It's a "Brady Bunch" for the 21st century, and this time the mom and dad are married in real life. Josie Bissett and Rob Estes worked together...

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It’s a “Brady Bunch” for the 21st century, and this time the mom and dad are married in real life.

Josie Bissett and Rob Estes worked together on “Melrose Place,” and the spouses are co-stars again in the new ABC Family movie “I Do, They Don’t,” airing at 7 and 9 Sunday night.

Bissett plays a cookie mogul who falls for a furniture maker (Estes), and during a romantic weekend in Las Vegas, they decide to tie the knot. The news doesn’t sit well with her four kids or his four — especially his eldest daughter (Lyndsy Fonseca, “The Young and the Restless”), who has had a big hand in raising her siblings since their mother’s death.

Neither Bissett nor Estes has been doing much TV acting lately, but they’re happy to be getting back in the game, and even happier to be doing it together.

Zap2it:
Is calling this movie a modern “Brady Bunch” very far off the mark?

Estes:
No, no, I’m good with that.

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“I Do, They Don’t,” at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC Family channel (FAM).

Bissett:
It definitely has some similar aspects, but it’s also more situational toward things that happen nowadays.

Zap2it:
As a parent of a young son and daughter, are you necessarily looking these days to do projects your children can watch?

Estes:
Yeah, definitely. I look at the stuff I did before, and there are maybe one or two things they can watch. My son is almost 6 and my daughter is 3, and so much of our experience has been with the kids, it’s just fun to be able to pull from that and use that.

Josie Bissett

Bissett:
I would definitely choose something edgy if I really liked the script. If it’s not appropriate for the family, they obviously wouldn’t watch it. For me, it’s primarily about the schedule and whether it works for my family in that sense.

Zap2it:
What do you think of Las Vegas as a place to get married?

Estes:
I think that on all fronts, Vegas is a very impulsive place. I know people who have gone there and just decided to marry, but it doesn’t tend to last. It’s good to be impulsive, but I don’t think marriage is something you just want to jump into.

Zap2it:
What was your own wedding day like?

Estes:
We did it up in Seattle, we had, like, 200 people there, and it was all planned out. We actually did it just before Josie started work on “Melrose Place,” so we had to take our honeymoon before we got married; we went to Hawaii. In some ways, it was like what happens in this movie. We had to hustle, then get back to business.

Bissett:
We were babies. We probably would do it very differently today, but I have a really big family and it was nice.

Zap2it:
With “Melrose Place” starting up and catching on then, what were the early months of your marriage like?

Estes:
When that show hit … it was like being in a different world. At the time, I was in San Diego (making the police-detective series “Silk Stalkings”), so I was bouncing back and forth between there and L.A. So was Josie.

Zap2it:
Do the two of you often get pitched projects to do as a couple?

Estes:
Yeah, but this is one of the first things we were pitched where the characters had kids, and that was hugely attractive to us. Personally, I think this would make a great series. It’s been tossed around a bit, but I don’t know that it would ever happen. I just like its different take on an old genre. There may be more blended families than regular families in America today; if not, it’s sure close.

Bissett:
We had a really good time together on this. Our paths didn’t cross that often on “Melrose Place,” so this is the first thing we really got to have fun together on. I would embrace doing more of this, because it’s about the place I’m at in my life. I can really relate to it, and I’d much rather be playing this more than probably anything else. One of us needs to be with the kids, though, and I’d rather be the one doing that. It’s 14-hour or 16-hour days on the set, and I wouldn’t see my kids. I wouldn’t want to miss their childhood.

Zap2it:
Josie, how about the second career you’ve launched as an author (“Little Bits of Wisdom,” “Making Memories”)?

Bissett:
I love it, and it’s something I’m going to start doing more of. I’m going to get into writing children’s books; the ones I’ve done so far are more for parents. What’s great about it is that I have more complete control over my time, which is what I like right now.

Zap2it:
How do you feel about so many other “Melrose Place” alumni being back on television these days?

Estes:
I stay in touch with the industry by reading the trade papers, and any time somebody’s name pops up, I’m like, “Oh, that’s great.” I live in Seattle now, so it’s tough to stay in contact with people who are still in L.A.

Bissett:
I’m really happy for everybody. I know everyone took a little break after “Melrose,” whether they wanted to or not, and I think it’s wonderful that so many of them are back.