'Partridge Family' bound for NBC
Attached scribe Jeff Rake also lands project at Fox"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 dramedy at Fox, a collaboration with Mitch Hurwitz 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 1970s series, 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."
Rake describes the Fox project, from Sony TV and studio-based Tantamount, as "a one-hour, high-octane action dramedy."
Based on a concept by Hurwitz and inspired by the government's real-life Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, it centers on "a Pentagon-based inventor who decided he couldn't live another day standing on the sidelines while Rome burns and accordingly set out put his inventions to very real use, behind the back of friends, family and the entire U.S. government," Rake said. "The heart and fun of the show is the lead character, who, while a badass in his own way, is a very grounded, relatable guy."
The project reunites Emmy winners Hurwitz, the Russos and Fox. The Russos won an Emmy for directing Hurwitz's Fox comedy "Arrested Development." It also gets the Russo brothers back in business with Fox's entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who, while in the same post at FX, gave them their big TV break when he tapped them to direct the pilot for "Lucky."
"Partridge" and the Fox dramedy were packaged by WMA, which reps Rake and Geffen. Rake ("The Practice") is additionally repped by Anonymous Content and attorney Matt Johnson. Hurwitz, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum's Tantamount is repped by CAA.