Everybody fondly remembers Andy, Barney, and little Opie from “The Andy Griffith Show” back in the day. It was an iconic TV show and millions have fond memories associated with the characters and the town of Mayberry. It was the type of show that should be left to lie as legendary. Never to be remade.
But remaking it they are. NBC will be creating “The NEW Andy Griffith Show” with an all-black cast, due to air this fall.
The lead character of Andy will be played by the son of comedian Eddie Murphy, Tyrone. His goofy sidekick, Barney, previously Don Knotts, has been cast by Kool Moe Dee, a rapper from the 80’s. Andy’s precocious son, originally Ron Howard in his first ever role, has been taken by “Little T”, son of mohawked actor, Mr T. And the loveable Aunt Bea, a character once played by an actor nobody has ever known the name of, has been taken over by newcomer Shaniq’ua. Just Shaniq’ua.
The network has promised that the new show will remain faithful to the original but how can it be? The makeup of the characters is fundamentally different. Their life experiences, their problems, their dreams and aspirations are at absolute odds with each other. Right?