winter and carry a holiday theme. It will be followed by another special in the spring. No casting information has been released, nor details about which of Lear’s episodes would be featured.

The first “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special aired back in May and re-created two episodes of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” with a cast led by Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes.

The live event debuted to an average audience of 10.4 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, propelling ABC to win the night. It also received three Emmy nominations last month, for Outstanding Variety Special, director James Burrows and its production design.

Kimmelot, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, D’Arconville and Sony Pictures Television will produce the next installment, with Lear, Kimmel, Brent Miller, Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux all back on board to executive produce.

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