Vince Vaughn is Producing a Reboot of ‘The Brady Bunch’ for CBS

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 12:41 pm,

It’s been nearly fourty years since Sherwood Schwartz’s classic ABC family sitcom The Brady Bunch graced the small screen, but it sounds like the titular family will live on at CBS very soon.

Word is that actor Vince Vaughn is co-developing and executive producing a reboot of the classic series with a modern spin. The new multi-camera sitcom, written by Raising Hope and My Name is Earl scribe Mike Mariano, follows a divorced Bobby Brady (the youngest of the boys) who has children of his own, and finds himself remarried to a woman who also has kids. The deal is sweetened by the fact that this remarried couple also share a child of their own.

The fact that this is a normal family dynamic shows how much society and television’s representation of family units has changed over the decades. It’s important to note that while it’s clear Mike and Carol Brady (Robert Reed and Florence Henderson) had previous marriages that ended due to one circumstance or another, the network decided that it was not necessary to proclaim Carol to be a divorcée, and left any talk of the demise of her marriage out of the series. The fact that this new series has not just one, but two divorced couples, clearly shows that the times have changed since The Brady Bunch was a mainstay TV family.

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Apparently, Vaughn came up with this idea and worked with Mariano on developing the new series with Lloyd Schwartz, son of The Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz. Lloyd Schwartz will also executive produce the series with Vaughn, his sister Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story), who has been producing projects for the actor’s Wild West Picture Show Productions banner for years now.

Normally, I would caution against something like this, but Hawaii FIve-O and 90210 have found the right audience, and both are revivals of older TV shows – both produced by CBS TV Studios. Of course, the studio also tried to reboot Bewitched last year, and that didn’t make the schedule.

The question is whether or not those who were fans of the original series (frankly, I have a strange fondness for the show due to a parent who watched the series growing up), will turn out for a contemporary sitcom with ties to the Brady family – or whether new audiences will care about a series with ties to such an old show.

I’m hoping that having Bobby Brady be the center of the family won’t merely be used to create brand recognition, and will instead allow for some clever writing – especially if that means cameos by any of the original cast members (save for Robert Reed, who passed away years and years ago). It’s doubtful that Mike Lookinland would reprise the role of Bobby, since a big name will likely be needed to lead the sitcom.

Source:  Deadline

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  1. Boo…

  2. yeah…..no thanks

    random thought – I always thought Jan was hotter than Marcia

  3. No just no. Can someone not have an original idea anymore? Granted some reboots work(and I like Vince Vaughn) but Vince pulling off The Brady Bunch won’t be one of those sucessful reboots.

  4. First line of the article….

    “It’s been nearly four years since Sherwood Schwartz’s classic ABC family sitcom The Brady Bunch graced the small screen…” Did you mean 40 years?

    This HAS the potential to be good, since I enjoyed watching reruns when I was a kid. Maybe a cross up of Modern Family, The Middle and 2 1/2 Men (tone wise) would make this work. They certainly can’t do the hokiness of the original show. Seeing as I have enjoyed Hawaii 5-0, maybe CBS can get this right, too.

  5. And here I thought the television world wouldn’t get the “reboot virus”

    :(

    • It’s sadly ALL Hollywood and it just took a bit longer for the TV side to catch the deadly germ. :P

  6. Dude seriously? This is all you can generate is another remake? Go back to making B movies and stop wasting our time with this remake BS.

  7. You know what, Im ok with this

  8. I think I need to pick up an old hobby and read a lot more…..

  9. I’m a teen and I can I loved the Brady Bunch! (watching re-runs of course :)) But I do like Vaughn as an actor so I am willing to give this show a chance!

  10. while i think this is just a horid idea to reboot the series i will at lest give it a chance(that is say if it even gets off the ground)

  11. major facepalm

  12. I lost interest the moment I read the words “Vince Vaughn”.

  13. no, no, no, no, no, NO! Im really disappointed they want to reboot especially since its Vince Vaughn producing just stop now please.

  14. So are they going to use Mike Lookinland, (the original Bobby) or just someone with his name? If it’s the latter then any cameos would be pretty hollow meaningless at best because those actors would also most likely be posers. Using the name simply for brand recognition is a deplorable practice.

    Now IF they do use the original “Bobby” then it might work because it would feel like a continuation of the original series plus many of the original group are still active in acting circles (Barry Williams in fact just did a horribad SyFy movie with Danny Bonaduce (of Partridge Family fame) so we know there is still interest)

    I’m not going to hold my breath regardless because reboots like these usually turn out badly (Leave it to Beaver circa 1984 anyone?)

    • There was a Leave it to Beaver reboot?! I’m beginning to hate TV.

      • yes and they used most of the original cast.

        It was truly horrible and still don’t know how it survived 4 seasons.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD-4SM4divM

        and in case you didn’t know there was even a Leave it to Beaver movie! ><

        • A Leave it to Beaver movie?! No wonder the Earth will just give up on December 21. :-D

  15. Lets get Mike Tyson and Jessica Simpson to star in the leading roles.

  16. I loved the Brady Bunch… I will give this a try..

  17. Vince Vaughn? There goes the Brady Bunch innocence. He’ll have greg sleeping with Marcia, Jan becomes a kleptomaniac, while Bobby gets hooked on Internet porn. oh spare us……

  18. Why not. Just gonna produce a pilot doesn’t mean it will be picked up. Anyway original tv show was good. I remember it well when I was a kid I’m 39 now. Since when does CBS when they do pick up a show falter. Take a shot who knows.

  19. Please Don’t

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