Maybe instead of “mom always said don’t play ball in the house,” we’ll hear, “mom always said no tweeting during dinner!”
You never know what contemporary twists will show up on a re-boot of beloved 1970s sitcom “The Brady Bunch” that is being co-developed and executive produced by “The Watch” star Vince Vaughn. According to Deadline Hollywood, Vaughn is the mastermind behind a multi-camera remake of the iconic family sitcom being developed by CBS that has already received a script order.
No casting has been announced yet for the “Brady” 2.0 show being written by Mike Mariano (“Raising Hope,” “My Name is Earl”), but in the new version youngets son Bobby Brady is divorced and remarried to a woman who also has first-marriage kids and the couple have their own child together. In another new wrinkle, both of their ex-spouses are still a part of their lives.
The original show created by late TV icon Sherwood Schwartz (“Gilligan’s Island,” “My Favorite Martian”) starred former stage actor Robert Reed as widowed architect and father of three (Greg, Peter and Bobby) Mike Brady. Though the social norms of the times did not allow Schwartz to reveal what happened to her first marriage, Mike marries single mom Carol Martin, who brings three daughters (Marcia, Jan and Cindy) to the mix, creating the Bunch.
Schwartz’s son, Lloyd, will executive produce the new show, along with Vaughn, his partner/sister, Victoria Vaughn and former child star-turned-producer Peter Billingsley.
The original, which had modest ratings during its 1969-1974 run, became a beloved must-see in syndication. It spawned a series of spin-offs, including a “Brady Kids” Saturday morning cartoon, a short-lived “Brady Bunch Variety Hour” series in 1977, a 1981 “Brady Girls Get Married” special and a 1988 “Very Brady Christmas” reunion movie.