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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Florence Henderson Remembers the Late Robert Reed

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 19th 2010 11:00AM
Florence Henderson, Corky BallasLast week, 'Dancing With the Stars' producers weren't sure if they could get the rights to 'The Brady Bunch' theme song for Florence Henderson (aka Carol Brady) and pro partner Corky Ballas to use during their TV theme week performance.

As viewers saw last night, the song was approved. While it wasn't perhaps the best tune to tango to, it did have great sentimental value to Henderson.

"The reason I really wanted to dance to the 'Brady Bunch' theme was because I wanted to dedicate it to Bob," Henderson told TV Squad on the post-show press line, referring to the late Robert Reed (who played her TV husband Mike Brady.)

"To lose him to AIDS [in 1992] broke all of our hearts. The fact that Barry [Williams, Greg] was here and knows how close we all were to Bob ... that was my dedication tonight."

While the disease wasn't listed in all the obituaries, the media did report on Reed's health status. "Unfortunately, when Bob died they printed his death certificate on the front page in one of our rag sheets, which listed how he died [and that he had AIDS,]" sighed Henderson. "That broke all of our hearts."

"It seemed to reduce an entire career down to an epitaph," said Williams. "That seemed to be very unfair. I think he's very proud [of Florence] tonight. People don't know that Bob loved music. He was a classically trained pianist."

Williams wasn't the only familiar face in the audience on Monday's show. Michael J. Fox, wife Tracy Pollan, Ian Ziering and Rob Morrow (promoting his new ABC legal drama 'The Whole Truth') were on hand for TV theme week.

The night resulted in a new leader -- Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took the top spot with 27 points after dancing to the theme from 'Friends.' Did Chmerkovskiy have his hair styled a la David Schwimmer's Ross on purpose?

"No," he said, adding that their taking the top slot was serendipitous. "Brandy's always taking about fate and spirituality. It's amazing how everything fell into place and became right. She's really emerged as a support system for me."

Norwood sensed that she had nailed the dance even before they received the judges' comments. "It felt good," she said. "I can always tell when Maks is proud of me. He has that 'approval' smile."

"We've had our ups and downs as far as the judges' comments go," Chmerkovskiy noted. "At the end of the day, it's about how we feel. We translating how much fun we're having."

"It [also] feels great to be in first place," Norwood added with a smile.

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani scored a respectable 23, despite getting off on the wrong foot -- or beat. "It was hard in the beginning because the song was off," Patridge said.

"Four counts were completely removed," sighed Dovolani. "They screwed up; Audrina panicked a little bit, but I looked at her and said, 'Just stay with me.'"

Surprisingly, low-rated duos Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas and Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer skipped part of the press line (including TV Squad) at a time when they need to galvanize their fans. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya earned 24 points this week and stuck around to share their thoughts on their improved performances.

The couple appeared to be the most harmonious pair on the show, too. "I think that comes across when we dance," Warner mused. "We connect when we perform. "

"We try to keep the drama on the dance floor," Trebunskaya added.

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I have been a fan of dancing with the stars but last night was the last episode I will ever watch...Florenece Henderson not only did well for her age...she did well...much better than Palin...it is obvious who should have gone home and it is obvious that the veiwers' votes dont decide...this has happened with other celebs in the past also...shame on you , PRODUCERS, for allowing this to happen.

October 20 2010 at 7:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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