Another year, another reboot is in the works. There is a female-driven reboot of The Honeymooners in the works at CBS. The multi-camera project which is described as “a bold, female-driven reboot” comes from executive producers Damon Wayans Jr. and Kameron Tarlow’s Two Shakes Entertainment and showrunner Lindsey Shockley. Kelly Park is also executive producing and directing the reboot.
Written by Shockley and to be directed by Park, The Honeymooners is described as a bold, female-driven reboot of the iconic working-class comedy centered around 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 when a marriage has two heads of the household? Are they co-heads? Or no head at all?
The Honeymooners began as a comedy sketch on star Jackie Gleason’s variety show and aired on CBS for one season from 1955-56. Mostly set in the Ralph Kramdens’ kitchen in a Brooklyn apartment building, The Honeymooners was one of the first U.S. TV shows to feature working-class married couples in a non-idyllic environment.
Gleason starred as New York City bus driver Ralph Kramden along with Audrey Meadows as his wife, Alice; Art Carney as his best friend, sewer worker Ed Norton; and Joyce Randolph as Norton’s wife, Trixie. Most of the episodes centered on Kramden and Norton’s schemes to strike it rich, while their wives looked on with weary patience. One of Kramden’s signature lines, along with an upraised fist, was, “To the moon, Alice, to the moon!” as a comeback to Alice’s jibes.
This isn’t the first reboot, nor the first reboot from a different cultural perspective. There was a 2005 The Honeymooners feature film from Paramount Pictures with a largely Black cast, including Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union, Mike Epps and Regina Hall.