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Remembering 'Gilligan's Island,' 'Brady Bunch' creator Sherwood Schwartz
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/07/remembering-gilligans-island-brady-bunch-creator-sherwood-schwartz.html ^ | 7/12/2011 | LA Times

Posted on 07/12/2011 5:31:16 PM PDT by Morgana

The Times wasn't kind when it reviewed "Gilligan's Island" in 1964, writing, "'Gilligan's Island' is a television series that never should have reached the air this season, or any other season." But the series defied critics and lasted for three seasons, eventually becoming a staple of syndication.

Its creator, Sherwood Schwartz, died of natural causes Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 94.

Schwartz's impact on pop culture will long survive. In addition to "Gilligan's Island," Schwartz created the family sitcom "The Brady Bunch." Each series came affixed with its own memorably jolly theme song, with lyrics written by Schwartz

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: death; gilligan; gilligansisland; ginger; gingergrant; littlebuddy; maryann; professor; schwartz; sherwood; sherwoodschwartz; skipper


1 posted on 07/12/2011 5:31:24 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Mary Ann is hotter than Ginger.


2 posted on 07/12/2011 5:34:30 PM PDT by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Morgana

What was to him a fun romp with a “what if...” premise ended up being a timeless classic.

Like Star Trek, there are so few of this still around.

RIP Sherwood — your humor stands up today as well as it did 40+ years ago.


3 posted on 07/12/2011 5:34:56 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Morgana

mary ann.


4 posted on 07/12/2011 5:37:10 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican: taker of the Founder's 'Red Pill'...www.mikechurch.com)
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To: FightThePower!; All

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5 posted on 07/12/2011 5:37:59 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: waterhill

6 posted on 07/12/2011 5:40:12 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: Morgana
I enjoyed Gilligan's Island.

Now who has messed up the clock on FR. I am posting this at 5:25PM and the clock is about 10 minutes faster.

7 posted on 07/12/2011 5:40:22 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: waterhill
If Mary Ann put on glasses, she'd look an awful lot like Sarah Palin.

Yes, I also prefer Mary-Ann to Ginger. Ginger is a bimbo.

8 posted on 07/12/2011 5:40:34 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Morgana
The characters he created were so durable, that they killed the careers of every actor on his shows.
9 posted on 07/12/2011 5:40:45 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: All

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10 posted on 07/12/2011 5:41:45 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Morgana

Say what you will, Gilligan’s Island is a bazillion times better than the garbage that passes for TV shows today.


11 posted on 07/12/2011 6:04:50 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Morgana

I wonder why my kids, 14 years old, has seen every stinkin’ episode of SpongeBob and all shows of that ilk, time after time, after time, after time...until I remember how many Gilligan’s Island episodes I knew by heart.


12 posted on 07/12/2011 6:05:51 PM PDT by IrishPennant (We've vanquished them in Tripoli before...bring it!)
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To: freedumb2003

In the special features of the Season 1 DVD, Sherwood Schwartz tells a funny story about the casting.

They originally offered the role of Gilligan to Jerry Van Dyke. But Van Dyke’s agent advised him to turn it down, since he was sure the show would flop. The agent told Van Dyke to instead accept the starring role in a new NBC sit-com called “My Mother the Car.”


13 posted on 07/12/2011 6:17:39 PM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: Morgana
If you don't want your childhood memories ripped to shreds, for God's sake, don't look here.
 
And, yeah...I always thought Mary Ann was hotter, but looking back at the old pix, I think I'm more of a Ginger-head, now.
 
 

14 posted on 07/12/2011 6:20:07 PM PDT by Harpo Speaks (Honk! Honk! Honk! Either it's foggy out, or make that a dozen hard boiled eggs.)
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To: ViLaLuz

True that!!


15 posted on 07/12/2011 6:22:32 PM PDT by texaschick
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To: 04-Bravo

>>The agent told Van Dyke to instead accept the starring role in a new NBC sit-com called “My Mother the Car.”<<

Lordy! I can still remember (and sing) the theme to “My mother the car.” I have no idea why. Theme songs seem to stick in my head for some reason...

I can’t recall a single episode, though...


16 posted on 07/12/2011 6:30:02 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: 04-Bravo
I've heard that one before. But Bob Denver was just such a big part of the show, I couldn't imagine Jerry Van Dyke doing it as well and the show doing as well.

Then again, the first long-running show I saw JVD in was "Coach", so it took a while for him.

17 posted on 07/12/2011 6:58:14 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Morgana

I was raised by these guys. haha—(sort of).


18 posted on 07/12/2011 6:58:14 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: ViLaLuz

19 posted on 07/12/2011 7:00:24 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: Morgana

RIP Sherwood - Thanks for creating some decent family viewing. Many people still enjoy your shows.


20 posted on 07/12/2011 7:02:12 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: FightThePower!

I guess I’m not in the mainstream, but I never got Gilligan. I guess he was trying to play Stan Laurel to Hale’s Oliver Hardy, but it was just too predictable. Maryann was great eye candy but she wasn’t enough to make me watch the show.

