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Love to Love You Bradys: The Bizarre Story of the Brady Bunch Variety Hour Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"[Susan Olsen] bravely relives this disco-era cautionary tale while dissecting the singing-and-dancing Brady's pop culture impact in her new behind-the-scenes tell-all." Retroality.tv
"Undeniably, a head-scratchingly hilarious celebration . . . Love to Love You Bradys is the Wisconsin Death Trip of the disco erastrange, awful and utterly, guilt-inducingly fascinating." Salon.com Critics' Picks
"An incredibly detailed account of exactly how this TV debacle came to be be." AfterElton.com
"Full of photos, the book is a colorful document of a television show so bad, it's legendary. Most good shows don't get treatments this detailed." Bookgasm
About the Author
Ted Nichelson is a writer, musician, scholar, business entrepreneur, and pop culture historian. Susan Olsen is internationally recognized for her role as Cindy Brady on The Brady Bunch. She is an actress, writer, artist, producer, and radio personality. Lisa Sutton is a graphic designer and art director. She writes a weekly television and pop-culture memorabilia column for TVLand.com. They all live in Los Angeles.
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The book answers burning questions such as: Why wasn't Eve Plumb involved in the show and which famous socialite nearly replaced her? Which guest-star staggered through a taping drunk? Whose coochie did Chris Knight sneak a peek at? What happened to guest-star Lee Majors' steak? Which Brady became hostile with their co-stars during tapings? Which Brady was nearly reduced to tears by executive producer Marty Krofft? What did they fill the swimming pool with? Which Brady did Fake Jan sleep with... and which one did she WANT to sleep with? Why was Hollywood legend Natalie Wood at a taping? How do Paul Shaffer and Chevy Chase fit into the grand scheme of things? Which series regulars couldn't stand each other? What happened when series writer Bruce Vilanch asked to see guest-star Milton Berle's infamous endowment? Which Brady kid can be seen flipping the bird in an episode?
In addition to all of that, there's an episode guide that includes details on flubs and other things to look for, info on each of the guest stars and cast/crew's remembrances of them, production sketches, script excerpts and much more!
For any fans of The Brady Bunch and/or Sid & Marty Krofft, the book's a must-read!
After a few members of the original "Brady Bunch" appeared on "The Donny and Marie Show", which sent that shows' Nielsen figures through the roof, "Donny and Marie's" shows' producers decided to spin-off the cast of "The Brady Bunch" into their very own weekly one hour variety show. Another fact that led to this decision was how popular "The Brady Bunch" was in syndication in 1976, even more popular than it was in its original netwrok airings.
Susan Olsen does a remarkable job detatiling the back-stabbing, the heartbreak, the problems, and the humungous egos that beset not only the members of the cast of "The Brady Bunch Hour", but it's producers and guest-stars. TV Guide stated in 2002 that "The Brady Bunch Hour" ranked as one of the five worst shows ever broadcast on American television. Susan doesn't shy away from this known fact: if anything she writes how bad the series was acted, how terrible the song choices were, and how rediculous the premise was in putting the Bradys in their own variety hour.
If your a fan of the Bradys or interested in anything to do with 1970's television, this is a fun read and a great walk down memory lane when disco was in, bell-bottom pants were the rage, and variety programming ruled network TV.
If you have any interest in the Brady Bunch, Sid and Marty Krofft, or just TV show business in the 70s in general, this is the book to get. This is the story from start to finish on how the Brady Hour came to be, and how it faded away. I loved every minute of it.
So there are cast anecdotes, stories about the crew, and possibly more than one might wish on some details (i.e. costume sketches). But these items were of major concern to the author, who was there and reports first-hand about how and why a major TV event had a swimming pool and a troupe of synchronized swimmers. How they made this work for nine episodes is truly a wonder, but I'm glad they did.
One curiosity - this book is described as a "coffee table" book. I didn't find it so with its soft binding, copious illustrations and photographs, and engaging stories. It can be rightfully assigned a place in any library of 1970s memorabilia.