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Old 12-21-2009, 12:55 PM   #76
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I actually remember watching the Variety show when it first aired. At the time, I was pretty much starved to see the cast members in something new, having seen every Brady Bunch episode at least once by then. It was exciting to me, like the Gilligan's Island reunion movies. These actors and their characters were already achieving iconic status -- at least to me they were!

To this day I try to see all of their work -- like Robert Reed on Father Knows Best or Russell Johnson on Lassie, two of the harder-to-find appearances I've watched.
Robert Reed appeared on Father Knows Best? Wow, I never knew that.
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Been a long time since I saw RR's ep of FKB (1959). As I recall, the episode had to do with a radio or radio shop -- something to look forward to if Season 6 ever makes it to DVD releases (hopefully in my lifetime yet...!).

Love those Brady actor appearances. Maureen McCormick did a memorable ep of My Three Sons as one of Ernie's classmates; her character was central to the episode (and a good example of her work post-Bewitched and pre-Brady). I also watch for siblings of the Brady kids, like Eve Plumb's sister who did an episode of Dusty's Trail. Lovely woman!
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Been a long time since I saw RR's ep of FKB (1959). As I recall, the episode had to do with a radio or radio shop -- something to look forward to if Season 6 ever makes it to DVD releases (hopefully in my lifetime yet...!).

Love those Brady actor appearances. Maureen McCormick did a memorable ep of My Three Sons as one of Ernie's classmates; her character was central to the episode (and a good example of her work post-Bewitched and pre-Brady). I also watch for siblings of the Brady kids, like Eve Plumb's sister who did an episode of Dusty's Trail. Lovely woman!
Did you ever see Eve Plumb in the 80s TV flick The Night the Bridge Fell Down? It reunited her with Desi Arnaz, Jr. who played the bad guy.
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Uhmmmmmm, Eve didn't have a scene with Desi Jr.........Susan and Maureen, even Florence.......but not Eve
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Yes, mainly she stays out of the limelight (except for public appearances, autograph shows, etc.) and is a single mom raising her teenage son. Plus, of course, she just co-wrote the Variety Hour book.

I just picked up the book. Tons of great pictures in there and I have to say that this must be the most obscure series to ever have a book written about it. What a train wreck. But Monica, maybe you can explain it to me but I just don't get the fascination with the Bradys. Yes, Maureen was gorgeous and the other 2 grew up to be pretty as well. But it wasn't a highly rated show and frankly it wasn't a very good show either. Petticoat Junction, which ran for 7 years had 3 beautiful girls in it as well and that isn't a cult show. Was it the sheer number of kids in the family (6) that made it popular? Just the Ten of Us and Eight is Enough has a lot of kids and those aren't cult shows. Maybe you can explain it to me as it's something I've never understood.

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I just picked up the book. Tons of great pictures in their and I have to say that this must be the most obscure series to ever have a book written about it. What a train wreck. But Monica, maybe you can explain it to me but I just don't get the fascination with the Bradys. Yes, Maureen was gorgeous and the other 2 grew up to be pretty as well. But it wasn't a highly rated show and frankly it wasn't a very good show either. Petticoat Junction, which ran for 7 years had 3 beautiful girls in it as well and that isn't a cult show. Was it the sheer number of kids in the family (6) that made it popular? Just the Ten of Us and Eight is Enough has a lot of kids and those aren't cult shows. Maybe you can explain it to me as it's something I've never understood.
I don't really know!! The Brady phenomenon is something I've never really understood either, but I've always loved it. My former boss used to host a pop culture radio show on the side, and he once loaned me the DVD he had of the show (which had 2 episodes and an interview with Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland). I loved the other 3 shows you mentioned and I have no idea why they aren't as popular and not out on DVD (or at least syndication).

The book itself is a lot of fun. What detail went into it!! My personal favorite chapter is the one about the Kroftettes. Boy, were they brave! Having both a phobia of heights AND deep water, there's no way I could've done what they did - and kept smiling!!
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Who would've guessed that a Brady show looking like this wouldn't have lasted?
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Here's what Geri Reischl (Fake Jan) looks like these days - she turns 50 on New Year's Eve and still looks great!!
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Yikes, that makes me feel so old. Fake Jan certainly looks a lot better than real Jan does these days.

Speaking of the Bradys, I went to see Maureen when she was on Broadway doing Grease in the mid-90s. Still pretty, still had great hair. I think I got an autographed photo of her that's lying around her somewhere. Hey, do you remember their appearances on the show Star Games? Mid-80s series that was kind of like a weekly version of Battle of the Network Stars. I have a few of them with the Bradys on it.
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Yikes, that makes me feel so old. Fake Jan certainly looks a lot better than real Jan does these days.

Speaking of the Bradys, I went to see Maureen when she was on Broadway doing Grease in the mid-90s. Still pretty, still had great hair. I think I got an autographed photo of her that's lying around her somewhere. Hey, do you remember their appearances on the show Star Games? Mid-80s series that was kind of like a weekly version of Battle of the Network Stars. I have a few of them with the Bradys on it.
Yes, Maureen mentions her Grease gig in her autobiography and there are a couple of photos of her in the book in costume as Rizzo. Never saw Star Games but I'll have to check YouTube and see if they exist there. Thanks for the heads up, Mark!!
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I remember Star Games and seeing the Bradys on it!

Maureen's bio is very heart-wrenching. How she has managed to stay sane in light of what has happened the past several years is utterly amazing.
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I remember Star Games and seeing the Bradys on it!

Maureen's bio is very heart-wrenching. How she has managed to stay sane in light of what has happened the past several years is utterly amazing.
Exactly. I for one will never look at the braces episode again without thinking about what happened in her real life to make the tears she cried real.
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Exactly. I for one will never look at the braces episode again without thinking about what happened in her real life to make the tears she cried real.
I haven't read her book but I would have a hard time feeling sorry for someone drop dead gorgeous and talented besides. If she made bad choices in her life, that was her doing. There are many people who don't get to be born beautiful and talented and yet they still manage to have an okay life.
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I haven't read her book but I would have a hard time feeling sorry for someone drop dead gorgeous and talented besides. If she made bad choices in her life, that was her doing. There are many people who don't get to be born beautiful and talented and yet they still manage to have an okay life.
That's true, and thankfully Maureen was fortunate enough to have a grounded husband, daughter and mother who really helped her over the rough patches. Having struggled with depression and panic disorder almost all my life (I'm 30), I can really relate to some of her problems. Having said that, I never got into drug abuse and have never been nearly as gorgeous as Maureen, so I digress.
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I haven't read her book but I would have a hard time feeling sorry for someone drop dead gorgeous and talented besides. If she made bad choices in her life, that was her doing. There are many people who don't get to be born beautiful and talented and yet they still manage to have an okay life.

Everyone is born with assets and liabilities. No asset insulates you from pain, nor should it eliminate you from sympathy from your fellow man.

Some are born with beauty, some with intelligence, some with health, some with a wonderful family, etc, etc. No one comes into this world perfect, and no one ever intends to become drug dependent, depressed, or emotionally unstable.

For the most part, Ms. McCormick seems to have hurt herself, and for that reason alone she is worthy (and deserving) of my sympathy.
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