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Florence Henderson Remembered: Big-Hearted, a Little Bawdy and Incredibly Talented

Florence Henderson Remembered: Big-Hearted, a Little Bawdy and Incredibly Talented
Florence Henderson loved playing Carol Brady. She respected what the chipper “The Brady Bunch” matriarch represented to millions of fans. But she was not Carol Brady.

Henderson, the actress and singer who died unexpectedly on Nov. 24 at the age of 82, was a fun-loving person endowed with a bawdy sense of humor.

“She loved raucous behavior,” said Lloyd Schwartz, producer and son of “Brady Bunch” creator Sherwood Schwartz. “She would always be palling around with the guys, and she could give as good as she got, in such a great way.”

At the same time, Henderson was a motherly presence to the six youthful stars of the series. She was beloved by the entire “Brady” company for being a consummate pro with a gigantic heart. She commanded respect for forging a showbiz career after a hardscrabble upbringing in Kentucky, where she was the 10th child in a family of 10.

“If you needed anything, she
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Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82

Florence Henderson, ‘Brady Bunch’ Mom and TV Icon, Dies at 82
Florence Henderson, the actress who defined the television mom of the modern era with her starring role in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Henderson’s manager, Kayla Pressman, confirmed the actress died on Thanksgiving night surrounded by family and friends. She’d been hospitalized the day before.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from heart failure,” said Henderson’s family in a statement. “On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private.”

Henderson seen was on camera as recently as Monday when she attended the taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Her one-time TV daughter, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” fame, was a contestant on the show this season
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CBS Creating Stage Shows Based on ‘Brady Bunch,’ More

Theater audiences will soon get to see the story of what happens when a lovely lady meets a man named Brady.

CBS Consumer Products has partnered with creator Sherwood Schwartz’s family on a comedic musical stage show based on his sitcom “The Brady Bunch.” The play will feature a new story, but will still focus on the original characters from the sitcom about a happy band of stepsiblings and their newly married parents. Schwartz’s children, Lloyd J. Schwartz and Hope Juber, wrote the book. Juper wrote the music with her husband, Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Production dates are not yet available.

CBS is also bellying up to the bar for “Cheers Live on Stage,” a stage production that will showcase classic moments from the long-running sitcom that starred Ted Danson as often-troubled Boston bar owner Sam Malone. Stageworks Media is developing the production, which will be produced and
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Warner Bros. Slams “Unauthorized” ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Copyright Lawsuit

“There is no merit to this lawsuit,” said Warner Bros today in response to a copyright infringement lawsuit over a potential big screen Gilligan’s Island reboot. “Not only does the plaintiff have no rights in an unauthorized work based on the Gilligan property, the project he’s suing over never went forward.” The plaintiff in question is Travis Dunson, who hit the studio with a multi-claim complaint in federal court in Georgia earlier this week (read it here).

The seemingly creditless Dunson is alleging that WB lifted elements of his 1999 script Gilligan’s Island: 7 Stranded Castaways From The Hood for an adaption of the classic 60s CBS TV series. WB announced last December that they would be making a new Gilligan’s Island with Josh Gad. In his lawsuit, Dunson wants the new Gilligan shut down and he wants wide ranging unspecified damages – though it is unclear if it is the Gad,
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'.Gilligan's Island'. Movie Starring & Written By Josh Gad In The Works

Josh Gad plans on co-writing and starring in a movie adaptation of 60s TV show Gilligan’s Island.

Josh Gad Making 'Gilligan's Island' Movie

Gad will get help on the script with 1600 Penn’s Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Producing the film will be Gilligan’s Island show creator Sherwood Schwartz’s two sons – Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz.

While Gad will definitely have a part in the movie, it has yet to be announced which character the actor will take on.

The original Gilligan’s Island premiered in 1964 and followed a group of seven men and women who were stranded out at sea on an unknown island after getting shipwrecked in a storm. The survivors of the S.S. Minnow – Gilligan (Bob Denver), The Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.), Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer), Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), Professor Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson) and
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Josh Gad To Write And Star In ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Reboot

Josh Gad has been chosen to write and star in the Gilligan’s Island reboot for Warner Bros.

Gad, who is probably best known for his Broadway performance in “Book Of Mormon,” will get some help with the script by Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd Schwartz — son of original show producer Sherwood Shwartz — is exec producing with Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers.

There’s no word on which character Gad will play, but given that he’s the star of the movie, some speculate he” play The Skipper.

Gilligan’s Island ran on CBS for three seasons between 1964 and 1967. The first season was filmed in black and white and later colorized for syndication. The show’s second and third seasons and three additional television movies were filmed in color.

The iconic show centered on the wacky misadventures of seven castaways — two crew members, a millionaire couple, a professor,
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Gilligan's Island: Josh Gad to Star in Warner Bros Movie

Warner Bros. has made a deal with Josh Gad (NBC's 1600 Penn, Fox's Back to You) to star in the upcoming movie based on 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. There's no word on which of the seven iconic castaways Gad will play but Gilligan seems likely.

