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‘The Jetsons’ Live-Action Reboot Goes Back to Roots with ABC Pilot

by Staff Reporter   Aug 18, 2017 12:54 PM EDT

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Hanna-Barbera's classic cartoon "The Jetsons" is next in line for the reboot treatment. For its live-action return, the television network ABC picked up the series, reminiscing the original partnership they both had.

Robert Zemeckis takes the role of executive producer for "The Jetsons" reboot, with "Will and Grace" and "Family Guy" scribe Gary Janetti working as the show's script and producer. Zemekis and Janetti will be joined by Jack Rapke and Joseph Levine on the producer spot, according to the Hollywod Reporter.

As Deadline reports, many other shows are slated for reboots for the upcoming fall season aside from "The Jetsons." ABC has a limited-time "Roseanne" on schedule, Disney Animation is working on a revamped "DuckTales" animated series, "Munsters" and "Miami Vice" on NBC's lineup and the CW is carrying over its "Charmed" reboot from last season.

Created as the counterpart for Hanna-Barbera's stone-age family "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons" is a futuristic family that originally aired in 1962. Set 100 years in the future, "The Jetsons" features the titular family on a background of spaceships, robots and sprockets. The original series premiered on ABC's primetime block.

George Jetson stands as the family's patriarch, with Janet serving as his wife. Judy is the typical space-age teenager of the family, while Elroy is the younger, intellectual brother of Judy. Rosie is the outdated-yet-loved-robot that takes care of the family, and Astro is the main family pet. Additional characters for the original "The Jetsons" series include George's boss Cosmo Spacely, their competition Spencer Cogswell, George's work computer R.U.D.I., and Cosmo's nephew Orwell. For the live-action "The Jetsons" reboot, no word as to which characters will be seen.

The series was brought back during the 80's with additional new episodes, though the death of George O'Hanlon and Mel Blanc caused the new episodes to cease. The television show was finally put to rest with 1990's "Jetsons: The Movie," serving as the series' finale. 

 

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