The Greg Brady Project

Welcome to the official Barry Williams' blog

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…

15 Jun
Eric Greenberg

TV Alert: TV Land Awards Tonight

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Make sure to catch the 6th Annual TV Land Awards tonight at 9pm/ET. The list of stars on board for this year’s show is bigger than ever. Robin Williams, Justin Timberlake and Steve Carell will all be there along with a ton of HUGE names from classic TV. Barry will be there, of course, but as you can see in this Access Hollywood red carpet preview, he’s keeping his cards close to the vest.

TV Land Awards, Celtics vs. Lakers, Tiger at the U.S. Open. If you need me, I’ll be on the couch.

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12 Jun
Guest Author

Lou Schumacher Animal Rentals was the animal supplier for the show. I worked for Lou in the early seventies as did a few trainers. Tiger belonged to Lou and was trained mainly by Karl Lewis, a renowned animal trainer (“Babe,” “Call of the Wild,” “White Dog” and more too numerous to mention). Myself and another trainer Bill Vergis got the call to do the goat show. We found a goat through contacts, and brought her home to my house and started the training. I do remember they called her Raquel in the episode we did.

Training was easier than we thought as she learned quickly and worked to rewards and a “Buzzer.” We train animals to the sound of the buzzer and when they respond to it, they are rewarded with food. When we got to set we noticed that the goat had a lot of inside work. This did not create a problem. But never seeing the set, she was reluctant to “pay attention” to what she was supposed to do. Robert Reed was the director and gave us plenty of time to rehearse with “Raquel”. Sometimes you will have problems with animals as they have never been in a movie or on TV. We did several rehearsals and everything started to go just fine until we started the closet scenes. She did not want to be in that closet. Barry was very patient and so was the crew. In a scene where Florence Henderson is showing a group the house, Greg has to hide the mascot. Hence this is the closet scene. Raquel also wore a mascot blanket type prop with the other school’s name on it.

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10 Jun
Bob Hunt

Susan Day

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One of us just had a flaming shot (Hint: it wasn’t me).

One of the most surreal scenes I have witnessed took place in a biker bar on a cold December morning in 1993. The mere fact that I was there at all was odd enough, given that I’ve never frequented bars nor have I ever been enthralled by the staccato belch of a roaring Harley. A goofy, suburban milquetoast, I was a fish out of water amongst a grizzled, tattooed set that would have been a casting director’s dream if extras were needed for a dramatic recreation of the Rolling Stones at Altamont. They were all drinking and smoking and looked as though they had been doing so for hours. I was an open target for ridicule, but the leather and bandanna-clad crowd left me alone. It was obvious that I had invaded their territory for one geeky reason: Susan Olsen.

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08 Jun
Eric Greenberg

World Wide Web Surfing

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Back on its regular day, here are the latest Greg Brady Project links:

I didn’t know it was that complicated, but someone posting on the instructions website eHow thought it was necessary to tell you how to be a Brady Bunch fan.

Former “View” co-host/Oprah correspondent Lisa Ling used to pretend to be Marsha Brady.

Bob Hunt recently blogged about the passing of “Andy Griffith Show” composer Earle Hagen. A few days later it was announced that Alexander Courage,  composer of the “Star Trek” theme, has died as well.

CNN Money has done some math on the Brady family’s finances.

And Danny Bonaduce is stepping back in the ring. This time, it’s on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling, coming to TV this fall.

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

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06 Jun
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David Cook and David Archuleta fans unite. If there’s one thing we can all come together over, it’s the Original Idols Live, featuring our very own Barry Williams and friends. They’ll be back on the road tearing up the WOKY Retro Stage this Saturday at “A Taste of Summer” in Waukesha, WI. The show is scheduled for 9pm when Barry will share the stage with Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers), The Cowsills, and Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods.

You can also catch Barry on the Retro Stage at noon on Saturday in “The Greg Brady Experience.” Should be a great time. Hope you can make it out.  

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04 Jun
Eric Greenberg

Save the Clock Tower

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No, for real. Someone get the Hill Valley Preservation Society on the horn! Lightning may not strike twice, but apparently fire does. As you may have already read, one of the big casualties in this weekend’s Universal Studios blaze was Courthouse Square, a key location in the “Back to the Future” trilogy. First things first. Nobody was seriously injured, so I’m not being completely insensitive whining about losing a set from a movie. That being said, I would argue something like this could be considered, let’s say, a “pop culture tragedy.” Nowhere near as bad as a real tragedy, but still troublesome to anyone who’s a fan of the series or a supporter of time travel in general. The thing is though, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll actually find that within this ”tragedy,” is a “pop culture miracle.”

