'Brady Bunch' reboot, produced by Vince Vaughn, in the works
Here's the story of a man named ... Bobby.
CBS is developing a multi-camera reboot of the hit family comedy series "The Brady Bunch" along with Vince Vaughn, who will serve as the new project's executive producer, the actor confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday, July 31, following a report by Deadline. Reps for the network had no immediate comment.
The original series aired on ABC between 1969 and 1974 and focused on Mike Brady, a widow, and his wife Carol, who live in a house in the suburbs with his three boys and her three daughters. The children are from each of the couple's previous marriages, although it was never explained what happened to the father of Carol's girls. Divorce was a touchy subject back then.
Deadline said the new "Brady Bunch" would focus on the youngest son, Bobby. The reboot depicts him as a divorced father and husband of a woman who also has children of her own. The two also share a child and maintain contact with their exes. The names of potential cast members of the new "Brady Bunch" project have not been released.
Mike Lookinland, now 51, played Bobby on the original "Brady Bunch" series and reprised his role in the ABC spin-off "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour," the 1981 NBC TV movie "The Brady Girls Get Married," the 1988 CBS TV film "A Very Brady Christmas" and the short-lived CBS show "The Bradys," which depicted the Brady children as married adults with children.
Lookinland and several other "Brady Bunch" actors, including Florence Henderson, who played Carol, reunited for TV specials, such as the game show "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays" in 2008.
Several cast members also had cameos in the 1995 parody film "The Brady Bunch," which depicted the family acting the same way they did on the original show, but was set in the 1990s grunge rock era. Lookingland's part was cut from the final edit of the movie, which starred Jesse Lee Soffer of the soap opera "As The World Turns" as Bobby.
Vaughn's company, Wild West Picture Show Productions, also produced TBS' new comedy series "Sullivan & Son," a family comedy about a corporate lawyer-turned bar owner. The show premiered on July 19.
Thursday's episode drew 2.47 million viewers and earned a rating of 0.9 among people between the ages of 18 and 49, making it the second most-watched cable show during the 10 p.m. hour, ranking above MTV's new "Jersey Shore" spin-off, "Snooki & Jwoww."
(Pictured above: "The Brady Bunch" original cast members, from left: Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb and Barry Williams pose together on the set of 'Trivial Pursuit: America Plays,' in Los Angeles on Oct. 13, 2008. Credit: AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)