Here’s the story … of a Brady reboot.
That’s the latest story, at least according to Deadline.com. Evidently, CBS is developing a new version of The Brady Bunch comedy series, and actor Vince Vaughn is co-developing and executive producing the show. It’s described as a “multi-camera comedy project,” but that does not necessarily mean it will be a traditional sitcom filmed in front of a live studio audience. The project has received a script order.
NERD ALERT! NERD ALERT!
The original show was created by Sherwood Schwartz and centered on Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with three sons who marries Carol Ann Martin (Florence Henderson), who has three daughters. The series ran on ABC from 1969-1974 and surrounded the crazy adventures of the 6 kids, along with the trials of Mike, Carol and housekeeper Alice trying to teach them to be good people. Or something like that.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. There was a Saturday morning animated series from 1972-74 focusing on (and entitled) The Brady Kids, then The Brady Bunch Variety Hour in 1977 which latched onto the popular music/sketch comedy-style show from that period, a spin-off series about Jan and Marcia’s married lives called The Brady Brides in 1981, the ratings giant A Very Brady Christmas TV movie in 1988, and finally the 6-episode dramedy entitled The Bradys from 1990 that focused the kids’ and parents adult lives.
That’s not to mention the feature films 1995 and 1996, respectively– The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel– which were camptastic re-imaginings of the series with an entirely new cast. They even had an animated sequence honoring The Brady Kids in the second film. (We DID warn you this was a nerd alert.)
Okay, back to the story…
The new Vaughn-produced series is supposed to be a spin-off from the original series. “On the new Brady Bunch, written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl), a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they also share a child,” Deadline reports. “In addition, their ex-spouses are still part of their lives. The new setup in the sequel reflects the evolution of family dynamics over the past four decades. Back in 1969, Schwartz wanted Carol to be a divorcee but the network refused, so the end of her first marriage was never addressed.”
Mike Lookinland, now 51, played Bobby in the original show and various reunions, but there’s no word if he’ll be involved in this incarnation.
In case you didn’t know about all the crazy Brady versions that existed, here are credits to some of those series.
Um… Tina Turner, Milton Berle and Mrs. Brady in a conga line. WHAT?
And, finally, the original series in all its various versions.