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03 Jun
Eric Greenberg

Best Seat in the House

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Check out the prime table my friend Laurie landed at Big Daddy’s Diner in New York.

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29 May
Bob Hunt

Music Men

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Earle Hagen (left) and Frank DeVol 

Some time ago I stumbled upon a cheap DVD that featured a pair of Andy Griffith Show episodes.  Upon giving it a spin, I soon discovered why the disc was destined for the clearance bin.  In an apparent attempt to avoid a potentially thorny copyright dispute, the fly-by-night distributor had actually replaced the theme music.  Andy and Opie still carried their poles as they walked along the fishin’ hole, but instead of being accompanied by the familiar and beloved whistling theme song, they sauntered to a goofy overdub of some generic tune that wasn’t worthy of a PowerPoint presentation.  As the episode began, I was too distracted by this outrage to even process what Barney was telling Andy.  Somehow, without a proper introduction to Mayberry, it just wasn’t the same.

Such is the power of a well-written TV theme, and such was the talent of Earle Hagen, who died on Monday night at the age of 88.  Hagen was the prolific film and TV composer whose quest for a simple Andy Griffith Show intro (“something you could whistle”) inspired one of the most memorable tunes in all of pop culture.  He was also responsible for the brash, big-band theme from The Dick Van Dyke Show, and if you’re not thinking about Rob Petrie and his ottoman right now, you’re probably not familiar with that one.  In addition, he scored and wrote themes for many other classic TV shows, including I Spy, That Girl, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Make Room For Daddy, and The Mod Squad.

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26 May
Eric Greenberg

Memorial Day Web Surfing

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Summer at last! Here’s your Memorial Day edition of the Brady links… 

CBS is jumping on the online classic TV bandwagon. ”Star Trek,” “Family Ties,” and “The Love Boat” are among the old favorites now available for viewing at CBS.com.   

Vanessa Williams will serve as host for the June 15th TV Land Awards. Online voting for the viewer’s choice categories is now underway.

In addition to the troops, TV fans are remembering “Laugh-In’s” Dick Martin this Memorial Day. The comic passed away Saturday just months after the show’s 40th anniversary. You can watch portions of Martin’s recent interview with the American Archive of Television here.

Breaking out the grill for the first time this season? The people over at Hormel surveyed adults to find out which fictional characters they’d call upon to get them out of a barbecue emergency. Alice from “The Brady Bunch” came in third behind Superman and MacGyver. If they’re not available, you can just pick up some BBQ recipes over at the Hormel website.

Mixing some drinks to go with all that food? “Greg Brady’s Wipeout” is one of the most popular at Tiki’s Grill and Bar on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. It’s made with Vodka, coconut flavored rum, banana liquer with a splass of passion fruit juice and lemon-lime soda. Of course you’ll have to jump on a plane if you want to take home the free souvenir mug. (The Greg Brady Project encourages you to drink responsibly!)

Are you hitting the beach this weekend? Send your personal surfing photos to eric.greenberg@thegregbradyproject.com and we may just use them right here.

Have a great holiday! 

Now Search & Win for Great Brady Prizes!

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22 May
Guest Author

When I first heard about “A Very Brady Musical,” I couldn’t wait to audition. Now admittedly, my father, Lloyd J. Schwartz, did co-write and is directing the show. And my grandfather, Sherwood Schwartz, did create the original series. But just like millions of people across the world, I happen to love the show. And trust me, I did not get the normal treatment of nepotism. In fact, seeing some of my own family among the faces of the audition panel was incredibly nerve-wracking. In my five-minute audition I had to convince a room full of people that I was the best one for the part, regardless of my association. Within days the cast was set. I could not have been more excited to land the role of Peter Brady.

In theatre, abnormalities and the unexpected are normal and expected. The actor cast as Greg had to drop out, and I was chosen as the replacement. I took off my Peter wig and put on my identical Greg wig. I was ready. I realized some very important aspects of the character. Greg is old and wise through the eyes of Bobby, Cindy, and the rest of the gang. Yet, he is still naïve and confused when it comes down to surviving in the real world. He has a lot to learn but is completely willing to learn it.

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