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Growing Up Brady

by LuluBates May 31, 2000
Growing Up Brady

Since this is the first of many instances that the TV version veers from how the events are recorded in the Barry's New York Times bestseller book, "Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg," I will take the opportunity to introduce an abbreviation: NITB, or "Not In The Book."

Anyway, Sherwood Schwartz gets called out by some Paramount exec for the Brady boys' bad behavior: "I've been getting reports that your Brady kids are running all over this lot, out of control." "Meaning what, sir?" asks Sherwood. "Stealing golf carts, disrupting other productions, stealing carts off the Star Trek set." "Oh, not the tribbles, I hope!" Hee! The trouble with tribbles never ends! "Look," says the unamused exec, "the props don't matter and we're going to start locking up the golf carts, but what if one of them breaks an arm, god forbid!" "What would you like me to do?" "Lock them in the dressing room." Yeah! Do that! Sherwood says, "They're real kids, that's what I like about them. And it's coming across on the screen. If one of them breaks an arm I'll write it into the script." Remember the good old days before constant litigation fears? I bet that today they would lock the kids in the dressing room.

More Bob Reed melodrama. Just suck it up, little dude! You're getting paid a lot for this! In this scene, Bob is all stressed about a make-out scene with Carol. "Well, Mrs. Brady, our first make-out scene." "I know, I tried to get them to close the set." "Well, Mrs. Brady, this is network television, I somehow doubt that Mike and Carol making whoopie would really get on the air." "Who cares if it gets on the air," says Mrs. Brady, batting her eyelashes. Bob Reed ties his bathrobe tighter. Mrs. Brady says, "Are you afraid, Mr. Brady?" "Yes, I'm a virgin." Whatever. They block the shot and Mrs. Brady gets all nasty and asks, "Sherwood, how do you think the censors would feel about a little . . ." and then she skanks around with her tongue. Sherwood says, "I think it would be fine, as long as you don't do it on TV." Yuck! Mrs. Brady! This whole Mike and Carol romance thing is SO NITB. What, did Barry Williams just remember this now? Or did he wait till Bob Reed was dead and Florence Henderson was pitching Wesson to smear their names?

My favorite thing in the book was the truly sweet relationship between Bob Reed and the Brady kids. The movie version does it no justice at all. Bob gives each of the kids a Super 8 camera as an early Christmas gift and the kids are running around happily, but the director ruins the almost-touching nature of the scene with faux Super 8 shots, combined with stills of fake publicity photos in a music-video format and the treacly "Sunshine Day" on the soundtrack. Real classy, that.

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Growing Up Brady

by LuluBates May 31, 2000
Growing Up Brady Since this is the first of many instances that the TV version veers from how the events are recorded in the Barry's New York Times bestseller book, "Growing Up Brady: I Was A Teenage Greg," I will take the opportunity to introduce an abbreviation: NITB, or "Not In The Book." Anyway, Sherwood Schwartz gets called out by some Paramount exec for the Brady boys' bad behavior: "I've been getting reports that your Brady kids are running all over this lot, out of control." "Meaning what, sir?" asks Sherwood. "Stealing golf carts, disrupting other productions, stealing carts off the Star Trek set." "Oh, not the tribbles, I hope!" Hee! The trouble with tribbles never ends! "Look," says the unamused exec, "the props don't matter and we're going to start locking up the golf carts, but what if one of them breaks an arm, god forbid!" "What would you like me to do?" "Lock them in the dressing room." Yeah! Do that! Sherwood says, "They're real kids, that's what I like about them. And it's coming across on the screen. If one of them breaks an arm I'll write it into the script." Remember the good old days before constant litigation fears? I bet that today they would lock the kids in the dressing room. More Bob Reed melodrama. Just suck it up, little dude! You're getting paid a lot for this! In this scene, Bob is all stressed about a make-out scene with Carol. "Well, Mrs. Brady, our first make-out scene." "I know, I tried to get them to close the set." "Well, Mrs. Brady, this is network television, I somehow doubt that Mike and Carol making whoopie would really get on the air." "Who cares if it gets on the air," says Mrs. Brady, batting her eyelashes. Bob Reed ties his bathrobe tighter. Mrs. Brady says, "Are you afraid, Mr. Brady?" "Yes, I'm a virgin." Whatever. They block the shot and Mrs. Brady gets all nasty and asks, "Sherwood, how do you think the censors would feel about a little . . ." and then she skanks around with her tongue. Sherwood says, "I think it would be fine, as long as you don't do it on TV." Yuck! Mrs. Brady! This whole Mike and Carol romance thing is SO NITB. What, did Barry Williams just remember this now? Or did he wait till Bob Reed was dead and Florence Henderson was pitching Wesson to smear their names? My favorite thing in the book was the truly sweet relationship between Bob Reed and the Brady kids. The movie version does it no justice at all. Bob gives each of the kids a Super 8 camera as an early Christmas gift and the kids are running around happily, but the director ruins the almost-touching nature of the scene with faux Super 8 shots, combined with stills of fake publicity photos in a music-video format and the treacly "Sunshine Day" on the soundtrack. Real classy, that.

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