NewsOriginal 'Good Times' Star Slams Netflix Reboot

Original ‘Good Times’ Star Slams Netflix Reboot

A cast member from the original “Good Times” series is calling out Netflix’s “progressive” animated reboot of the beloved family show.

A cast member from the original “Good Times” series is calling out Netflix’s “progressive” animated reboot of the beloved family show.

She recalls actor Jimmie Walker, who played JJ Evans in the original, contacting Norman Lear’s office–the original show’s executive producer– to pitch a “Good Times” cartoon that would include everyone minus the late Esther Rolle.

“A few months later, I think six months later, they came up, and somebody said they had a cartoon coming,” Stanis told TMZ.

“My manager called up Norman’s office to see if we were included. I mean, if you’re gonna do that, let us know. They said, ‘Oh no, it’s going to be generations later and it’s going to be like progressive,’ or whatever,” she shared. “But [Netflix producer] Brent Miller loves us very much–loves me and Jimmie–I know that. He said, ‘I can give you a small role in there.’”

Described as an “edgy, irreverent reimagining of the TV classic,” the Netflix reboot sees a fourth generation of the Evans family living in a housing project while surviving “the system on the South Side of Chicago,” showrunner and executive producer Ranada Shepard says of the show.

Also executive-produced by Stephen Curry, Seth MacFarlane, and Lear, the animated reimagining includes the voices of Yvette Nicole Brown, J.B. Smoove, Marsai Martin, and Jay Pharoah. But after seeing the trailer, Stanis called out Netflix for alluding to a more “progressive” version of the show but leaving out the fact the family still lived in the projects with a drug-dealing toddler.

“When you see something that actually is not progressive, it kind of brings you back into the projects two generations later,” Stanis said.

“Thelma had a baby, what happened to that baby? I wanted to be a surgeon, I guess I was. JJ was a famous artist. So you have positive images generations before that and then all of a sudden you see this?”

Stanis remains hopeful that after watching the new show, she might change her mind.

Netflix’s animated reboot of “Good Times” premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 12.

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Source: Black Enterprise


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