Want to know what NBC Entertainment boss Ben Silverman's childhood was like? Just check out his network's lineup. NBC has already tried out remakes of American Gladiators and Knight Rider, and now it's landed itself a new version of The Partridge Family.
Oddly, the people behind the project say they don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia. Writer Jeff Rake told the Hollywood Reporter that he wants to "turn the premise on its head":
"In the original, the kids actually recruited their mom to front the band, which I can't see happening in any family on this planet," he said. "The new version will reflect what seems to me to be the more realistic family band scenario these days: a struggling, sort of well-meaning mom pimping her kids in order to create a wholesome-slash-sexy cash cow."
"Wholesome-slash-sexy cash cow"? Sounds right up Silverman's alley. There's just one small problem, though: Not too many of his remakes seem to be working. Do you think there's any hope for a modern spin on The Partridge Family? Or is this yet another cultural touchstone that should just be left alone?