When the series showed less than stellar success as a drama, the producers decided to turn it into a comedy - by laying a laugh track under the existing, unaltered dramatic script, resulting in an often bizarre juxtaposition of cues for the audience.
After the huge ratings of A Very Brady Christmas, CBS wanted two more reunions of The Brady Bunch, one dealing with Bobby's paraplegia after a race car accident, and another dealing with Mike's political ambitions. However, the network decided that a series would be more lucrative instead.
Sherwood Schwartz blamed the show's failure on its time slot, Friday at 8PM Eastern/7 PM Central, up against ABC's family-oriented sitcom lineup TGIF, where the original series once aired. He believed the show should be on later, but CBS refused to move _"Dallas" (1978)_, which, while declining, was still a Top 40-rated series.
Once again Robert Reed fought with Sherwood Schwartz over script quality. When Schwartz refused to make the changes he desired, Reed bypassed him and Paramount and went straight to CBS to complain. Schwartz was furious, and no one at CBS listened because due to the executive turnover at the time, people there feared for their jobs.
The last minute switch by CBS to convert the TV movies to a weekly series prompted Maureen McCormick to bow out of the project. McCormick had just welcomed a daughter and did not want to commit to the weekly grind at that point.