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News Briefs: CBS Is Rebooting The Brady Bunch with a Divorced Bobby

WE DON'T NEED THIS, DO WE? NEWS

... [To be sung to the tune of The Brady Bunch theme for as long as you can stand:] Here's the story of a network named CBS, who was so desperate that it decided to develop a reboot of The Brady Bunch focused on a divorced Bobby Brady and produced by Vince Vaughn. The plan here is to revisit the youngest male Brady in his older years, when he's divorced with kids of his own and does the exact same thing his daddy did: marry another woman with kids. Where's the sanctity of marriage, Bradys? Should we all make a mass suicide pact if this actually makes it to air? [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... So the other day we talked about Community creator Dan Harmon selling a multi-camera comedy project to Fox and we all thought, "Oh crazy Dan Harmon! A multi-camera comedy? That ain't you!" Well apparently whatever he is smoking he likes, because he's got another script deal going at CBS for another multi-camera comedy. No details on the project yet, though. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Personal schedule reclaimer TiVo has released data on the most time-shifted programs (that's fancy talk for shows that are DVR'd), and the show most frequently watched NOT during its live airing is... Nurse Jackie? The showtime dramedy had a time-shift rate of 89.3 percent, meaning only just over 10 percent of the people who watch Nurse Jackie watch it live. One possible reason? It airs opposite Game of Thrones, and damn it if people are going to miss that. Next on the list were Portlandia (88.4 percent), Eureka (87.7 percent), and Dexter (87 percent). [Daily Beast]

... WEtv has renewed Joan & Melissa and My Fair Wedding, and announced a spin-off of Braxton Family Values titled Tamar & Vince. The W in WEtv stands for "What the hell are these shows?" [Broadcasting & Cable]

... Fox has bought Hard Up, a single-camera comedy based on the Israeli series Asfur. Tee hee, ass fur. The Israeli comedy follows four struggling 20-something dudes who will do anything to keep their house as their neighborhood transforms into yuppieville. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The same production company that sold the upcoming conspiracy drama Zero Hour to ABC has another project at the network. Founding Fathers is set in Texas, where small militias rule the land. The drama will follow a man who returns home from serving in Afghanistan to find his hometown under control of a militia run by his brother. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Shawn Ryan is tapping into the acting pool of his acclaimed series The Shield for his new ABC show Last Resort. Jay Karnes, who played Dutch on the gritty FX drama, will play the Secretary of Defense in the thriller about a rogue nuclear sub crew. [EW]

... Life Unexpected's Shiri Appleby will guest-star on HBO's Girls as a potential love interest for Adam, Hannah's ex-boyfriend. Well if Hannah can be romanced by Patrick Wilson in Season 2, I guess Adam can land a hottie like Appleby. [Deadline Hollywood]


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Why do we have to do this to the Brady Bunch? Some classic reboots are a great way to revive old favorites, but they should really leave this one alone... I wonder how Florence Henderson feels about this...
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Glad Harmon is selling all this different projects - the man has too much imagination for it to be bottle up in only one show.



And no, I don't want to talk about that "Brady" reboot - such heinous ideas should just be completely ignored.
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Actually, I would like to viciously kill the Brady idea with fire.
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Why in bloody hell? Have we no dignity anymore?
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A divorced Bobby Brady?
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Wow. Nice. Kinda related, but I think about when we were born and what shows we watched growing up.
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I really hope they don't bring Bobby Brady back and do a show about him. He's in his 60s now I bet so wouldn't he have kids in their 20s and 30s by now?
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He is now 51... 52 next December. It is possible as a man of his age that he has children aged from birth to end of their 20's. I have seen men his age with tots so heaven knows BUT I don't think they are on a winner with the story concept at any rate.
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He's only in his early fifties, not his sixties.
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I'm glad Tivo is releasing these kind of numbers. Neilson will not be along much longer. Adapt or die.
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Oh no please. Television today is begging for originality - so are movies. (I have to say 'Ted' impressed me if only for the originality).

The networks and cable networks can't afford to continue to pay for the popular, excellent shows that are now on - so now they're ending very quickly one by one.

Soon we'll have nothing but poor writers, lousy actors - oh and the wonderful world of reality tv which has already taken over, what - about 40 percent of the time slots and repeats of decent shows (ad nauseum) for another 40 percent.

One more aspect of this - do we REALLY need to ruin another half dozen kids' futures?
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Soon?
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Did you ever see Unhappily Ever After where Bobcat Goldthwait voiced a bunny named Mr. Floppy? It was a bit like Married with Children where the dad has issues involving the a stuffed rabbit.
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Not to mention, it was made by the same guy who created Married With...Children.
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Ugh, that Brady Bunch idea sounds like The New Leave It To Beaver mk 2. Just, no.



Dan Harmon, you keep cashing in, show NBC who the man is! You shouldn't rest until you have developments at every network but them.



Neat, I watch #3 on the most-DVR'd shows! Oh, wait, I "watched" it because it's canceled and aired its last episode.
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Worst idea ever! We don't need a new version of the Brady Bunch!
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Way to go Dutch Boy, remember when he punched Vic that was epic.
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Is this necessary?
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Is it the 1st of April already?
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cool
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This can't be happening. Say it isn't so. PLEASE!
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Wait you're serious about this brady bunch thing? Got to love how this business works. Just bring back crap from decades ago and see if it works.



This seems to be the season of the reboots. I wonder if in 10 or 20 years we'll have a reboot of Roseanne or Mama's Family or something crazy.
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Does anybody here think this new show will fail faster than last year's revival of "Charlie's Angels"? Maybe it will be an even bigger bomb than the other Brady Bunch reboot "The Bradys". I'm sure everybody remembers that show.
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Or faster than Knightrider? or.... any others you can think of.
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I think CBS is overlooking a very important point about The Brady Bunch. It was a kids show, even though it aired in primetime. Nowadays there's specialty channels for that sort of kids show.
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Here's an idea: a core group of the audience of Nurse Jackie is...nurses. They work 12 hour (or more) shifts and many would have to DVR the show.
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Why are they orange?!
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I don't am kind of looking forward to it, "if" it makes it to air.
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I expect such things from NBC. But CBS? The Brady Bunch? why? What is wrong with you?
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What's wrong with this world? A Brady Bunch spinoff? Really CBS? You guys should be looking for more shows like Person of Interest...
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Shoot me now. Wait, no, shoot a network executive.
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so.. it's more like a spinoff and not a reboot then.. either way I won't watch that crap.
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It sounds more like a spin-off to me, too.
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