The Greg Brady Project

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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

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27 Apr
Eric Greenberg

World Wide Web Surfing

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Just in time to goof off at work Monday morning, here’s your first set of Greg Brady Project links:

NBC announced the lineup for this summer’s ”Celebrity Circus” reality series. Check out which Brady is headed for the big top.

Despite the Oscar, there’s a lot more than Ray Charles coming out of Jamie Foxx’s piano.  I’m guessing you’ve never heard the “Brady Bunch” theme like this.

Someone’s unloading their Topps “Brady Bunch” trading cards one by one on eBay. If you don’t mind the $4.95 starting bid, here’s a cool one of Greg.  

Everybody has a MySpace page these days, even if you’re a nobody!

With the Indiana primary just over a week away, Jim Schellinger is in a tight race to become the democratic nominee for Governor. His opponent, Jill Long Thompson, is a former Congresswoman. He’s an architect. Guess why he got into that line of work?

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23 Apr
Eric Greenberg

Hello Again, Hello

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It’s been way too long since my last post. Good to see you again. So I had one of those weird TV coincidences the other night. I was watching “The Hills” on DVR and tossing some blog ideas around, thinking I might write an entry about the unpredictable sustainability of Neil Diamond’s career. Pretty random considering Heidi and Spencer may not even know who he is, and most of you reading here probably don’t know who Heidi and Spencer are. How do I get myself hooked on these shows? Anyway, I finished watching and started scanning the channel guide and there was “The Jazz Singer.” It was either a sign that somebody’s mad at me for skipping Passover seder or that this post is meant to be. 

I had actually just seen “The Jazz Singer” for the first time on cable a few weeks ago and what was even more surprising to me is how much I liked it. Here’s some free advice: no matter how much you try to fight it, at some point in life, everyone becomes a Neil Diamond fan. The sooner you accept it, the better off you’ll be.

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02 Apr
Eric Greenberg

Born in the U.K.

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He’s a young up and coming chef, who just happens to live with two girls. Don’t get too excited though. It’s all ”strictly platonic.” Of course, that leaves him plenty of time for checking out the ladies at the local pub with his buddy Larry…as long as he keeps it on the DL, seeing that his landlord thinks he’s gay. You know him. You love him. He’s Robin Tripp. Huh?

I caught a headline not too long ago that said U.S. television is borrowing more and more of its ideas from England. Maybe. Or maybe we’re just more aware of it. I think by now, lots of people know that half of the reality shows you’ve seen in recent years originally started overseas. Lots of you probably even know that the hit sitcom “The Office” is adapted from the unbelievably good BBC series of the same name. While British programming hasn’t exactly reached mainstream status here in the States, recent airplay on BBC America along with the TV show DVD phenomenon have made the original versions of adapted shows like “The Office,” “Coupling” and ”Kitchen Nightmares” (all of which I prefer) start to sneak their way into American homes. Whether you knew it or not though, you’ve been watching Americanized versions of British shows for years.

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28 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Apparently when Bob Hunt speaks, people listen. The latest Brady revival, “A Very Brady Musical” is officialy set to open at Theatre West in Los Angeles this summer. Don’t expect a strict adaption though. The show will be geared towards adults and will have some very un-Brady like fun with your favorite characters.

If anyone thought Sherwood Schwartz would just coast on his new Hollywood Walk of Fame star, they’d be sorely mistaken. He’s executive producing the show with his son/”Brady Bunch” producer Lloyd Schwartz directing. With music and lyrics from Sherwood’s daughter Hope and son-in-law Laurence Juber, it’s truly a family operation. But before anyone starts crying nepotism, you should know that Juber spent a few years playing guitar for Paul McCartney in Wings.  

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21 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Brady Sports Madness

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 4 comments


This is a great time of year for sports fans. The NBA and NHL are heading towards the home stretch. Opening Day and The Masters are right around the corner, and March Madness is officially underway. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll catch some of today’s action and by the time ”One Shining Moment” comes around, I’m bound to find a Cinderella story to latch on to. But with my school heading for the NIT and no major upsets on day one, my mind is left with a little time to wander. That said, I started thinking about some of the great athletes that have walked through the Brady Bunch set. 

