A New Show Starring Bobby Brady—Who Could Play the Rest of the Bunch?

Full disclosure: this is not much more than a hunch

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Vince Vaughn at the Hollywood premiere of 'The Watch' on July 23, 2012.

History repeats itself, and so do sitcoms: Vince Vaughn is developing a Brady Bunch reboot with CBS.* The Vaughn-produce show will revolve around an adult version of Bobby Brady, the youngest Brady boy (played by Mike Lookinland in the original 1969–1974 series). This grown-up Bobby is divorced with kids and married to a divorcée with kids of her own. Sounds familiar. But, according to Deadline Hollywood, the new version will also show a shared child from the new marriage and the frequent presences of the parents’ exes, in accord with a more modern acceptance of divorce. Of course, viewers can expect an updated version of the classic theme song.

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The cast has not been announced and we won’t venture to suggest child actors to play the new Brady brood (we don’t even know if the new mom and her kids will have hair of gold), but we hope the series includes aunt and uncle cameos. If our casting dreams came true, here’s who’d fill the empty spaces on the sides of that three-by-three Brady Bunch grid.

As Aunt Marcia: Marcia was always the most beautiful, popular Brady girl, and we bet she married up. She could be the fancy aunt, played by—even if it’s a bit of typecasting—Kim Cattrall.

As Aunt Jan: Oh, Jan Brady. Forever second fiddle to her older sister, we bet Jan developed a thick skin and a sense of humor. She could be the wacky aunt who can make Thanksgiving Dinner into comedy hour, as played by Jane Lynch.

As Aunt Cindy: No offense Cindy—and maybe it’s cruel to say this about a little girl—but we always thought you were a bit of a ditz. A sweet one, but a ditz nonetheless. And that means that she could be the aunt you’re laughing at, not with. Amy Poehler, please.

As Uncle Greg: Greg Brady was always a bit of a dreamboat, but you know what can happen to high-school jocks when they move to a bigger pond. It’s not always pretty. Uncle Greg could be the embarrassing burn-out uncle. We’re picturing Woody Harrelson with a scruffy beard and a Hawaiian shirt.

As Uncle Peter: Peter Brady had severe middle-child syndrome and would sometimes disappear amid the bustle. He could be the straight-laced, conservative uncle, played to great effect by Steve Carell.

What do you think? Who else could take on those classic TV roles?

[*Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Vince Vaughn would star as Bobby Brady. He will produce but not star—we’ll have to wait to see who will play that lead role.]

6 comments
JoshuaHoward
JoshuaHoward

I will differently want to see another Brady Bunch Reunion Special with the original cast not what Vince Vaughn picked that is for sure

kienowa
kienowa

I agree with OldManPar, offer the original actors there old roles. They would make the show "more real". If they have there own children, offer there own children to play a role...kinda keep it in the families. Then go from there using. Oh and dont go making a character into something they never portrade in the original show as a child. No trashy looking bum that you had in idea for Greg. But the idea of bring back the brady bunch is awesome as I have my own children hooked on the original shows!!!

OldManPar
OldManPar

Here's a crazy idea: offer the roles first to the original actors.  Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen and some of the others from the original cast would be perfect.

f_galton
f_galton

That Yale degree is really paying dividends Lily Rothman.

FLA_MOM
FLA_MOM

Betty White as Alice, because they just couldn't get rid of her and she got "handed down" to the kids!

Pikkewyntjie
Pikkewyntjie

Heck yeah! No replacing Robert Reed either. Mike Brady died and that's that. It happens. The whole premise of the original show was based on people whose spouses had died. In fact, a good plot line could involve Mrs. Brady acquiring hubby #3. He's the same age as Greg (heh heh).