Harper Valley PTA" which starred Barbara Eden (of "I Dream of Jeannie" fame). His early work in Hollywood was writing for a 1950's comedy show, "The Red Skelton Show" for which Mr. Schwartz earned an Emmy.
|The Brady Brides, circa 1981|
In any event, this week news surfaced that CBS has placed a script order for a reboot of "The Brady Bunch," which is being executive-produced by 'The Watch' star Vince Vaughn", an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Apparently, it will be a "multi-camera comedy project, which will be produced by CBS TV Studios."
Deadline reports the reboot will be set in the current era, but will have a decidedly more modern, evolved take on blended families. That sounds good.
|Mike Lookinland, the original Bobby Brady then and in 1988|
The media reports that the updated Brady couple also shares a child, but ex-spouses will still be part of their lives. The Associated Press reports that Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope") will write and executive produce the new project. Lloyd Schwartz, son of the original "Brady Bunch" creator Sherwood Schwartz, will also serve as an executive producer, alongside Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn (the actor's sister) and Peter Billingsley (yes, that IS the kid from "A Christmas Story"! See HERE for a before-and-after update for him). Those are positive signs, as most seem to have motive to produce a decent product.
I think it's premature to reach any conclusions at this point, but I sincerely hope Mr. Vaughn considers my thoughts. Remember, the former President of NBC, Warren Littlefield said (see my post HERE) "... in a network world, that [meaning bigger-budget productions for a series] still may not survive. Network [TV] is still looking for a larger tent, still looking to find something like a 'Modern Family' that appeals to adults and kids, audiences of all ages. That's still, at nearly 20 million people a week, that's a pretty broad-based hit that really far exceeds what's being watched on cable." But I noted in my commentary that unlike, say HBO, which is subscription-based, networks can't really do big-budget productions without massive audiences. Indeed, I did an entire post entitled "What Happens to TV As We Know It When The Business Model No Longer Works?", and drawing an audience is getting harder and harder with 200+ TV channels in most homes, along with on-demand, Hulu, and DVDs competing for viewership, so drawing viewers in is critical.
But, I'm likely to tune in, at least initially. I did with "The Bionic Woman" but hated it. Still, I have zero interest in watching Snooki and JWoww on MTV (see my post on MTV HERE), so I'd welcome something that's reasonably coherent and entertaining. Below is the (in)famous Brady Bunch theme song, or you can get it at Amazon.com. I would just add that an interesting fan page dedicated to the series called "BradyBunchShrine.com" has the themes as well as all the various other sound effects, so check it out.
Original Still in Syndication; Also Now Digitized for Streaming to Mobile Devices
For those who prefer the classic, rest assured those are still alive and well on television even today. As of August 2012, the show runs on Me-TV, and the socially-conservative TV network INSP, so you can set your DVRs accordingly. Beyond that, it can be streamed via Amazon.com Instant Video (for a fee), Netflix streaming (subscription required), or a few episodes can be watched online (free, at least presently) on the CBS-operated TV.com website or mobile application on either the iTunes or Android/Google Play marketplaces, or you can get it on DVD (and some still have it on VHS, too, check for it on eBay if you prefer the analog format). Of note is that each season can be purchased individually, or you can buy the entire series complete with a shag carpeting themed package. Groovy!!
Finally, over time, I will be covering different aspects of The Brady Bunch again, so stay tuned for more.
|"The Brady Bunch" Complete Series DVD Package|