Bosses at cable channel VH1 are planning to bring cult 1970s sitcom THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY back to TV - as a new reality show.

SONY PICTURES TELEVISION, which holds the rights to the show about a musical family, will produce a reality series for the cable channel chronicling the casting of the new Partridges, as well as a scripted half-hour pilot featuring the winners.

The original Partridge Family ran on ABC in America from 1970 to 1974. The show starred OSCAR-winner Shirley Jones, her real life stepson David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.

VH1 has ordered seven episodes of the reality series, which will invite aspiring Partridge performers to open casting calls. It will air next year (04).

10/11/2003 21:11