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Old 09-04-2019, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default A Very Brady Renovation has found unusually surreal ways to revisit the past

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/a...n-bh90210.html

HGTV's Brady Bunch home makeover show "feels like the logical progression of, and the perfect metaphor for, the reboot and revival craze that has brought us Fuller House and Twin Peaks: The Return, that exhumed Veronica Mars and Murphy Brown," says James Poniewozik. "The vast mechanism of TV and streaming has become a Star Trek replicator of pop culture. If I want to see Jean-Luc Picard on my TV again: Make it so! The Brady Bunch is the perfect show to reboot this way, because it has made a posthumous art of reproducing itself. Long before Friends liberated $100 million from Netflix’s pockets, it was the Patient Zero of TV nostalgia, extending its five-season life through reruns, spinoffs, TV movies, theatrical movies, cartoons, a variety show, memes ('Sure, Jan') and not a few tell-alls and documentaries. Its memory surpassed its actual existence. And memory is what HGTV is selling here — well, memory and its own brand." Poniewozik, meanwhile, says BH90210 "is determined not to be just another reboot. So instead it attempts to be just about everything else. It is arch comedy; it is sentimental nostalgia; it is satirical; it is sincere; it is Hollywood story and middle-age story and sexcapade and horror story. It is, above all, a commentary on, and example of, the strangeness and sadness of trying to force the past back to life."
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Watching this now. One (statement) error:

This was the first husband and wife to sleep in the same bed.

Uh...no.

There was at least Darrin and Samantha, and Robbie and Katie on My Three Sons, in 1967. Darrin and Samantha would have been 1964.
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Watching this now. One (statement) error:

This was the first husband and wife to sleep in the same bed.

Uh...no.

There was at least Darrin and Samantha, and Robbie and Katie on My Three Sons, in 1967. Darrin and Samantha would have been 1964.
I caught that when Maureen said it. The first couple to sleep in the same bed was Mary Kay and Johnny in 1947. There was plenty more before 1969.

It surprises me that some of the Brady kids had not seen the house prior to this show or much later after the show ended. You’d think they’d be curious to see it especially since many of them had lived in LA for quite some time.
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We saw a lot of Chris, Maureen, Mike, and Susan. Especially Chris and Maureen. Virtually nothing of Eve and Barry.

They did a great job replicating the living room/dining area, and finding/replicating furnishings and knick knacks. I wondered why they didn't stick a rotary dial landline phone in there. I'm sure they could have found one on Ebay.
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I 'm watching it now. Really fun and interesting !!
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We saw a lot of Chris, Maureen, Mike, and Susan. Especially Chris and Maureen. Virtually nothing of Eve and Barry.

They did a great job replicating the living room/dining area, and finding/replicating furnishings and knick knacks. I wondered why they didn't stick a rotary dial landline phone in there. I'm sure they could have found one on Ebay.

I'm thinking Barry, Eve and Mike will be featured a lot in the next ep. And the three tonight not so much!

How many episodes will this run , does anyone know?
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Am sure I read that there were 4. I hope someone here in Great Britain screens it or my contact from the underworld can download it for me somewhere. Or better still, a dvd release.
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Watching this now. One (statement) error:

This was the first husband and wife to sleep in the same bed.

Uh...no.
If I had been watching it then I would've immediately changed the channel as soon as she said that.
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A Very Brady Renovation makes HGTV history with its best-ever premiere

About 3.36 million watched Monday's premiere of the four-part Brady Bunch home reality renovation series, the highest-rated premiere for an HGTV series. Monday's viewership surpassed Fixer Upper's April 2018 series finale, which attracted 3.27 million viewers. A Very Brady Renovation also delivered HGTV's biggest audience in 2 1/2 years. “We knew A Very Brady Renovation would exceed every expectation,” says HGTV president Jane Latman. “This initial ratings and digital performance report has been nothing short of impressive and our entire team is celebrating. The Brady Bunch is a pop culture phenomenon with incredible appeal, so we expect viewers to return week after week to watch how HGTV renovated and replicated the real Brady Bunch house.”
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A Very Brady Renovation A01 Honey, We're Home

Wow! A few niggles aside which are to come later such as repositioning of the rooms, this was very enjoyable and the reveal of the living room was fantastic. Other than the fourth wall which was a bit off it feels like they got it about 95% right! I can't wait to see the bedrooms, the kitchen and family room as well as Gregs groovy attic.
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Watching this now. One (statement) error:

This was the first husband and wife to sleep in the same bed.

Uh...no.

There was at least Darrin and Samantha, and Robbie and Katie on My Three Sons, in 1967. Darrin and Samantha would have been 1964.

I always thought Herman and Lily Munster were the first couple shown in bed together.
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A Very Brady Renovation A02 Here's the Second Story
Slightly off from being wow this week. Other than the liberty taken with the fourth wall in Mike's den, Mike's was pretty much spot on. The entry arch was a bit too marrow though.

In both the boys and girls bedrooms the windows were way too high which made me wonder whether that was some modern safety thing. The bunk bed also seemed a tad too big but other than that, they did quite well at hitting the nail on the head. Too many liberties were taken with the girls room though. The closet was too far from the door and the fourth wall, well, that changed depending on who was directing. I'd give them about 9 out of 10 for the final result this week.

It is a shame the upstairs hall was wider than it should be and that they were not able to have the upstairs layout match the set. I guess in reality if they had the bedrooms would have been right on the boundry line looking into the neighbours yard.

The Jack and Jill bedroom looked and felt quite good but every Brady fan knows, the Bradys never went to the 'bathroom.'
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I took these screen grabs from the aftershow so we can really pause and analyze them side by side to compare and really nick pick. But in all fairness, HGTV did a great job with what they had to work with.
The Den: The doorway in the original was a lot wider. I guess they had to make it more smaller in order to fit in the room.
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Here is the boy's room. The ladder on the bunk bed looks thicker and wider than the one in the original.
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Here is the girl's room. The dresser is wider and the mirror is bigger. There is no closet next to the door.
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