Kerry Washington in Scandal


Kerry Washington is the latest star to join ABC's upcoming "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons.'"

The "Scandal" vet has boarded the special, which will see an episode from each of the popular '70s sitcoms recreated live. Washington is set to play Helen Willis, a neighbor of George and Louise Jefferson in "The Jeffersons," Deadline reports. Her TV husband, Tom Willis, will be portrayed by Will Ferrell.

The special was announced in April, and it boasts a number of high-profile actors, both in front of and behind the camera. The cast includes the likes of Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson, and Wanda Sykes, among others. Washington will take on the role that was Roxie Roker's in "The Jeffersons," while Ferrell takes up the baton from Franklin Cover. The former "Scandal" star is well-known to ABC audiences, having starred as Olivia Pope for seven seasons.

The upcoming special is set to be produced by Smoking Baby Productions, ACT III Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions, and Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear is returning to executive produce and he's joined by Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam McKay, and Justin Theroux.

"Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" is scheduled to air live on Wednesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

[via: Deadline]