'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' to be rebooted for one-night special: All the details

What would Archie Bunker think of 2019? We're about to find out.

Carroll O'Connor's blue-collar character will get new life from Woody Harrelson, who will star in a live TV reboot special of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons." By his side will be Marisa Tomei as Edith Bunker, while Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes will take over as George and Louise Jefferson.

Norman Lear, 96, who created both shows, will co-host the special — "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" — with Jimmy Kimmel in May on ABC.

Many say “these two shows were meant for the ’70s and would not work today,” Lear said in a statement. “We disagree with them and are here to prove, with two great casts depicting ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’ the timelessness of human nature."

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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 22: ALL IN THE FAMILY Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker in 'Writing the President'. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 3: Actor Carroll O'Conner, playing character Archie Bunker, kisses special guest Sammy Davis Jr. on the CBS television comedy,'All In The Family' in February 1972. Davis comes to the Bunker house to retrieve his briefcase which was left in the cab driven by moon lighting Archie. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 22: ALL IN THE FAMILY. Image dated December 22, 1970. Featuring (from left) Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
American actor Carroll O'Connor (1924 - 2001), as Archie Bunker, sits in an armchair, an ashtray and can of beer by his site, in a scene from an episode of the television series 'All in the Family' entitled 'Writing the President,' Los Angeles, California, December 22, 1970. The episode was originally broadcast on January 19, 1971. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 25: ALL IN THE FAMILY episode 'Sammy's Visit' featuring (at left) Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker and Sammy Davis Jr. (as himself). Negative dated January 25, 1972. Broadcast on CBS February 19, 1972. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 26: Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker in 'All In The Family.' Image dated October 26, 1971. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 26: Clockwise from top left: Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker, Rob Reiner as Michael 'Meathead' Stivic, Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker-Stivic, Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker and Mike Evans as Lionel Jefferson in 'All In The Family.' Image dated October 26, 1971. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
African American entertainer Sammy Davis Junior stands with Carroll O'Connor on the set of the ABC Comedy Hour, 1972. (Photo by Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 26: Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker and Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker in 'All In The Family.' Image dated October 26, 1971. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 17: ALL IN THE FAMILY episode, 'The Election Story'. Cast members: clockwise from upper left: Jean Stapleton as Edith Bunker, Rob Reiner as Michael Stivic, Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker Stivic and Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker . Original air-date October 30, 1971. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Carroll O'Connor and Raquel Welch during Taping of 'Funny Papers' - 1971 at Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Actor Carroll O'Connor on October 13th, 1975 -- (Photo by:Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) First-time grandparents Archie and Edith Bunker (Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton) proudly pose with Baby Joey (born 12/22/1975), along with their daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Mike Stivic (Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner), on 'All in the Family,' on the CBS Television Network.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT -- Pictured: Carroll O'Conner as Chief/Sheriff William 'Bill O. Gillespie (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Carroll O'Connor and Mary Martin during Benefit for Hathaway House - April 19, 1980 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Carroll O'Connor during Benefit for the Neighborhood of Watts - April 12, 1984 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Carroll O'Connor during '42nd Street' Screening - February 10, 1984 at Schubert Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Carroll O'Connor and actress Angela Lansbury attend Actors Fund Benefit Party on December 14, 1986 at Gingerman Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Carroll O'Connor during 'Les Miserables' Los Angeles Opening - June 1, 1988 at Shubert Theater in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Carroll O'Connor (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Carroll O'Connor and Wife Nancy O'Connor during 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Carroll O'Connor during Carroll O'Connor at Tavern On The Green at Tavern On The Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
281382 19: Actor Carroll O''Connor attends a screening of 'If These Walls Could Talk' September 30, 1996 in New York City. Actress Cher directed the third and fourth episode for the Emmy nominated HBO television anthology 'If These Walls Could Talk.' (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
MAD ABOUT YOU -- 'Jamie's Parents' Episodic 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Helen Hunt as Jamie Stemple Buchman, Carroll O'Connor as Gus Stemple, Carol Burnett as Theresa Stemple -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Actors Carroll O'Conner and Jean Stapleton attend the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 1996 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California (ABC via Getty Images)
Carrol O'Connor & Carol Burnett during Mad About You - Party at House of Blues in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 24: Actor Carroll O'Connor testifies at a Senate subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services on the subject of drug addiction. Listening is former astronaut Buzz Aldrin (left.) (Photo by Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
MAD ABOUT YOU -- 'Paved with Good Intentions' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Carol Burnett as Theresa Stemple, Carroll O'Connor as Gus Stemple -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
MAD ABOUT YOU -- 'Paved with Good Intentions' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Paul Reiser as Paul Buchman, Helen Hunt as Jamie Stemple Buchman, Carol Burnett as Theresa Stemple, Carroll O'Connor as Gus Stemple -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
Carroll O'Connor & Wife during 'Return to Me' Los Angeles Premiere at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinema in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Arrival of actor Carroll O'Connor, who plays the role of Marty O'Reilly in Bonnie Hunt's new film 'Return to Me.' Carroll O'Connor, 76, died of a heart attack June 21, 2001 in Culver City, California. The actor, best known for his role as Archie Bunker on the TV show 'All in the Family,' lived in Malibu, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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More famous faces are expected to appear, including Will Ferrell, who's already slated for an unspecified role. Ferrell is also one of the special's executive producers. "Cheers" co-creator James Burrows will direct.

All four lead actors in the original shows — O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford — have passed, but other co-stars are still with us today. Sally Struthers played the Bunkers' daughter Gloria while Rob Reiner played her husband Michael, a progressive liberal who never failed to grate on his father-in-law's nerves.

The 90-minute live special will air May 22 on ABC.

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