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Growing Up Brady

by LuluBates May 31, 2000
Growing Up Brady

Back outside, Future Greg's mom asks, "How was it?" "Fantastic, he loved me." And the Voice intones, "But on the inside I wasn't feeling so confident. About a week later . . ." Mrs. Future Greg calls upstairs, "Barry, your agency just dropped off a package for you." Suddenly the whole family gathers around as Future Greg opens up the package. It's the Brady Bunch script, to which his sixties stereotype of a shoe salesman father (who looked just like Tom Peterson, for all you Portlanders out there) shouts, "Right on, man!" Like, good job staying in touch with your son's generation, dude! Right on! Excellent on the parenting!

The now Greg is then at the first meeting of the Brady Bunch cast, which for some reason is taking place on a set that is completely dark save for the spotlight on the meeting table. That people are reading at. My optometrist would be having a hissyfit. Sherwood spots the Barry looking confused. "Oh here's Barry. You're in the right place." "Hi, I'm Barry. Or Greg." Sherwood has everyone introduce themselves as the character they will be playing. This is when the viewing audience first realizes what crappy-ass casting they have done for this show. I mean, Robert Reed as Mike Brady is passable. The faux Florence Henderson is recognizable by her hair cut. But Alice, who is introduced as "their wise-cracking, but lovable, housekeeper." Wait, wait, wise-cracking and lovable? There's hope for me after all! Anyway, Alice looks nothing like Ann B. Davis. But she's still not as bad as Jan, who is only recognizable in context when standing in between Marcia and Cindy. Bobby is played by Mike Lookinland's son, so he looks pretty authentic. Up to this point, the actors had been popping up on the screen in little squares like in the intro to the Brady Bunch, but when "Maureen McCormick" introduces herself, the screen empties and she's standing there with her back to the camera and she slowly turns towards the screen: "I'm Maureen McCormick and I play . . ." "Marcia!" says the pop-up heart-shaped picture of the Barry. Okay, we get it. No, really. We do.

There are two main points of behind-the-scenes action that any Brady fan "cares" about: the hot-and-heavy Brady-on-Brady action, and the Robert Reed/Sherwood Schwartz script disagreements. Immediately after shooting a scene of the pilot, Bob Reed pulls Sherwood aside to begin a 116-episode-long argument about the theatrical nature of the Brady Bunch: "Sherwood, I still have serious reservations about scene 46." "Bob, it's a wonderful button on the end of the whole scene." "See, I would call it slapstick," says Mr. Brady. "It's a cheap gag." Like, um, duh. I realize that Bob Reed was trained as a stage actor and went on to teach Shakespeare at UCLA and everything, but come on, it's the freaking BRADY BUNCH. Of course it's slapstick. It's a SITCOM. Why the hell did he sign the contract if didn't want to do cheap gags for cheap laughs?

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Growing Up Brady

by LuluBates May 31, 2000
Growing Up Brady Back outside, Future Greg's mom asks, "How was it?" "Fantastic, he loved me." And the Voice intones, "But on the inside I wasn't feeling so confident. About a week later . . ." Mrs. Future Greg calls upstairs, "Barry, your agency just dropped off a package for you." Suddenly the whole family gathers around as Future Greg opens up the package. It's the Brady Bunch script, to which his sixties stereotype of a shoe salesman father (who looked just like Tom Peterson, for all you Portlanders out there) shouts, "Right on, man!" Like, good job staying in touch with your son's generation, dude! Right on! Excellent on the parenting! The now Greg is then at the first meeting of the Brady Bunch cast, which for some reason is taking place on a set that is completely dark save for the spotlight on the meeting table. That people are reading at. My optometrist would be having a hissyfit. Sherwood spots the Barry looking confused. "Oh here's Barry. You're in the right place." "Hi, I'm Barry. Or Greg." Sherwood has everyone introduce themselves as the character they will be playing. This is when the viewing audience first realizes what crappy-ass casting they have done for this show. I mean, Robert Reed as Mike Brady is passable. The faux Florence Henderson is recognizable by her hair cut. But Alice, who is introduced as "their wise-cracking, but lovable, housekeeper." Wait, wait, wise-cracking and lovable? There's hope for me after all! Anyway, Alice looks nothing like Ann B. Davis. But she's still not as bad as Jan, who is only recognizable in context when standing in between Marcia and Cindy. Bobby is played by Mike Lookinland's son, so he looks pretty authentic. Up to this point, the actors had been popping up on the screen in little squares like in the intro to the Brady Bunch, but when "Maureen McCormick" introduces herself, the screen empties and she's standing there with her back to the camera and she slowly turns towards the screen: "I'm Maureen McCormick and I play . . ." "Marcia!" says the pop-up heart-shaped picture of the Barry. Okay, we get it. No, really. We do. There are two main points of behind-the-scenes action that any Brady fan "cares" about: the hot-and-heavy Brady-on-Brady action, and the Robert Reed/Sherwood Schwartz script disagreements. Immediately after shooting a scene of the pilot, Bob Reed pulls Sherwood aside to begin a 116-episode-long argument about the theatrical nature of the Brady Bunch: "Sherwood, I still have serious reservations about scene 46." "Bob, it's a wonderful button on the end of the whole scene." "See, I would call it slapstick," says Mr. Brady. "It's a cheap gag." Like, um, duh. I realize that Bob Reed was trained as a stage actor and went on to teach Shakespeare at UCLA and everything, but come on, it's the freaking BRADY BUNCH. Of course it's slapstick. It's a SITCOM. Why the hell did he sign the contract if didn't want to do cheap gags for cheap laughs?

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