The future is now! ABC is partnering with Warner Brothers Television to develop a brand new live-action, multi-camera comedy show based on the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon family, The Jetsons.
The pilot has found its home at ABC with a sizable put-pilot commitment. It will be written by Gary Janetti (Family Guy, Will & Grace), who will executive produce alongside Jack Rapke and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit).
The new series is described as being based on the original animated series. The sitcom will be set 100 years in the future and revolve around America’s favorite future family told through a modern filter.
Warner Bros. Television, who was behind the original The Jetsons, is producing alongside Nickleby Inc. and Compari Entertainment. Jackie Levine is set as a co-Executive Produce.
The Jetsons originally aired on ABC in the 1960s. The family cartoon about George, his wife Jane, daughter Judy and son Elroy, their dog Astro, and housekeeper Rosie, ran for two seasons in 1962-63 when it was the first program broadcast in color on the network. The series later aired on Sunday mornings on ABC in 1963-64 and later moved to CBS and NBC.
New episodes were produced in the mid-1980s. A 1990 animated musical film was produced by Universal Pictures and featured the voices of original cast members Mel Blanc, George O’Hanlon, and Penny Singleton and served as the series finale.
The new ABC comedy comes as Warner Animation Group is also in the midst of producing their own animated feature film with Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) attached.