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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12 Sep
Bob Hunt


For this I missed The Brady Brides?

I was twelve years old when The Brady Brides debuted on NBC in the winter of 1981, and nobody could have been happier about it.  The reunion of the entire original cast and the promise of an ongoing series was a wonderful antidote to the bad taste left behind by the notorious Variety Hour.  As far as I was concerned, that failed experiment was just a bad dream, its flying fringe and cheesy Krofft production a forgotten hallucination.  Now the Bradys were back where they belonged in the familiar house that Mike designed, and what’s more, there was the return of Real Jan (surely as God intended).  Naturally, I was a fixture before the color console for a season’s worth of Friday nights.  All except for one, that is.

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09 Sep
Eric Greenberg

Blogging Off The Grid

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 4 comments

 

Everyone’s going green these days. And hey, the name ain’t Eric Berg, so here goes with The Greg Brady Project’s first ever eco-friendly blog post. I wrote it up on a piece of paper (that I’ll recycle) and am entering it primarily on my iPod that’s mostly charged by my new portable solar panels. Yup, I’m blogging off the grid my fiends. Well, almost. Sure it’s taking ten times longer and the fact that my computer is still turned on makes this more of a symbolic gesture. But hey, small steps.

The question is: what could make a guy like me kick my environmental awareness up a notch? Was it Al Gore? Um, no. High gas prices? Don’t even have a car. Come on, this is The Greg Brady Project and this is me we’re talking about. Where’s the one place on Earth where TV reruns and renewable energy intersect?

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07 Sep
Bob Hunt

What’s So Funny?

written by Bob Hunt in Blog | 2 comments

 

Eric Idle once commented on the elusive nature of defining comedy.  “If you analyze it,” posited the Monty Python alum, “it’s gone.”  That is, once you subject an attempt at humor to academic dissection, you destroy whatever might have been funny about it in the first place.  Like art, we may not know much about comedy, but we know what we like, or rather we know what makes us laugh.  We’re just not certain why.  So it’s no surprise that fans and detractors of Microsoft and Seinfeld having been chewing up a lot of bandwidth in the last week debating whether or not a new Vista ad starring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld is of any comedic value.  If you think it’s a laugh riot, count your blessings and read no further.  However, if you find the spot somewhat lacking in the humor department (as I do), let’s find out why.

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02 Sep
Bob Hunt

 

Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen at the King’s Island Theater. 

When you or I think of the phrase amusement park, chances are our minds conjure up pleasant images of thrill rides, cotton candy, and happy crowds shuffling along asphalt paths under blue summer skies.  All these things were present in abundance last Sunday at King’s Island.  For three cast members of The Brady Bunch, however, there must have been one sensation in particular that they shared with the masses at the end of the day:  exhaustion.  From the moment the house lights went down for the first show at 2:00 pm until the last autograph was signed well past ten in the evening, Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen were kept busy entertaining a steady stream of fans.  Four capacity crowds at the Kings Island Theater and overflow lines for the meet-’n'-greets proved that the Brady clan has not diminished in popularity.

“Did you know,” Barry queried the audience, “it’s 35 years ago this week that we filmed Cincinnati Kids right here?”  The eldest Brady led things off with spirited performances of The Real Greg Brady and You’ve Got To Be In Love To Love A Love Song.  Toward the end of the Sunshine Medley (featuring I Can See Clearly Now, Good Day Sunshine and It’s A Sunshine Day), Mike Lookinland came onstage with his immortal solo line, “Can’t you dig the sunshine?”  Susan Olsen joined them moments later, and a grateful crowd cheered at the return of three Brady siblings to the theme park they helped make famous.  As Barry put it, “We were a big commercial for King’s Island, because it was partly owned by Paramount Studios, which was our studio.”

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27 Aug
Eric Greenberg

Winning the Brady Vote

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 2 comments

 

Just in case you’re not tuned into the political news coming out of the Democratic Convention this week, here’s a recap:  Joe Biden-in. Hillary and Barack-buddies again. Michelle Obama-”Brady Bunch” fan!!!

Here’s a little bit of transcript from the stage Monday night:  

“Good evening. I’m Craig Robinson, and Michelle Obama is my little sister…

…Sometimes, when I look at the — the woman you’re about to hear from, it’s funny to think that this is the same person who used to wake me up early — and I mean early — on Christmas morning. This is the person who would play the piano to calm me down before my big games in high school. This is the person who, even though we were allowed only one hour of television a night, somehow managed to memorize every single episode of “The Brady Bunch.”

