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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…

28 Oct
Bob Hunt

The Fonz tries to express that his political convictions were wr…wr…they were wr…

The following hypothetical scenario is so explosively controversial that I precede it with an emphatic disclaimer:  I am making this up, and therefore in no way does it confirm or deny the political opinions or lack thereof of the persons involved.  Having said that, I ask you to consider your reaction to an imaginary YouTube clip featuring a 1970′s-era recording studio.  Gathered around a pair of microphones are present-day Brady kids Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Chris Knight, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen and Maureen McCormick, all of them looking considerably older than their last appearance in these surroundings nearly 40 years ago.  They sway and bop their heads, belt out a few sha-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na‘s, and recreate that classic moment when The Brady Six recorded Time To Change.  Their clothes are much like the groovy threads they wore back then, with one notable exception:  they’re all wearing Barack Obama t-shirts.  If such a clip were made, what would your reaction be?  Is it sitcom sacrilege for actors to mix political opinion with their iconic characters?

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23 Oct
Bob Hunt

I always suspected that Jerry Houser was a good guy.  Jerry Who?  Oh, ye of little Brady knowledge!  Jerry Houser, the actor who portrayed Wally Logan, aka The Man Who Married Marcia Brady.  I’ve always thought that he is probably a very nice person.  Now, I know that the image an actor projects as a fictional character is often unrelated to the true nature of the human being who is speaking the lines.  Take Margaret Hamilton, for example, whom we remember as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.  Turns out she wasn’t evil (who knew?).  So just because Wally Logan always seemed like the best brother-in-law a family could have, it doesn’t mean that Jerry Houser must therefore be similar.  It’s just that his performances seemed endearingly genuine to me.  Thanks to Maureen McCormick’s new autobiography, Here’s the Story, I now know that my hunch was on the money.

Oh, you won’t hear much about Houser in the barrage of promotion and press coverage concerning this book.  No doubt you’ve heard a salacious detail or two (or three or four) by now, and whether it’s the nature of modern media or the provocation of a publisher that knows sleaze sells, most all of the publicity has taken a decidedly negative slant.  There’s little point in elaborating upon those details here.  But what’s struck me the most about what I’ve read and heard in all of the recent press is that the positive and redeeming part of Maureen’s story is being largely ignored.

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17 Oct
Barry Williams

Here’s The Story…

written by Barry Williams in Blog, barry | 59 comments

‘Mo & I in our hormonally charged days…’
‘Mo & I in our hormonally charged days…’

Just in case you haven’t been watching the news, talk shows, reading the papers or magazines, listening to the radio or had a chance to go online, Maureen McCormick just released a no holds barred tell all book called Here’s the Story – Surviving Marcia Brady.  I have been asked by CBS’ Early Show, Inside Edition, AP, Entertainment Tonight, The Enquirer, Star Magazine, and a variety of radio programs what my thoughts are about her book dealing with her inner sanctum.

First, I must confess that I have not yet read it in its entirety.  I have read plenty about it and even had parts of it read to me in addition to having an enduring friendship throughout the stages she writes about.  This is not a Brady book per se but I did manage to get a fair amount of ink in it.  This is really a book about Maureen and her struggle to balance a wholly unrealistic image as America’s perfect teenager with the rather troubled person she was.  She speaks very highly of me and our hormonally charged relationship as teenagers.  She accurately describes the condition our condition was in and just how far it went (which wasn’t quite far enough for my young passion).  Still, thanks to the way it was written I come off as romantic and a gentleman (instead of a cad) and we did share genuine affection.

That said it is clear to me no matter how well you think you know someone, you can’t well you know… you can’t judge a book by its cover.  I mean there are some shockers in there.

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22 Sep
Eric Greenberg

Rickles Rules the Emmys

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | No comments

I’m sorry to say that I only caught a portion of last night’s Emmy Awards. I saw enough to know that ”30 Rock” owned the night, which made me very happy. Saw too little to judge how the reality group hosting experiment worked. And had mixed feelings when I filled in the gaps this morning and saw that Jeremy Piven won best supporting actor again. He’s still a great choice, but it would be great to see Kevin Dillon get his due considering that most people I know think that Johnny Drama makes “Entourage” these days. If you ask me though, the smartest decision of the night wasn’t something that happened, but something that didn’t happen.

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20 Sep
Eric Greenberg

The Old Kotter Crossover

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 5 comments

Time for some more pop culture kiss up. A few weeks ago, I went on and on about ”Family Ties” creator Gary David Goldberg and how well he incorporated new characters into his show. Well now it’s time to acknowledge another rare feat in television. Let’s show a little respect for those few and far between TV themes that break out of the box to become legitimate hit songs.  

Now I’m one of the first people to say it’s a shame that theme songs have been virtually eliminated from television, but that’s a completely different argument. When it comes to enjoying a good TV theme, it’s pretty much all about context.

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14 Sep
Eric Greenberg

World Wide Web Surfing

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog | 1 comment


The 60th primetime Emmy Awards are around the corner and the Academy’s celebrating the big anniversary by asking viewers to vote for their all-time favorite moments in television comedy and drama.  

Speaking of the Emmys, Josh Groban will be playing part of the “Brady Bunch” theme during the broadcast on September 21. 

I can’t authenticate, but Nick’s General Store on eBay claims to be selling a few props from the “Brady Bunch” set at a discounted price. Anything look familar Barry?  

The BuzzSugar blog is asking fans to recast classic TV shows and movies. This week’s challenge: “The Wonder Years.”  Not sure I’m even willing to pretend to recast a show that good, but I do think Seth Rogan should have been a lock as Buddy Lembeck in last week’s “Charles in Charge” contest.  

In case you’ve been waiting, the final three seasons of “Mary Tyler Moore” will finally be making their way onto DVD.

Maureen McCormick isn’t the only one with a TV tell all in the works. Her former “Celebrity Fit Club” castmate Dustin Diamond is jotting down all the dirty deeds behind “Saved By the Bell” and Zack Morris says bring it on!

And as for Maureen’s book, don’t ask Barry for any inside gossip. Mo says he’s gonna have to wait ’til October 14th like everybody else. 

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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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