July 31, 2012 12:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Developing 'Brady Bunch' Reboot With Vince Vaughn
CBS is looking to tell a new story about a man named Brady.
The network has given a script commitment to a reboot of The Brady Bunch from executive producer Vince Vaughn and CBS Television Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The multicamera comedy about the famed TV family would revolve around the youngest of Mike Brady's boys, Bobby Brady, as a divorced dad who remarries and starts a new family.
Raising Hope's Mike Mariano will pen the project and executive produce alongside Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, who created the original ABC sitcom that ran from 1969-74. Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley will also exec produce through the actor's Wild West Picture Show Productions shingle.
The original Brady Bunch revolved around the blended family of Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol (Florence Henderson), but their former spouses were never depicted and rarely mentioned. (Carol was divorced, while Mike's previous wife had died.) The CBS effort would include Bobby and his new bride's exes and, like the original, feature their kids from previous marriages, along with the couple's shared child.
CBS Television Studios has the rights to the original series, which was produced by Paramount Television. The Brady Bunch reboot, should it move beyond the script stage, would join a roster of reboots the studio has found success with: CBS' Hawaii Five-0, The CW's 90210 and the latter network's upcoming Beauty and the Beast entry.
Mining material from yesteryear continues to be a hot trend in TV. NBC is rebooting The Munsters, with Bryan Fuller's entry expected to receive a series order, and ABC last year attempted to revitalize the Charlie's Angels franchise with a drama take that was canceled after airing handful of poorly performing episodes.
Vaughn, for his part, is an executive producer on TBS' freshman comedy Sullivan & Son.