No response out of the McCain camp, but you have to wonder how this may impact the Republican nominee’s highly anticipated VP choice. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who had been heavily talked about for the number two spot, has lost some momentum lately. Clearly though, the admitted Brady fan would be the most logical pick to counter this week’s events. More on the highly coveted ”Brady Bunch” vote as it develops.   

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26 Aug
Eric Greenberg

Not sure about you guys, but with no more Olympics to watch, I’m getting pretty antsy for the new TV season to kick off. Don’t get me wrong. I’m trying to hang onto summer for dear life like everybody else, but knowing ”Entourage” is looming on the other side of Labor Day, is at least helping to ease the pain. But what about people in the biz? Other than the obvious financial benefits, do people in Hollywood get excited for their favorite shows like you and me? Well according to this commentary I came across, most TV stars don’t really watch TV. Or at least most don’t admit they do.

But what about our resident sitcom star? Is he a TV snob or is he, like Ricky Gervais and a few others sited by this Associated Press story, willing to tell the world that he knows how to use his remote control? And by the way, as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong being in any category with Ricky Gervais.  

Well rest easy my friends. I checked in with the boss, and despite having clocked so much time on the set, he still enjoys it from the other side just like the rest of us. So if you’re looking for some viewing advice from a pro, here are the top five shows Barry can’t wait to catch when they return…

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24 Aug
Eric Greenberg

Wisconsin Still Loves Winkler

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | No comments

What an oversight! This was intended for today’s links, but accidentally got lost in the shuffle. The Fonz got his very own bronze statue in Milwaukee this past week. Henry Winkler was on hand with several members of the “Happy Days” gang to mark the occasion. Brady family aside, I can’t think of a cast that seems to genuinely like each other as much as these guys do. Congrats Henry!    

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24 Aug
Eric Greenberg

World Wide Web Surfing

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 1 comment

 

In honor of the Beijing games, TV Squad put together a list of seven Olympians who made the transition to TV, though I’m a little dissapointed they didn’t specifically mention Muhammad Ali’s appearance on “Diff’rent Strokes.”

Meanwhile, gold medalist Bruce Jenner was apparently this close to getting his own action figure for his short stint on “CHiPs.”    

In case you haven’t heard, Chris Knight’s finally got a piece of the pie! That’s a pink piece for Entertainment. Starting next month, he’ll be hosting a new game show version of Trivial Pursuit.

The cast of “Dallas” is reuniting at the ranch and you’re invited.  

The 70s New England classic “Jaws” is base on events in…New Jersey?? (Thanks to Amy)

And is there a Tango with Florence Henderson’s name on it? Rumor had it America’s favorite mom is in the cast of the next season of “Dancing With the Stars.” But the latest gossip has her off the list. The official announcement’s coming tomorrow on “Good Morning America.” What do you know Barry? We’ll keep it quiet. Promise.

Send your Brady/Pop Culture links to eric.greenberg@thegregbradyproject.com.   

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15 Aug
Eric Greenberg

Make sure to check out Maureen McCormick’s new series “Outsiders Inn” premiering tonight at 9pm on CMT. She’ll be taking over a bed and breakfast with a little help from her “Gone Country” castmates Bobby Brown and Carnie Wilson. Eight episodes in all. Good luck Mo!

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14 Aug
Eric Greenberg

The Andy Keaton Exception

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 1 comment

 

With all due respect to Robbie Rist, when people mention the new kid added to a sitcom, it’s usually in a joke or a trivia question. You just don’t usually hear people say things like: “Can you imagine ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ before Sam showed up?” It’s usually TV geeks like me trying to one up each other with references that most people don’t remember. Why? Because the shows usually get cancelled shortly after they join the cast. 

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not necessarily the actors’ fault. Some of them are perfectly talented. Hey, Leo DiCaprio couldn’t keep growing ”Growing Pains” on the air. And it’s not necessarily the sign of a bad show. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. New characters are often brought in because a show has been successful enough to stay on the air for several years and needs something new to keep it fresh. That’s just the nature of TV in the U.S. Unlike the BBC, we generally keep our shows going until people stop watching…which by the way, I completely understand. TV is a business and it’s hard to quit when you’re on top. I also understand the inclination of shows (or networks) to try to extend the life of a sitcom by adding a new character. The problem is, most shows don’t do it particularly well. That said, let’s give a little credit to a guy who got it right…twice. 

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