With Tuesday’s announcement that a Roseanne revival is officially coming back to ABC, nostalgia-themed programming seems to be showing no signs of slowing down. And in the flurry of fall scheduling news, ABC also dropped an item that Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux would be teaming up to produce a special for the upcoming season, tentatively called the “Untitled Kimmel and Theroux Project,” which will revive classic television scripts and have them acted out by “today’s biggest names in comedy.”
On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel brought on his good friend to talk a little bit about the project, which Theroux described by saying, “We had an idea which is to take old sitcom scripts from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s,” — “which we love,” interjected Kimmel — “and to do them live, with actors and comedians and funny people on ABC.”
Whether anything is set in stone yet is another story, but they’ve already got some solid ideas as to which sitcoms and comedians they’d like to feature. Kimmel says that their “dream” would be to act out Diff’rent Strokes with Kevin Hart playing the part of Gary Coleman and Will Ferrell as Mr. Drummond; and they’ve even got something special in store for Theroux’s wife Jennifer Aniston and her former Friends costar Courtney Cox.
We’ll just have to wait and see! This would not be Kimmel and Theroux’s first collaboration, as the pair previously brought us a riveting biopic of the UConn “drunk mac and cheese kid.”
While Theroux was there, Kimmel also couldn’t help playing a prank on his friend by “helping” him promote himself for Emmy consideration for his role in HBO’s The Leftovers, with some very creative alterations to his Mercedes — which is indeed “Justin” time for nominations. He should just consider himself lucky that he hasn’t worn sweatpants at all this season.