Now Julie Newmar as Cat Woman was enough to get me to watch Batman! I think the best sitcom of the era was Get Smart. (and then Monty Python changed everything for me)


21 posted on 07/12/2011 7:11:59 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Harpo Speaks

Tina looks like she had some bad plastic surgery.

Dawn looks like a dopey grandma. (Not bad for a mug shot though.)


22 posted on 07/12/2011 7:31:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Morgana

He was also head writer for The Red Skelton Show.

Never cared much for The Brady Bunch.


23 posted on 07/12/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog; Lazamataz
Dawn looks like a dopey grandma. (Not bad for a mug shot though.)

I bet laz would hit it (Maryanne, not the bong).

24 posted on 07/12/2011 7:37:07 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: FightThePower!
Mary Ann is hotter than Ginger.

The proper answer to the "Mary Ann or Ginger" question is "yes."

25 posted on 07/12/2011 7:39:19 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Harpo Speaks

Wonder why “Mary Ann” was getting her mug shot taken...LOL

They both look exhausted.


26 posted on 07/12/2011 7:41:01 PM PDT by madison10
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To: 04-Bravo
They originally offered the role of Gilligan to Jerry Van Dyke. But Van Dyke’s agent advised him to turn it down, since he was sure the show would flop. The agent told Van Dyke to instead accept the starring role in a new NBC sit-com called “My Mother the Car.”
That's something like being advised against taking the lead role in Plan 9 from Outer Space in favour of taking the lead role in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, isn't it?

Sherwood Schwartz began his career writing for Bob Hope on radio in 1939 and continued writing for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on radio as well. (Though it took years for people to know he was part of the latter show, since that chowderhead Ozzie was fool enough not to credit his writers, believing in his gut that everyone thought he did the writing when about all he actually did was edit the scripts cleverly enough. Don't fault the man, he wasn't the only one who didn't credit the writers, and at least he wasn't the jackass Red Skelton was taking credit for the characters his writers invented for him . . .)

Talk about career devolution.

RIP Mr. Schwartz. I'd rather think of you writing so brilliantly for Ol' Ski Nose and that Nelson clan than having caused us to ponder whatever did we do to deserve the Eighth Amendment violations (even if Mary Ann was foxier than Ginger) that were Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch.

Because when you were writing for classic radio, you truly were in your element. And you deserve to be remembered for that work way more than for seven stranded castaways and Marcia-Marcia-Marcia!!! . . .

27 posted on 07/12/2011 7:50:00 PM PDT by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: BluesDuke
Trivia question: What was the name of the song that caused the tomato's in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes to shrink?

No fair looking!

28 posted on 07/12/2011 8:12:30 PM PDT by Sarajevo (The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.)
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To: Sarajevo

I think it was “Puberty Love,” but don’t quote me. The only time I saw that abomination, when some friends rented it, poor darlings, George H.W. Bush was in the White House . . .


29 posted on 07/12/2011 8:19:27 PM PDT by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: Morgana

Thank you, Sherwood. I spent many afternoons watching Gilligan’s Island. I even had a bit of a crush on the Professor.


30 posted on 07/12/2011 9:44:43 PM PDT by Melian ("I can't spare this [wo]man; [s]he fights!" (Apologies to Abe Lincoln) Go, Sarah!)
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To: Morgana

RIP Mr. Schwartz. Thank you for T.V. shows where neuroticism was not a virtue.


31 posted on 07/12/2011 9:58:37 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Morgana; freedumb2003

The forgotten Sherwood Schwartz show.

It’s About Time TV series open

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1G-TsdNWGg

and My Mother the Car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kz3hfJweE0


32 posted on 07/13/2011 2:07:55 AM PDT by tlb
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To: madison10

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336817,00.html


33 posted on 07/13/2011 5:14:06 AM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: BluesDuke

34 posted on 07/13/2011 5:16:36 AM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: tlb

>>It’s About Time TV series open<<

I LOVED that show! And yes, that is anther TV theme song I can sing from memory.

I remember that actor who would always say “ooh! ooh!”


35 posted on 07/13/2011 8:53:58 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Morgana

Sorry, I still hate that show. There were far better and funnier family comedies than that.


36 posted on 07/13/2011 11:44:05 AM PDT by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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To: BluesDuke

37 posted on 07/13/2011 12:41:49 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: BluesDuke

Yep. I always thought that I was one of the few that remembered that annoying tune. Cheers!


38 posted on 07/13/2011 12:50:09 PM PDT by Sarajevo (The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.)
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To: Morgana
Please, please, there is such a thing as the Eighth Amendment . . .

You can have all that dreck. I'll stick with . . .

I would trade a single episode of either of these two shows for every damn last entry in the catalogs of the others. For one thing, these two shows had one impeccable virtue---they weren't moronic, and they actually were (are) funny. ;)

39 posted on 07/14/2011 10:24:50 AM PDT by BluesDuke (Another brief interlude from the small apartment halfway up in the middle of nowhere in particular)
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