Cue those patriotic trumpets! CBS is developing an update of Love, American Style, the anthology series that originally aired as part of ABC’s Friday night lineup in the ’70s.
Deadline reports that the project will veer away from the show’s original format, which worked from 1969 to 1974. Instead, the new script from Jana Sinyor (Being Erica) and Aaron Martin (The Best Years) will follow four different couples who are connected through their complicated relationships. This is only a script deal; the network still has to order it to pilot before even considering it for its fall 2014 lineup.There have been several attempts to bring back the anthology series that gave actors like Jo Ann Worley, Richard Gautier, and Joyce Van Patten some regular work back in the day. In 1985, a daytime version dubbed New Love, American Style bowed on ABC but it was short-lived. In 1998, ABC then developed a new edition starring Melissa Joan Hart but it wasn’t ordered to series.
In 2010, NBC developed a like-minded anthology series called Love Bites that starred Becki Newton and Greg Grunberg. Though originally developed for the regular season, the Peacock regulated the show to the summer, where it eventually fizzled.