Gad is also set to write the feature film with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez.

The original Gilligan's Island series stars Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells. The sitcom ran for just three seasons.

It was created by Sherwood Schwartz who passed away in 2011. Before he died, Schwartz suggested that Michael Cera might make a good Gilligan.

His sons, Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz are executive producing the movie along with Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers, the daughters of late actor/producer
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Josh Gad Will Star in Gilligan's Island: Is He Gilligan or Skipper?

Josh Gad Will Star in Gilligan's Island: Is He Gilligan or Skipper?
Warner Bros. has tapped Josh Gad to star in and co-write the screenplay for their long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Gilligan's Island.

The studio had previously tried to bring the beloved TV series to life in 2010, when Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear) was attached to write the script, and Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle were set to produce. Neither the writer or producers are involved in this new version, which will be co-written by Josh Gad, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. It isn't known what role Josh Gad will play, although there is speculation he may portray either The Skipper or Gilligan himself.

Lloyd J. Schwartz, Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers will serve as executive producers. No production schedule was given.

Sherwood Schwartz created the original Gilligan's Island TV series, which ran for 96 episodes over three seasons between 1964 and 1967. The story centered on a three-hour boat tour from Honolulu that went awry,
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Warners Bros. Bringing 'Gilligan's Island' to Big Screen with Josh Gad

Warner Bros. is about to go on a fateful trip, that started on a tropic port aboard a tiny ship. The studio is putting into motion a big-screen version of Gilligan's Island, the classic 1960s television comedy, that will serve as a vehicle for Josh Gad, the Broadway star who is currently one of the star voices in Disney’s Frozen, THR has confirmed. Gad will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez and will also star. Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz, the children of Island creator Sherwood Schwartz (a TV legend who also created The Brady Bunch)

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Josh Gad to Star in ‘Gilligan’s Island’ for Warner Bros.

Josh Gad to Star in ‘Gilligan’s Island’ for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is sending Josh Gad to “Gilligan’s Island,” its long-in-development movie adaptation of the 1960s sitcom.

The “Book Of Mormon” is on board to star and to write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd Schwartz — son of original show producer Sherwood Shwartz — is exec producing with Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers.

Warner Bros. has not set up “Gilligan’s Island” with a producer. Variety reported in 2010 that the studio had launched development with Atlas Entertainment’s Chuck Roven and Richard Suckle but they are no longer involved.

The iconic CBS sitcom, which generated solid ratings during its three seasons between 1964 and 1967 and then found something close to eternal life in syndication.

The 98 episodes of “Gilligan’s Island,” starring Bob Denver as the hapless title character, centered on the wacky misadventures of seven castaways — two crew members,
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Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad

Warner Bros Sets ‘Gilligan’s Island’ As Star Feature Vehicle For Josh Gad
Exclusive: Remember Gilligan’s Island, the venerable 1960s TV series about seven castaways who wind up stranded on a tropical island after a torrential storm shipwrecks their yacht The S.S. Minnow? Warner Bros is charting a course for a feature film based on the series. It will be fashioned as a star vessel for Book Of Mormon‘s Josh Gad. Gad, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez will write the script. Lloyd Schwartz, Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers will be executive producers. They’re not saying what character Gad would play, but the title character seems a possibility, though he could conceivably play The Skipper. The original series with the catchy theme song was created by Sherwood Schwartz, and starred Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr as Skipper, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer as Thurston and Lovey Howell, Dawn Wells as Mary Ann, and Tina Louise as Ginger.
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Josh Gad To Skipper Gilligan's Island Movie

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is planning to resuscitate Gilligan's Island. No, not as a television series, like the original with ran from 1964 to 1967. While the show only lasted three seasons, the re-runs have thrived over the decades. The original cast was made up of: Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale Jr as the Skipper, Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, Natalie Schaefer as Lovie Howell, Tina Louise as Ginger, Russell Johnson as the Professor, and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann. As for this new project, WB is hoping this new version of Gilligan's Island will be a launching pad for Josh Gad. Who you may know from The Rocker, or more recently Frozen. He voiced Olaf the naive but lovable snowman. It will be fashioned as a star vessel for Book Of Mormon‘s Josh Gad. Gad, Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez will write the script. Lloyd Schwartz, Ross Schwartz,
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'Gilligan's Island' Movie Coming to a Theater Near You, Josh Gad to Star

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Proving that there's still at least one classic TV show that hasn't gotten a movie adaptation, Deadline is reporting that "Gilligan's Island" is now headed for the big screen, starring Josh Gad.

It's unclear what character Gad would play, though it will most likely be the titular castaway, or perhaps the Skipper. Gad is co-writing the project with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez.

"Gilligan's Island" focused on a group of seven castaways who washed up on an island after their scenic boat tour ran into a storm that threw them off course. The series, created in 1964 by Sherwood Schwartz (the man behind other classic '60s series "The Brady Bunch"), ran for three seasons on CBS and spawned three movie specials; it was also a huge hit in syndication.

