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McCormick to play Mandrell for CBS

Maureen McCormick, known to millions of baby boomers as the effervescent Marcia Brady, has been inked to play the title role in “The Barbara Mandrell Story,” a telefilm for CBS. The deal continues a resurgence in McCormick’s acting career following a 10-year absence.

McCormick will play the 49-year-old Mandrell from her teenage years through adulthood.

Telefilm vet Jerry London will direct the two-hour offering, to be produced by Peter Guber’s Mandalay Entertainment banner.

Story will cover the rise of the award-winning entertainer, including Mandrell’s return to performing after recovering from a near-fatal car accident in 1984.

McCormick, who has a pivotal role as Didi in the new George Hickenlooper film “Dogtown,” has also tried her hand at singing, launching a country music recording career during her absence from TV.

It was the Music City presence that alerted telefilm guest stars Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton — who will play themselves in the Mandrell pic — to McCormick’s singing acumen.

McCormick is also taping a pilot dubbed “Teen Angel” this week, a Walt Disney/ABC offering being directed by Andy Cadiff. If the show is ordered, it could be positioned as a Friday night schedule companion for “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

McCormick’s music may get a new airing, as Hickenlooper is trying to secure the rights to a trio of tunes from McCormick’s indie-released disc to feature in “Dogtown,” according to McCormick’s manager, Mark Teitelbaum, of Somers, Teitelbaum & David.

Teitelbaum and Pamela Cole at Buchwald & Associates closed the Mandrell pact late Thursday.

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