‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot Eyed at CBS, Damon Wayans Jr. EP

Prepare to shake your head as I read this as I type it.

CBS develops (once again) a ‘reimagining’ of The Newlyweds, the classic TV comedy spin-off in October 1955 The Jackie Gleason Show and played Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph.

Executive produced by Damon Wayans Jr. and Kameron Tarlow (via their Two Shakes Entertainment shingle) and written by Lindsey Shockley (mixed-ish), this new Honeymoons, reports our sister site Deadline, is described as “a daring, female-driven reboot of the iconic working-class comedy centered around the new wife, Ruth, and her husband, Alex, who are determined to have a marriage where they are true equals. in every way.”

“But what happens if a marriage has two heads of household?” the synopsis asks dramatically. β€œAre they co-heads? Or no head at all?”


If you got a wave of deja vu, like we were here on the TVLine Slack, it’s because almost exactly five years ago, CBS developed a Honeymoons reboot helped by The MuppetsBob Kushell. That view would have focused on “two couples who are also best friends and neighbors β€” only this time one of the couples is remarrying after being separated four years earlier.”

And yes, The Newlyweds was also updated via a (poorly received) 2005 film adaptation starring Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Mike Epps, and Regina Hall.

Based on the little detail above, what’s your knee jerk on this “reimagining” of the big one? Honeymoons?

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