Schwartz's sons, Lloyd Schwartz and Ross Schwartz, are co-producing the project alongside Cathy Silvers and Tracey Silvers. Here's hoping that family
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Josh Gad Books a Three-Hour Tour to Gilligan's Island

Warner Bros. is moving forward with their Gilligan's Island adaptation and have signed Josh Gad for a lead role, reports Deadline . Gad, who can currently be heard on the big screen as the snowman Olaf in Frozen , will write the script with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez. Lloyd Schwartz, Ross Schwartz, Tracey Silvers and Cathy Silvers will executive produce. According to the site, the studio is not saying which character Gad would play. It could be the title character or maybe even The Skipper. The original show featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Dawn Wells and Tina Louise as a band of unlikely castaways stranded on an uncharted island after a three-hour tour. 98 episodes of the show ran on CBS from 1964 to 1967. The first season was filmed in...
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Vince Vaughn and CBS rebooting The Brady Bunch

CBS is developing a reboot to the 70s family comedy, The Brady Bunch. The original show was created by Sherwood Schwartz and ran on ABC from 1969-1974. It focused on a marriage between a widowed architect with three sons and a single mother with three daughters.

The reboot is being written by Mike Mariano (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl) and will be executive produced by Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers, The Watch). The new show will follow Bobby Brady, one of the boys from the original, who is divorced and has his own children now. He gets remarried to a woman who has kids as well and they have a child of their own. The ex-spouses will also be a part of the family, showing how the definition of family has changed since the original show.

Aside from Vince Vaughn, Mike Mariano will also be an executive producer, as well as Lloyd Schwartz,
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Vince Vaughn Launching Brady Bunch Continuation

Vince Vaughn Launching Brady Bunch Continuation

Hey, it worked for Dallas!  Vince Vaughn will star as a grown up Bobby Brady in CBS's continuation of the classic Brady Bunch franchise.  Do not, I repeat, do not call this a reboot.  The show exists in the same universe as the original series and has very similar themes, but this is most definitely a spin-off from the original show and not a reinvention of the franchise.

In the new Brady Bunch,  Bobby finds himself in much the same circumstances as his parents with a few contemporary twists.  The basis is still alive and kicking, Bobby has married a woman and they each have children of their own resulting in a mixed step brood.  The differences are that they have a child between them as well, and this time the exes are recurring characters.

There has been no word on whether or not
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Vince Vaughn apparently bringing ‘The Brady Bunch’ back

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like ‘The Brady Bunch’ is going to be coming back to TV in part thanks to Vince Vaughn.

It is reported that CBS is developing a reboot of the show with Vaughn attached as an executive producer, states UsMagazine.com. The show will allegedly be set in modern time and take on a more modern feel while tackling the blended families.

Lloyd Schwartz is reportedly also an executive producer for the show.

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Vaughn Producing "Brady Bunch" Reboot

CBS is developing a new version of classic sitcom "The Brady Bunch" which will be co-developed and executive produced by Vince Vaughn. The multi-camera comedy series has scored a script order which Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope," "My Name Is Earl") is penning says Deadline.

The show is not so much a remake or reboot as it is a sequel. In this version the youngest of the original Brady kids, Bobby Brady, is now a grown up divorcee with kids of his own. He then remarries a woman who also has her own kids.

They also have a child together, while their ex-spouses are still part of their lives - the intention being to "reflect the evolution of family dynamics" in the interim since the original.

Mariano, Vaughn, Lloyd Schwartz, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley will all executive produce. CBS TV Studios, who produce "Hawaii Five-0" for the network, will also produce this.
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'The Brady Bunch' returning to TV? Vince Vaughn producing a reboot for CBS

One of the best-loved sitcoms in TV history is being prepped for a 21st-century update. Are you ready for a new "Brady Bunch"?

CBS and Vince Vaughn hope so. Vaughn and Lloyd Schwartz, the son of "Brady Bunch" creator Sherwood Schwartz, are executive producing a reboot/sequel to the 1969-74 series for the network, Deadline reports. Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope," "My Name Is Earl") will write the pilot script and also serve as an exec producer.

The new series would focus on Bobby Brady (originally played by Mike Lookinland), who was 8 years old when the show debuted and, if the show follows the original's continuity, would be in his early 50s now. Like his dad Mike, he's on his second marriage (he's divorced rather than widowed, though) and is with a woman who has children of her own from a previous marriage.

Unlike the old show, though, Bobby and his
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New Brady Bunch Series In Development at CBS

New Brady Bunch Series In Development at CBS
Here’s the story of a man named Vince Vaughn, who is looking to bring The Brady Bunch to a new generation.

The Wedding Crashers star is working with CBS to develop a continuation of the beloved mixed-family sitcom, which aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974.

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As our sister site Deadline reports, the multi-camera comedy project — which at this point has received only a script order — centers on a grown and divorced Bobby Brady (the original clan’s youngest son), who now has children of his own and
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