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'The Early Show' Remembers 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Brady Bunch' Creator Sherwood Schwartz (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 13th 2011 1:30PM
'The Early Show' looks back at the career of 'Gilligan's Island' and 'Brady Bunch' creator Sherwood SchwartzSherwood Schwartz, sitcom writer and creator of 'Gilligan's Island' and 'The Brady Bunch,' died Tuesday at the age of 94. 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS) took a look back at his career Wednesday with some interview footage of the man himself and a couple of contributions from people in the street.

In the interview footage, Schwartz explained the concept behind 'Gilligan's Island.' "It's about how seven unrelated people have to learn to get along with each other," he said. The segment noted that 'The Brady Bunch,' which ran from 1969 to 1974, had a comeback in the '90s with a movie franchise. It wasn't a critical success, but people liked it. "They did assassinate the show, but the show always bounced back strong," said Sherwood.

Sherwood also wrote the theme songs for both shows, which are arguably as well-remembered as the shows themselves. As proof, 'The Early Show' went out on the street to find a few people who would sing them for their cameras, albeit severely off-key.

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Sherwood Schwartz, 'Brady Bunch' Creator, Dies at 94

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 12th 2011 1:15PM
Sherwood SchwartzSherwood Schwartz, the brain behind some of TV's most endearing and recognizable sitcoms, has died, according to TMZ. He was 94.

Schwartz, who created 'The Brady Bunch' and 'Gilligan's Island,' got his start on as a writer on 'I Married Joan' and 'The Red Skelton Hour.' He won an Emmy in 1961 for the latter. Prior to his TV credits, Schwartz wrote for the radio versions of 'The Bob Hope Show' and 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.'

'Gilligan's Island' took off in 1964 and ran for three seasons on CBS. The series starred Bob Denver, Alan Hale and Dawn Wells (pictured with Schwartz). Following the success of 'Gilligan's,' Schwartz created 'The Brady Bunch,' starring Florence Henderson and Robert Reed, for ABC in 1969.

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Top 15 Christmas TV Episodes Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 16th 2010 12:00PM
The Office
Our No. 1 choice for the best Christmas episode ever may not be a surprise -- any episode that involves the creation of a new, Christmas spin-off holiday has to rate a top spot! -- but countdown is designed to bring some ho-ho-ho holiday cheer to your celebration this season.

So, jump down off the aluminum pole, postpone that Airing of Grievances and recall these classic Christmas TV installments.

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Florence Henderson Reflects on 'DWTS' Experience, Dedicating 'Brady Bunch' Theme Dance to Robert Reed (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 20th 2010 2:45PM
On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Florence Henderson, the latest celeb booted from 'Dancing With the Stars,' said she decided to tango to the theme from 'The Brady Bunch' as a way to honor co-star Robert Reed, who died in 1992 from bladder and colon cancer complicated by AIDS.

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On the Scene: Jennifer Grey Remembers Patrick Swayze on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2010 11:20AM
Dancing With the Stars Cast
The first night jitters are officially out of the way. Twelve stars and their celebrity pro partners took to the dance floor and performed either a Cha-Cha or a Viennese Waltz on the 'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 opening night show. Actress Jennifer Grey, singer Brandy Norwood and athletes Rick Fox and Kurt Warner performed well -- as expected -- but the surprise of the night was teen actor Kyle Massey, who brought to mind a young Warren Sapp (Kym Johnson's season 7 partner) when he performed a dynamite dance with Lacey Schwimmer.

TV Squad was on the post-show press line to get reactions from all 24 participants. For one unlucky couple, alas, it's their second-to-last interview, because tonight one duo is going home.

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Six Comedies That Traveled to Hawaii

by Rich Keller, posted May 12th 2010 1:15PM
The Brady's go to Hawaii -- One of a half-dozen sitcom familes that have traveled to the Aloha StateThis week, the Dunphys of ABC's 'Modern Family' spend some time in the islands of Hawaii. Though visiting the Aloha State during a show's first season is unprecedented in the world of television comedy, it certainly isn't the first sitcom that has spent some time there. Over the last four decades there have been a half-dozen comedies that have visited Hawaii's beaches.

1. 'The Brady Bunch' -- The standard-bearer for all future visits to Hawaii. This three-part 'Hawaii Bound' episode, which began the show's fourth season, had everything: luscious scenery, a cursed tiki, creepy caves, straight hair going curly, Don Ho, Vincent Price and Marsha Brady in a bikini. Even today, almost four decades since the episodes premiered, folks will stop everything when they air.

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Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb Feud Cancels 'Brady Bunch' Reunion

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 1st 2010 8:00PM
The Brady Bunch opening All of the Brady kids were supposed to make a grand reunion on 'Today' this morning, but an old sibling rivalry prevented the magic from happening.

Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick
, who played Jan and Marcia respectively on 'The Brady Bunch,' haven't been getting along. When the two learned they would have to share the same stage with each other for more than five minutes, the whole thing broke down.

Some blame the feud over McCormick's seedy tell-all book in which she alleges the two had feelings for each other, but others say the feud goes back much further.

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Gary Cole to Star in Pilot by 'Monk' Creator

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:40AM
Gary ColeUh, yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaah, from this TBS report it looks like Gary Cole is going to be starring in a new hour-long comedy from Andy Breckman, the creator of 'Monk.' It's about a veteran Philadelphia cop who has to train his goofy nephew partner. Maybe it will be a modern 'Andy Griffith Show' (only Barney and Andy were cousins). It's called 'Uncle Nigel,' and Cole will be playing Nigel.

Cole is a really underrated actor. He just seems to bop along over the decades in role after role, but if you look at what he's done it's been pretty fantastic, from his role in the NBC drama 'Midnight Caller' (which I think was a little ahead of its time and would fit in nicely today) to a terrific Robert Reed impression in the 'Brady Bunch' movies to his classic role in 'Office Space' and 'The West Wing' (above).

Yeeeeeeeeaaaaah, if you could get this TBS show on the air as soon as possible, that'd be great. Thanks.

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Deck the Halls With Our 12 Favorite Christmas Episodes

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 15th 2009 4:05PM
Friends / The OC
From the 1950s through the 1980s, most successful TV series aired at least one Christmas show. Such seasonal events are less plentiful now, when most networks air reruns during the holidays -- but the classics of the past are gifts that keep on giving. Taking our cue from 'The 12 Days of Christmas,' we bring you a dozen holiday-themed episodes rich in tidings of comfort and joy.

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Here's a list of 100 iconic TV show openings (OK, maybe not 100 ... )

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 26th 2009 12:28PM
The SimpsonsPop culture lists that have 100 or more entries, whether it's a list for television, film, music, books, advertising, whatever - are too long. When you list 100 of anything, you're not really getting down to the "best" (or "worst," if that's the theme of the list), you're just giving a list of 100.

Supertremendous.com has their list of the 100 most iconic TV show intros. You can read the first 90, but I wanted to concentrate on the top ten. That list includes The Brady Bunch, The Simpsons, M*A*S*H, Knight Rider (???), and The Twilight Zone, along with the number one pick after the jump. Can you guess it before you click?

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Monk: Mr. Monk's Favorite Show (season premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 8th 2009 1:00AM
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Somewhere Sherwood Schwartz was smiling if he watched this season premiere of Monk. Or else he was calling his attorney to sue for copyright infringement. I think it was more likely the former, because the tribute to The Brady Bunch was sweet. More on that and the rest of Mr. Monk's return -- for his last season -- after the jump.

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The Bradys need to replace Jan again

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 10th 2009 10:29AM
The Brady BunchIt looks like The Brady Bunch is going to have to replace Jan again. Eve Plumb is holding out from appearing on a reunion for The Oprah Winfrey Show in September due to a disagreement with fellow Brady alum Maureen McCormick. Apparently during a book tour, McCormick "confessed" in jest to a lesbian affair between the two of them that didn't actually happen.

The lesbian concept sounds like something out of Not The Bradys (warning: link NSFW). Of course, all Brady fanatics remember how Eve Plumb opted not to appear in the variety show Hell that was The Brady Bunch Hour from 1976 to 1977. I wonder if they'll get Geri Reischl to replace her for Oprah.

I wonder if Eve Plumb did, in fact, get upset by McCormick's comments and if so, why? If it were me, I would have said McCormick was kidding and taken it in stride. Maybe she's holding out for more money from Ms. Winfrey?

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The Brady Bunch was not better than The Odd Couple

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2009 10:08AM
The Odd CoupleThis isn't some random thought I suddenly had this morning, it's actually in response to AOL Television's list of the 40 best TV shows of the 1970s. The Odd Couple, one of the great, laugh-out-loud comedies of all-time, comes in at number 21, while The Brady Bunch comes in at number 15. Sometimes shows can't be judged the same (for example, comedy vs. drama or drama vs. animated), but come on, The Brady Bunch so far ahead of The Odd Couple?

I don't think I'm giving anything away by revealing that shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, and All in the Family are at the top, but there are a few entries that you and your friends can argue about.

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Best '70s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 22nd 2009 6:00AM
MASHIn AOL TV's continuing countdown of the best TV shows of each decade, we're back to break down the 1970s, a decade when the cop dramas were less gritty, the families were close-knit and the sitcoms were sprinkled with serious social commentary.

Our list of the best shows of the '70s features many of the best shows of all time (here's looking at you, 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'M*A*S*H' and 'Taxi'). Take a gander and let us know if you agree.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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