CBS is going back to the well once again for its latest project: revamping a classic series for modern audiences.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is moving forward with a revamp of 'Love, American Style,' spearheaded by 'Being Erica' creator Jana Sinyor and 'The Best Years' creator Aaron Martin.
The original 1970s series was an anthology show, with weekly standalone tales of light-hearted romance, often featuring the same actors portraying different characters in various episodes. One of the notable episodes spawned the classic series 'Happy Days.'
However, the revamp will reportedly cast aside the anthology format in favor of a regular cast of eight characters. The leads will pair off as four couples, each addressing endless complications in their respective love lives and friendships. In other words, it's like every relationship comedy on the air right now.
This is not the first time a network has taken a stab at rebooting the series. ABC briefly aired a daytime version in 1985 entitled 'New Love, American Style,' while 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' star Melissa Joan Hart starred in the unaired pilot of a 1998 version. More recently, NBC attempted a similarly-themed anthology series dubbed 'Love Bites,' starring Becki Newton ('How I Met Your Mother') and Greg Grunberg ('Felicity') which lasted nine episodes.
While it's understandable that the network would be wary of getting behind an anthology series as they typically do not perform well ratings-wise, it's difficult to get excited by a classic series being relegated to what sounds like another in a long line of predictable relationship comedies. What do you think about this classic series reboot?