VH1 plans a ''Partridge Family'' remake. The '70s show that spawned David Cassidy will return as a reality show and a sitcom on VH1

By Brian Hiatt
Updated January 01, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Nearly 30 years after it left the air, ”The Partridge Family” is back to roost on TV, thanks to the tireless nostalgia purveyors at VH1. The show, which told its tale of a van-traveling musical family on ABC from 1971 to 1974, will begin its comeback as a seven-episode reality series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the spirit of ”Making the Band” and ”American Idol,” the series will track the process of finding replacements for the likes of David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, and Shirley Jones.

A panel of judges, along with viewers, will vote for the winners, according to the Reporter. From there, the victors will shoot a pilot for a new half-hour ”Partridge Family” series, but VH1 has not yet committed to further episodes. The network is promising, though, that it will choose cast members who can actually sing and play. Which bodes well for that inevitable remake of ”I Think I Love You.”