NBC covers 'Partridge,' giving Rake two new gigs


"The Partridge Family" has found a new network home at NBC.

The Peacock has picked up a contemporary single-camera take on the classic ABC sitcom to be written by Jeff Rake.

It is one of two projects Rake has sold in the past week, along with untitled action dramedy at Fox, a collaboration with Mitch Hurwitz, Sony TV and studio-based Tantamount, to which Anthony and Joe Russo are attached to direct. Both projects have landed script commitments with penalty.

"Partridge" hails from Reveille, Geffen Records and Sony TV.

A fan of the original, Rake plans to "turn the premise on its head."

"In the original, the kids actually recruited their mom to front the band, which I can't see happening in any family on this planet," he said. "The new version will reflect what seems to me to be the more realistic family band scenario these days: a struggling, sort of well-meaning mom pimping her kids in order to create a wholesome-slash-sexy cash cow."

Based on a concept by CAA-repped Hurwitz, the Fox project was inspired by the government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Both projects were packaged by WMA, which reps Rake and Geffen. Rake also is repped by Anonymous Content and attorney Matt Johnson. (partialdiff)