Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
The Collinses came back this summer in the form Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. The Munsters are gearing up for a small-screen return with Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane at NBC. But it’s not just monstrous retro families that are making a comeback. The Brady Bunch is now poised for a revival at CBS, with Vince Vaughn on board as co-developer and executive producer.
That the network is eager to reintroduce an old hit isn’t surprising, and you’d be forgiven if your knee-jerk reaction was to roll your eyes and pound your fists. However, this do-over actually sounds more promising than most: Mike Mariano, writer and producer of Raising Hope and My Name is Earl, is on board to write the script. More details after the jump.
Deadline reports that the multi-camera comedy has already received a script order. The new Brady Bunch will be a sort of reboot and sequel to the old Brady Bunch, with a focus on Bobby Brady. In the original sitcom, which aired on ABC from 1969-1974, Bobby was the youngest of three boys in the Brady family. Now all grown up, Bobby’s a divorced father remarried to a woman who also has kids of her own from a previous relationship. In addition, the new couple also share a child.
The new Brady Bunch will reflect more contemporary values and traditions. For example, both Bobby and his wife will maintain contact with their exes, whereas the original Brady Bunch shied away from exploring Carol’s previous relationship. (Bobby’s dad Mike was a widower.) That messiness should be right up Mariano’s alley, as he’s proven a knack for exploring offbeat familial relationships with the Hickeys and Turners of Earl and the Chances of Hope.
Over the past four decades, The Brady Bunch has spawned several spinoffs and sequels, across television, cinema, and theater, but CBS’ project would be the first major reboot of the series. If the new Brady Bunch makes it to series, it’ll join the network’s Hawaii Five-0 in the small but growing group of successful revivals. CBS also made a recent attempt to update Bewitched, but wasn’t able to get it off the ground.