It’s amazing that no matter how great a career a pro athlete has had, they can be so identified with a guest spot on a sitcom. Think about it. If someone says the name Keith Hernandez today, what do you think of first, the ’86 World Series or “Seinfeld”? For me, while Kevin McHale will always remind me of those great Celtics teams I grew up watching, I can’t think about him too long without picturing him counting the bolts in the old Boston Garden floor on “Cheers.” Of course not every sports related guest spot ends up being so memorable, which makes it even more amazing that “The Brady Bunch” has racked up several that people can’t seem to forget. 

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16 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Video Killed the Blogging Star

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Someone out there’s trying to sabotage my busy blogging schedule. That can be the only reason that NBC Universal and News Corp. launched earlier this week. That and trying to turn a profit with internet video. But I’m pretty sure it’s the first reason. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s probably for the best. No good can come of you knowing that at this very moment there are hundreds of current and classic TV series available for viewing online…free.

I really think this is my family and friends’ worst nightmare. As if I don’t stay up too late watching TV already, they now have to worry about coming to my apartment and finding me keeled over my desk, half delusional, with “Doogie Howser” playing on my desktop. It’s a legitimate concern.

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09 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Brady Creator Gets Star Treatment

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 5 comments

What’s the secret to having a lasting marriage AND a beautiful actress on your arm at age 91? Just create one of the most loved TV shows of all time. Want a woman for each arm? Easy. Just create two of them. It seems to be working for Sherwood Schwartz, the brain behind “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island.” If an Emmy, a WGA Award, and a few TV Land Awards weren’t enough, the TV legend now has his own piece of sidewalk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star was unveiled at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard Friday in front of Brady cast members Florence Henderson, Chris Knight and Susan Olsen as well as Gilligan’s Dawn Wells. Barry was thinking of him from Kansas City where he’s still performing in “Married Alive.” I suspect Sherwood understands and is thrilled to see a career he helped launch still going strong all these years later.

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05 Mar
Eric Greenberg

Hit the Road, Zach?

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For some reason, I still think of “Scrubs” as the new kid on the block. Maybe because it’s so different from everything else on TV. Maybe because I didn’t really get into it until it started airing in reruns on Comedy Central a few years back. The strange reality is that it’s actually the longest running sitcom on television. It’s also one of the best. So I was thrilled that after lots of speculation to the contrary, “Scrubs” was picked up for a seventh and final season and would get the send off it deserves. But that was so ten months ago. Since then we had a little detour called the writers’ strike that again left a proper series finale in jeopardy.

In 1974, Barry and the Brady cast wrapped up an episode called “The Hair-Brained Scheme” in which Greg buys hair tonic from Bobby that turns his hair orange before his high school graduation. You know the show. You may even know it was the final episode of ”The Brady Bunch.” But that’s hindsight. At the time, it was simply the end of the fifth season. It wasn’t until a few months later that Barry got a call from an ABC executive telling him the series was cancelled.

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24 Feb
Eric Greenberg

Jumping from the small screen to the big screen can be a bit tricky, but it can most certainly be done. Sometimes it happens right away, while for others, it’s a surprise performance years in the making. Every once in a while it even leads to a nice piece of hardware. As the stars begin to walk down the red carpet for the 80th Annual Academy Awards, The Greg Brady Project pays tribute to 70s television stars who have had a brush with Oscar…


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21 Feb
Eric Greenberg

Registry of Pop Culture Landmarks

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Save Woodland Park. Save Harper’s Woods. Save the Peach Pit. They’re always trying to save places on TV. Unfortunately, in real life, it doesn’t always work. Sure, we’ll throw a sign up in front of Paul Revere’s House and section off Plymouth rock so you can’t take a chunk home with you. But what about pop culture history? What about the places that might not qualify for landmark status, but ought to be saved? 

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