6/20/2005


The following article appeared in the July 2005 issue of Ebony Magazine





The following article appeared in the June 3, 2005 issue of Jet Magazine





Several Cooks Meddle with 'Honeymooners' Soup

By Daniel Fienberg


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)- Since Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd walked the beat in 1987's "Dragnet," nearly every classic television property has been mined for big screen gold. In some cases -- "The Addams Family," "The Fugitive," "The Brady Bunch Movie" -- the results didn't cause viewers to bleed from the eyes. Far more often, though, viewers have been left wondering why the shows of their youth were plundered for a chance at box office lucre that rarely paid off.

Perhaps that's why it took producers so long to get around to adapting "The Honeymooners." The Jackie Gleason comedy is a television landmark, the basis for countless shows about blustery loud men and the patient women who love them. Even if producers didn't think "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" were sacred, shows like "The Honeymooners" and "I Love Lucy" were left alone.

"We're not touching the original," director John Schultz ("Like Mike") insists. "The original is intact. We haven't gone in and reedited or added any elements. The shows are the shows. When people say, 'You're destroying a classic,' no, we're just taking these characters and putting them in a modern context." (Read More...)